Out and About: Northern Ireland
Home to glacial valleys, beautiful mountains and the number one ranked course in the world, explore all that Northern Ireland has to offer...
Royal County Down
Home to the number one ranked course in the world, the only venue not in Great Britain to host the British Open, and four major champions, Northern Ireland’s seat amongst the best golfing destinations worldwide leaves little in question. Known for its Norman castles, glacial valleys, copious mountain ranges, and both political and religious monuments, the story and evolution of the nation shines through in its appearance. A blend of sightseeing, quality links courses, and diverse accommodations make for completely personalized stay… One you won’t soon forget!
For something a bit smaller and even more intimate, the Shola Coach House, situated there in Portrush as well, will far exceed any expectation. Set on lovely grounds with dense green foliage and perfectly manicured gardens is the 5-star bed and breakfast, which boasts four spacious and stylish en suite bedrooms. The common areas and individually decorated rooms date back to 1860, but have recently seen renovations that placed importance on not only the buildings historical roots, but also valuing the vitality in modern fixtures and furnishings. Just a mile from Portrush town center and a two-minute drive from Royal Portrush Golf Club, the guesthouse could not be more ideally situated.
Royal County Down
Ardglass Golf Club
Things to see & do away from the course
An afternoon traversing Giant’s Causeway should not be missed. What is known today as the fourth greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom, the 40,000 interlocking basalt columns a result of an ancient volcanic eruption. For the fans of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, look no further than Northern Ireland for your sightseeing escapades. Visiting the various locations scattered across Co. Antrim, Co. Fermanagh, and Co. Down offer opportunities to witness firsthand the battlefields, forests, and the beaches the show utilizes to captivate its audience.
Where to eat
Though the quintessential Irish town of Portrush has a plethora of restaurants to choose from, Och8 Tapas Bistro was perfect for a relaxing meal. With succulent options and an array of wines and local beers to choose from, it’s easy to see why this contemporary Mediterranean establishment ranks first in restaurants in Portrush. For something possessing more of an Irish charm, look no further than the restaurant on site at the Bushmills Inn. Using traditional roots and local produce wherever possible, every dish is cooked to order exactly how you’d like it.
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