March 22, 2018 1177

If you searched for “where is Northern Ireland on a map” or landed here for some other related reason then chances are that you don’t come from our little corner of the world.

If that’s the case – HELLO!

Before we answer that important question you should know that you won’t find a better welcome anywhere else in the world! Honestly, we pride ourselves on hospitality, atmosphere and, most importantly, the craic!

Moving on…

Where is Northern Ireland on a Map?

If you’re unsure as to where Northern Ireland is on a map then your best bet is to open up Google Maps, Apple Maps or some other variation.

A quick search of “Northern Ireland” or a scroll around to the UK and Ireland, and a quick zoom into us right up in the north, should leave you with something looking like this…

Where is Northern Ireland on a Map

As you can see, Northern Ireland is located on the island of Ireland and within the UK, right on the very edge of Europe.

Not a bad spot if we do say so ourselves…

What is in Northern Ireland?

No country, no matter how small, can be defined or described by a few short sentences. But to give you an idea of the country, and what we have to offer, we’ll highlight some of the key features below.

For such a small area, relative to other nearby countries, Northern Ireland’s landscape is incredibly diverse. It’s also filled with beautiful attractions and landmarks.

Right in the heart of the country you’ll find Lough Neagh. To the east you’ll find the majestic Mourne Mountains and the serene Strangford Lough. To the west you’ll find the Sperrins and in the south-west you’ll find the Fermanagh Lakelands.

In the north, right at the tip of the island, you’ll find the beautiful north coast.  Sometimes this is referred to as the “Causeway Coast” or “Causeway Coastal Route”. We might be biased (we definitely are…) due to our location here in Portrush, but the north coast is at the centre of Northern Ireland’s tourist attractions. There are golden beaches, dramatic glens and a scattering of idyllic coastal towns and villages to enjoy.

As we said before, this is just a small snapshot of what and where Northern Ireland is!

If you’re thinking of paying us a visit, or have more questions and queries you can get in touch by clicking here!

Until next time…



July 17, 2017 998

The Causeway Coast is beautiful, natural and breathtaking but…it’s also partial to rain from time to time.

Thankfully there’s plenty to do here even if there’s a downpour so we thought we’d list some fun rainy day activities to keep you and your family or friends happy in some classic Northern Irish weather!

Things to do in Northern Ireland when it Rains

  1. Go to Barry’s Amusements

A trip to Portrush just wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Barry’s Amusements. Northern Ireland’s biggest amusement park, first opened in 1926(!), has been the scene of many a fond childhood memory and the rain won’t stop that! 

  1. Find the Game of Thrones Dark Hedges Doors

The Dark Hedges have become an iconic tourist attraction in Northern Ireland, due to both their breathtaking beauty and an appearance in the world famous Game of Thrones TV series, but unfortunately some of the trees were destroyed in a recent storm.

Thankfully, the wood was reclaimed and reworked into 10 Game of Thrones inspired doors that are now hidden in 10 pubs and hotels throughout the country.

You can find 5 of these beautiful hand-crafted doors within the twists and turns of our very own Causeway Coast and Glens.

Are you up to the challenge?

  1. Visit Bushmills Distillery

A visit to Bushmills Distillery should be an essential part of every Causeway Coast trip but it makes even more sense on a rainy day!

This distillery has been around for over 400 years so when you take the tour you’re literally walking through history whilst getting all the sights, sounds and (most importantly) smells of this classic Northern Irish whiskey.

  1. Dive in with Causeway Coasteering and Alive Surf School

Causeway Coasteering - things to do in northern ireland when it rains

If you’re already wet then a little rain won’t hurt, right?

That’s why diving in and getting a real taste of the Causeway Coast experience makes sense on a rainy day! We recommend our friends at Causeway Coasteering and Alive Surf School if you want to get the blood pumping and forget about the grey skies above!

  1. Drink a Local Tipple

We know that sometimes the rain and gloomy weather can get the better of us all and in that case a relaxing drink at the bar is just what the Doctor ordered. Lucky for us we’ve got a bar stocked with all the classics, Bushmills whiskey, premium gins and a few local beers to boot! 

