Monday, September 27, 2010

Giants Causeway North Antrim Coast Ireland

Giants Causeway to see and do.

This geological phenomenon renowned for its columns of layered basalt is a world heritage site and a fabulous day visit from Belfast (1 and a half hours drive). Owned by the conservation charity. Open daily all year from 9.30am apart from the Christmas holiday period, it sits in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the North Antrim Coast. Northern Ireland's iconic World Heritage Site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is home to a wealth of local history and legend. Explore the basalt stone columns left by volcanic eruptions 60 million years ago and search for distinctive stone formations fancifully named the Camel, Harp and Organ. With beautiful coastal path that extends for 11 miles to Carrick-a-Rede. This place has Geology, flora and fauna of international importance. Runkerry Head provides a spectacular two-mile walk.
Finn MacCool's Causeway is steeped in legend and folklore. Open for walking all year round, with stunning coast and cliff paths for exploration. With guided tours for groups. There are great holiday cottages for rent throughout Antrim from near the Giant's Causeway and Irish Whiskey country on the Northern Coast right down to the shores of Lough Neagh in the South. Many of their holiday homes are ideal for families and several will even allow you to bring pets along. Antrim has some of the finest coastal scenery in the world. There are several resort towns, including Portrush, Portballintrae and Ballycastle on the East Cushendun, Cushendall and Waterfoot on Red Bay, Carnlough and Glenarm Larne on the Sea of Moyle and Whitehead on Belfast Lough. Inland there are the lovely Glens of Antrim and the fertile valleys of the Bann and Lagan, with the intervening shores of Lough Neagh. Belfast is a handsome city with a blend of Victorian architecture and Irish hospitality. Once an area damaged by The Troubles, this is now a vibrant city full of new life, there's so much to see here; Odyssey complex, Belfast City Hall and the Grand Opera House are just to name a few. Safe sandy shores, open farms, rides and amusements, and the Dunluce Centre with viewing tower and 3 adventure areas - even an indoor Waterworld at Portrush.

Whatever your resort requirements, the Causeway Coast has it. Family places like Ballycastle and bustling Portrush teeming with nightlife, or Portballintrae for a quieter, adult break. It's not all surf, sand and castles, the Causeway Coast has some of the world's best golf - 30 top courses with links at Royal Portrush being the granddaddy of them all. After 18 holes, head inland to Ireland's oldest working distillery, Bushmills to experience the art of whiskey in the making. This is truely an amazing place to visit with plenty of Hotels and B&B's to stay over in.

Hotels and B&B’s

Bayview hotel

Is 2,7 km from Giants Causway Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this hotel is situated in the heart of the picturesque harbour-village of Portballintrae, one mile (1.6 km) from Bushmills. Opened in 2001, the hotel with private car park is close to the Old Bushmills Distillery. Ideal for escaping the stresses of everydaylife, the hotel's surroundings offer many opportunities for natural and cultural excursions and activities.The hotel has good conference facilities, and Porthole Restaurant and Bar offers a pleasant space in which to enjoy a meal and drinks. An ideal destination for conferencing, golfing, business or leisure, the hotel has 25 rooms disabled rooms are available.

Causeway lodge

Is 6 km Just 5 minutes away from Giant’s Causeway, this purpose built lodge provides the ideal base from which to explore the natural beauty of North Antrim’s coastline, Causeway Lodge has been approved by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. With just 4 comfortable en suite rooms you can be assured of personal service and a cosy, relaxing atmosphere. Occupying a peaceful rural setting just a short distance away from the Causeway Coastal Route and Whitepark Bay, Causeway Lodge enjoys wonderful views towards the picturesque Causeway Headland.

White Gable B&B

White Gable B&B is set in peaceful countryside just 3 miles from the Giant’s Causeway. Just a 10-minute drive from Bushmills Distillery, it offers rooms with sea views free Wi-Fi and free parking. Rooms at the White Gable all feature hairdryers and tea/coffee making facilities. Traditional cooked breakfasts are served daily.The popular seaside resort of Portrush is a 20-minute drive away. There are fantastic walking routes nearby along the stunning North Antrim coastline.

Albany lodge

Is 9,1 km away from Giants Causeway. Albany Lodge is an award-winning Guesthouse, offers luxury accommodation in the heart of Portrush with outstanding views. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, White Rocks beach and the Skerries Situated in the centre of Portrush close to the bustling Harbour. With restaurants and nightlife only a few minutes walk to the two blue flag beaches and a short distance from the world renowned Royal Portrush Golf Course. Albany Lodge provides luxury accommodation for a relaxing golfing break, that romantic weekend, or for the business traveller. The perfect location to explore the beautiful North Antrim coastline. The hotel has 10 non smoking rooms.

Ramada Hotel Portrush

Is 9,2 km from giants causeway, ans is situated in the centre of Portrush close to the bustling harbour Welcome to the Ramada Portrush, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, on the landmark site of the former Northern Counties Hotel. Staff are on hand 24 hours a day, offering a warm welcome and professional, friendly service with a real commitment to ensure that you enjoy your stay. The Counties Cafe Bar & Restaurant is a totally new concept for Portrush. The town centre location is the perfect venue to meet with friends for a drink or coffee in contemporary surroundings. The hotel has 69 rooms.

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