During May half term, Ross, Grace and I were lucky enough to be sent on a holiday to Northern Ireland courtesy of the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. I had only ever visited Southern Ireland and Ross and Grace had never been at all, so we were very excited to be able to take in some of the well-known landmarks – including some of the more recently established locations thanks to Game of Thrones.
Despite the fact that we were only there for 3 nights, we all agreed that it felt a lot longer than that. We had the opportunity to visit the Bushmills Distillery, we experienced a tour with Glenara Elite and Dalriada Kingdom Tours which took us to see many of the sites including The Giants Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (a scary but memorable experience!) and then we went on a special tour of the Rathlin Island by boat.
The hotel during our stay was the 4 star golfing retreat, Roe Park Resort. Their rooms were spacious and comfortable and the food was well-prepared and very tasty.
Like the rest of the UK, Ireland is generally known for it’s wet weather but not during our trip. We were lucky to experience some of the best weather they have had and many comments were passed at how fortunate we were!
Much is said about how accommodating and friendly the Irish are – and this was certainly our take on it too. Mark Rodgers from Dalriada Kingdom Tours and Frances Galbraith from Glenara Elite just couldn’t do enough for us. They were friendly without being intrusive and both had so much knowledge on hand. Mark is such a gifted storyteller who fills you with intrigue about his homeland. He knows so much of the history and folklore and we would have happily carried on listening to him. Frances quietly works away in the background, rescheduling things where necessary and making sure that we saw all the sites we had planned for.
You will find a review of each of our experiences over on my travel blog, Victoria Visits, but I thought I would share a video of our experience here. I hope it gives you just a small idea of a trip that we will remember for a long time to come.