An aerial shot of Royal Portrush Golf Club, County Antrim.
Some unmissables on the Causeway Coastal Route.
Golfing at Galgorm
This is how you start a golf trip! Your adventure across Northern Ireland gets underway at Galgorm Castle Golf Club. This beautiful 18-hole, par-72 championship course covers 220 acres of lush parkland and hosts the NI Open. If you’re playing Galgorm Castle Golf Club, you’ve got a real treat waiting for you off-course. Right next door, you’ll find one of the region’s most spectacular resorts, Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort. Make sure you recharge post-game in one of the many restaurants, bars or riverside hot-tubs.
Causeway Coastal Route
Time to hit the road. But not just any old road. The gorgeous Causeway Coastal Route is an iconic drive along a dramatic coastline with ocean vistas you can’t help stopping to stare at. National Geographic even named it among the world’s greatest road trips. Bring the good camera!
Spots to stop
There are dozens of great places to visit along the Causeway Coastal Route. Among the absolute must-sees are the mind-boggling natural wonder of the Giant’s Causeway, and the knuckle-whitening Carrick-a-Rede, a 350-year-old rope bridge that lets you cross the Atlantic on foot. Need to settle your nerves after that? Stop by the world’s oldest working distillery for a wee sample or two at the nearby Bushmills Distillery.
Here’s a very special hideaway on your trip. The Bushmills Inn is a former coaching inn dating back to the 1700s. Today, you get modern luxury, but it doesn’t compromise its heritage. You can really feel the history when you wander under its low wood-beam ceilings, through narrow stone corridors, and find its rustic fireside snugs. It’s a must for any visitor to the area.
Royal Portrush Golf Club
You can’t miss Royal Portrush while you’re here. It’s the only club on the island to have hosted The Open, and it hosts it again in 2019. Recently ranked in the world’s top 10 courses, Royal Portrush has two championship links courses with jaw-dropping views as far as Scotland and Donegal. It also has some of the most dramatic and challenging holes in world (over-hit your second shot on the fifth and your ball will be lost to the roaring Atlantic Ocean!
There are plenty more gems to find along the glorious Causeway Coastal Route, including Game of Thrones® filming locations, lunch with a view at Harry’s Shack in Portstewart, and the much-loved Ramore restaurants in Portrush.
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