  1. Visit the Giant’s Causeway Centre

Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre - things to do in northern ireland when it rains

The Giant’s Causeway is the iconic centre piece of our coastline but, even though it looks even more dramatic with the crashing waves, you might not want to walk down during a downpour.

Step forward the Giant’s Causeway Centre. There are information displays, short films to watch and a café for teas and coffees to keep you warm.

  1. Visit Hezlett House

A rainy day might also be the perfect time to visit Hezlett House, a thatched cottage over 300 years old, that is one of Northern Ireland’s oldest buildings. You can walk the gardens if you’re wrapped up or enjoy the regularly hosted events and guided tours! 

  1. Relax with Tasty Traybakes

Try a traybake - things to do in northern ireland when it rains

We might be biased but Leona’s Tea Room is definitely worth a visit on a dark and rainy day when you need cheering up!

You’ll be greeted with fresh tea and coffee, classic Northern Irish traybakes and some of the best scones you’ll ever eat! Our tip is to always ask what’s on offer because the specials are definitely worth trying! 

  1. Have a Family Day at the Jet Centre

If you’ve got a car load of bored kids then you might be best heading straight to The Jet Centre. Indoor play areas, cinema, bowling, mini golf and more mean you should have enough options to keep everyone entertained and…most importantly, tire them out!

  1. Visit Ballymoney Museum

Sometimes a rainy day is the perfect opportunity to soak up some culture, history and heritage and Ballymoney Museum offers the perfect look at over 9000 years of local history. From the Celts and Vikings right through to our modern day motorcycle heroes. Best part? It’s absolutely free!



January 10, 2017 468

There’s something special about a road trip and luckily, here in Northern Ireland, we have one of the best around. The Causeway Coastal Route is like a touring playground with 120 miles of twists and turns waiting for you. Add to that the sleepy villages, panoramic views and breathtaking natural formations and you’ll start to realize just how good we’ve got it here on the north coast.

Journey Along the Edge

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Imagine driving along the edge of the country with the entirety of the island of Ireland on one side and nothing but crashing waves and sea on the other. The Causeway Coastal Route places you right on the coast with nothing but uninterrupted views and fresh sea air for company.

See

Northern Ireland is a small country and the north coast is just one tiny part. Some might see that as a negative but we see it as the opposite because there’s something great to see around every corner.

Starting in Belfast you can journey towards The Gobbins, just outside Larne. This latest addition to the route literally lets you scale cliff faces and walk along just feet above the sea. After that make your way towards the heart of the Glens of Antrim – Carnlough, Waterfoot, Cushendun and Cushendall. Each little village has its own character, history and stories to tell. It’s up to you to find out!

Beautiful beaches including White Park Bay, Ballintoy (with the nearby Ballintoy Harbour recently used as a Game of Thrones filming location) and White Rocks wait further up the road. After that you’ll see the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, The Giant’s Causeway, the jewel in the Coastal Route crown, and Dunluce Castle.

As you begin to make your way towards Limavady and Derry/Londonderry you’ll see one of Northern Ireland’s most iconic sites, Mussenden Temple. Who would’ve thought a former library could be so dramatic?

Do 

We don’t just spend our days looking; we get stuck in and get our hands dirty. There’s nowhere better than the Causeway Coastal Route when it comes to “doing”!

There’s the International North West 200, held annually right on the coast, award winning golf courses including Royal Portrush, soon to be home to The Open in 2019, and incredible dining options around every corner.

Stop in to Kiwi’s Brew Bar in Portrush for some of the best local Northern Irish craft beers around. Eat at Upstairs at Joes’ in Cushendall in the shadow of the nearby Lurig Mountain.

The list is endless but it all starts with a set of keys, four wheels and good company!

Live

There’s no better way to experience the Causeway Coastal Route and the north coast of Northern Ireland than by actually doing it and if you’re staying, we’ve got the perfect room ready for you.

Contact us here for more information or call 028 7082 3507