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Northern Ireland’s Causeway, Glens & Lakelands Destination Guide

The best things to do in Northern Ireland’s Causeway, Glens & Lakelands

Travel Inspiration for Your Northern Ireland’s Causeway, Glens & Lakelands Vacation

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Welcome to the Causeway, Glens and Lakelands Region of Northern Ireland! Rugged and relaxing, rural and charming, filled with glittering lake lands and the kinetic energy of the Antrim coast, this region is a must-do destination in Northern Ireland. Walk in the footsteps of a legend at the Giant’s Causeway, immerse in the modern fantasy fiction of Game of Thrones, all in a region known for its traditions in distilling, farming, culture and more.

Explore the best places to eat, see and stay in Northern Ireland's Causeway, Glens & Lakelands

  • Titanic Belfast
  • The Giant’s Causeway
  • The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Top Places to Eat and Drink in Northern Ireland’s Causeway, Glens & Lakelands

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From hidden gems to iconic sights, these are the best places to start your very own Celtic story in Northern Ireland. No matter where you decide to go, you’ll get authentic experiences hand-picked just for you.

Tracey's Farmhouse

Bread-making with Tracey

On this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, join local host, Tracey Jeffrey, in her cozy 18th century cottage along the shores of Strangford Lough as she teaches you the secrets of homemade buttermilk, jam, and traditional Irish bread; baked with a little help from you, of course!

Bushmills Distillery - Tourism Ireland

Bushmills Distillery

For over 400 years Bushmills Distillery has carried on the handcrafted art of producing ‘smooth and mellow’ Irish whiskeys, making it the oldest operating distillery in the world. Plus, it’s the only place that cultivates, matures, and bottles on-site. On your trip to Northern Ireland you can bring a sip of history home and show your friends what traditional Irish smoothness tastes like.

Dalriada Antrim Coast Experiences - Tourism Ireland

Dalriada Antrim Coast Experiences

Stand on the shoulders of the past and sink into stories from a local guide who channels the spirit of the seanchaí on his experiences along the magnificent Antrim Coast. Choose from exploring the Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and island or Dunluce Castle, knowing whichever you choose, you will create your own story which you will never forget. Choose one of these MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences and you’ll help make a positive impact on the local community and support the UN’s sustainable development goals. This experience preserves local traditions, protects natural and built heritage sites and promotes cultural vibrancy.

What sights to see in Northern Ireland’s Causeway, Glens & Lakelands

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Giants Causeway Experience

Giant's Causeway Experience

Walk in the footsteps of the legendary giant Finn McCool on an exploration afternoon of this unique stretch of the Antrim coast. Step along the basalt columns this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience that highlights the natural beauty and history of this special place.

Axe Throwing at Winterfell (image of filming site from Game of Thrones- Castle Warn)

Axe Throwing at Winterfell

Follow the way North to the filming site of Winterfell from HBO’s Game of Thrones. See actual filming locations and sets, then don your garb for axe throwing or archery. An excellent destination for fans and family, this is great to find out who will be King or Queen in the North.

Hurley Making (Scullion Hurls, Loughguile) - Tourism Ireland

Hurley Making

A family-run business in operation since 1979, Scullion Hurls provides a unique look into hurling, Ireland’s oldest game. 3,000 years old, hurling is a thrilling, dangerous sport – and visitors can learn how hurls/hurleys (the ‘stick’ used to play the game) are made. Set in Loughguile, a beautiful village in North Antrim, visitors can visit the Économusée, a ‘working museum’/workshop for a tour or demo, and to learn about the family behind the hurley making.

Best places to stay in Northern Ireland’s Causeway, Glens & Lakelands

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Ballygally Castle Hotel

Ballygally Castle Hotel

Ideally located on the scenic Antrim coast, only 26 miles from Belfast, this 400-year-old castle is the only 17th-century building still used as a residence in Northern Ireland today. The charming Ballygally castle hotel is the finest hotel on the famous Antrim Coast Road. Combining a stately history, plush, tasteful contemporary décor, and classic hospitality alongside traditional character, every part of this of the hotel adds to a welcoming atmosphere.

Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel

Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel

Bordered by private grounds and gardens, yet close to the historic town of Enniskillen, Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel is perfect for exploring the Lakelands region. With 71 bedrooms, including suites, each has been individually designed and decorated to an exceptional standard. Enjoy delicious meals at the Kove Restaurant, pampering themselves at the Elemis Spa or relax locally with golf, horse-riding, and cruising.

Top trips that visit Northern Ireland’s Causeway, Glens & Lakelands

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Catherines Collection in Ireland and Scotland

Meet Catherine Reilly

As the head of our Brendan team, Catherine has been making friends with the Celtic community for over 35 years so she’s learned a thing or two about where to go and what to do in Ireland and Scotland. Check out her own personally hand-crafted collection of all the can’t-miss experiences you can have too.

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