The North of Ireland truly has some magnificent attractions. Here is just a short list we have put together of some must see sights in the region.
1. Derry City
Where the Wild Atlantic Way ends and the Causeway Coast begins, is our first stop. Derry City is doused in Northern Irish history and heritage. This beautiful city has a number of tours to keep you occupied throughout the day, illustrating the history of the city and showing you some of the memorable sites. The peace bridge, St.Columbs Cathedral and a number of museums are all very popular. Derry is the perfect hub if you are golfing in both the Portrush area or over towards Ballyliffin and Portsalon Golf Club.
Portrush is our next stop along The Causeway Coastal Route. Most known for the spectacular Royal Portrush Golf Club, this lovely seaside port village is a must see when touring the North of Ireland. On the golfing side of things, you have 3 championship standard courses right on your doorstep. Royal Portrush is famously set to host The Open championship next year. It will be the first time in nearly 70 years the tournament has returned to Ireland. Portstewart Golf Club hosted the 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and showcased to the world exactly what the area can offer. Castlerock Golf Club then finishes the trio. Having already completed one phase of course renovations in 2018, plans are already in place for 2019 to really put Castlerock Golf Club on the map.
Even if you are not into the golfing side of things, Portrush has a number of other activities. Bushmills Distillery is a very popular attraction located in the heart of Portrush. Dunluce Castle and Mussenden temple are ancient ruins that attract all lot of tourists. Then further afield you have Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge and as we have mentioned below, The Giants Causeway.
3. The Giants Causeway
The Giants Causeway is one of, if not, the most popular stops along the Causeway Coastal Route. This geographical anomaly has people venturing from all over the globe to visit. Named as one of the world’s heritage sites, the Giant’s Causeway plays host to over half a million visitors a year. At the heart of one of Europe’s most magnificent coastlines its unique rock formations have, for millions of years, stood as a natural rampart against the unbridled ferocity of Atlantic Storms. Your imagination will travel along the stepping stones that lead to either the creative turbulence of a bygone volcanic age or into the mists and legends of the past.
4. Carrick – A – Rede Rope Bridge
The next stop while traveling the Causeway Coastal Route is the Carrick- A –Rede Rope Bridge. The bridge links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede. It spans across 20metres and is 30 meters above the rocks below. The bridge is mainly a tourist attraction nowadays but it was once used primarily for fishermen. The bridge is open all year round and often takes a brave soul to cross it. The attraction has become increasingly more popular over the years and along with the Giants Causeway, would be one of the main stops with witness along the Coastal Route.
5. Belfast City
Our final stop along the Causeway Coastal Route is the capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast City. Much like Derry City, Belfast is steeped in the history and heritage of Northern Ireland’s past. As the years have went on, the cities popularity has only grown. With the sheer volume of tourists visiting the city annually, more and more hotels are being built to accommodate the numbers. With The Open coming Royal Portrush in 2019, Belfast is one of the main hubs for visitors and is largely booked out in advance of the prestigious event.
One of the largest attractions in the city is the Titanic Exhibition. Belfast was of course the birthplace of the infamous ship that sank in 1912 and there is now a resurrected museum dedicated to the sunken vessel.
The North of Ireland truly has some magnificent attractions and with the popularity increasing for all of its links golf courses, it is easy to see why more and more people are adamant to view this part of the country. If you are looking to visit this wonderful part of the world, please contact us and we would be more than happy to help put together your dream golf vacation to Ireland.