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Escape, explore and relax on your ultimate NI staycation

County Antrim

Follow the seas with Sailing in the Wake of Giants, an unforgettable adventure around the spectacular Belfast Lough. Feel the wind in your hair as you step aboard Pristine, a stout 1990 Pacific Seacraft 37 and take to blue seas. You will take in the colossal sights like the hulking Samson and Goliath at Harland & Wolff and head for an epic tour on the high seas. With no previous sailing experience required, don’t miss this opportunity to travel as your ancestors once did.

After all that excitement, Galgorm Resort and Spa is the perfect place to unwind. Set within 163 acres of lush parkland, with the spectacular River Maine flowing through the estate, Galgorm has a truly unique setting. The unique Thermal Spa Village, the first of its kind in Ireland, allows guests to relax in the tranquillity of nature with an extensive selection of riverside hot tubs, indoor and outdoor heated pools, steam rooms and saunas. The resort also boasts a selection of top-class restaurants and bars.

Or if you are after breath-taking sea views, the Salthouse Hotel offers luxury eco-friendly experience on the iconic Causeway Coast. Standing in its own private grounds surrounded by the natural beauty of the countryside, The Salthouse features a soothing spa and laid back bar and restaurant, providing the perfect place to recharge and get away from it all.

There are few places in the world that can compete with the awe-inspiring scenery of the Causeway Coast. So get your hiking boots on and take in sights of the Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle and Carrick-a-rede rope bridge.

County Londonderry

A stunning historical landmark turned luxury boutique hotel, Bishop’s Gate is located in the heart of the Walled City of Derry. This intimate urban oasis featuring 31 luxurious guestrooms, fitness area, The Wig and Gown Champagne Bar and Restaurant and the Hervey Library.

The hotel is an ideal base to explore all the North West has to offer. And why not check out the beautiful scenery from a dizzying new perspective! Cutting Edge Helicopter, situated at the City of Derry Airport, offers the experience of a lifetime with the choice of various custom charters. The stunning views from above give you unparalleled access to some of Northern Ireland’s most spectacular destinations. If you are a Game of Thrones fan, try out the Games of Thrones thrilling Air Tour Adventure and embrace fabulous aerial views and the picturesque scenery of the Causeway Coastal Route used as film locations by HBO in the award-winning series.

County Fermanagh

Discover a unique perspective of the only island town in Ireland on the Enniskillen Taste Experience. On this three-hour gourmet tasting tour, you’ll experience the tastes, sounds and sights of Enniskillen. Your local guide will introduce you to award-winning producers and family run businesses that are passionate about what they do during this gentle and first of its kind food and drink experience of Enniskillen. You’ll get to sample over 20 fantastic food and drink specialities that are unique to County Fermanagh. Including Joe the Baker’s sour dough, Pat O’Doherty’s famous black bacon, Tickety Moo Ice cream, Boatyard Gin, Sharon’s mouth-watering scones, Innishmacsaint beer and much more! You’ll also get to meet local legends along the way too, who can tell stories of Enniskillen like no one else.

Afterwards, escape to the countryside to the luxurious five-star Lough Erne Resort, located just minutes from Enniskillen. Nestled on a 600 acre peninsula, the venue boasts spectacular views of the Fermanagh Lakelands and The Faldo Course – one of Ireland’s top golf resorts. Guests can enjoy a unique Thai inspired experience from the luxury spa treatment menu, and the Thermal Suite and Infinity pool are complimentary for all hotel guests. Savour the resort’s stunning setting in The Catalina Restaurant, Northern Ireland’s 3 AA Rosette Hotel Restaurant.

County Tyrone

Set among meandering streams and winding country roads, Corick House Hotel and Spa is Tyrone’s first four-star hotel and brings guests back in time with period style. From the impressive wrought-iron gates the drive is lined with 300 year old beech trees giving spectacular colour all year round and boasts three acres of mixed grounds and manicured lawns to stroll in. Featuring 43 luxury en-suite bedrooms, this venue has excellent dining and spa facilities, and glorious views of the rolling hills and the cathedral village of Clogher will take your breath away.

Be sure to take some time out for an experience like no other as you gaze at the constellations through a state-of-the-art telescope at OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory. The Stars and Stones Experience invites you to step back in time and learn about these ancient stones, their first observatory. You’ll be joined by a local story-teller and guide as they deftly weave together archaeology and astronomy, telling you about the stones and how they were first discovered. Sperrin Glamping Village, beside the Beaghmore Stone Circles, let’s you sleep under the stars too. Lay your head down in cosy comfort and watch the night sky through the glass roof overhead. Just don’t forget to turn off the lights!

County Armagh

Sample some fine dining at Wine & Brine, an incredible sensory experience. Michelin-star trained chef Chris McGowan gifts skills honed from 20 years of training with acclaimed chefs, so it is no surprise that this is the perfect place to enjoy an intimate dinner, family get-together and more. Wine & Brine’s cuisine is sourced from healthy local herds and poultry allowed to graze in rich pastures and greens and fruits plucked from verdant soils, artistically transformed into sumptuous yet simple fare.

Continue your experience with a stay at the secluded Killeavy Castle Estate. As the centrepiece of 350 acres of mixed farm and woodland in stunning Slieve Gullion, this is the ideal place to retreat and relax.

The beautifully restored 19th century building features 45 guestrooms delicately decorated in a modern style, walls in soft greys, burnt oranges, greens, taking in all the seasonal colours of the hinterland. The Gatelodge provides three guestrooms with distinctive period detailing in keeping with its surroundings.

County Down

Standing on the wooded slopes of the Holywood hills overlooking Belfast Lough is the magnificent five-star Culloden Estate and Spa, offering palatial surroundings, fine antiques and the highest levels of personal service. Each of the 98 guest bedrooms is exquisitely decorated and tastefully furnished, with many boasting stunning views over the estate and Belfast Lough.

The award-winning Mitre Restaurant serves modern Irish cuisine using the freshest local produce, and The Cultra Inn, complete with log fires, is a cosy bar and restaurant which nestles in the estate – perfect for a tasty lunch or pint by the fireside. The Spa offers a wide choice of reviving, rejuvenating, soothing and relaxing treatments.

During your stay, take a wander through history at Montalto Estate, nestled in the picturesque County Down countryside.

This privately-owned demesne dates back to the 1600s, and is famously the site of ‘The Battle of Ballynahinch’ which took place during the 1798 Rebellion.

It is also home to an exotic plant collection initially created by ‘the Father of Irish Gardening’, Sir Arthur Rawdon.



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