northern ireland trip

Old Feb 7th, 2001, 07:21 PM
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northern ireland trip

my wife and i are going to northern ireland in june for golf. can't seem to find much infor on northern ireland. i need recommendations on good B&b's, hotels. we are playing portrush, portstewart and county down. are there any other good courses? also what about good little towns, pubs for local music, other sights. any suggestions will be grreatly appreciated.
Old Feb 7th, 2001, 10:00 PM
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Hi Michael,

I'm not a golfer so can't help you at all there.

The Northern Irish tourist board should be able to help you with information about B&Bs. When I go to the North of Ireland, I stay with friends and family so I'm not much help there, either. But B&Bs in the North are very similar to what you will find in the South in terms of uniformity of quality, as far as I know.

In terms of sights, don't miss Giant's Causeway. It is absolutely remarkable and totally unique. The Glens of Antrim are really beautiful. If you spend any time at all in Belfast, I suggest that you take a Black taxi tour to see some of the murals around the Falls Road and
other parts of Belfast.

Outside of Belfast, there's the estate of the Marquess of Londonderry which is now a park, Mountstewart. It is also well worth visiting, beautiful gardens, a huge variety of flowers and trees.

If you have time, I'd also suggest a visit across the border to Donegal. It is, I think, one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland.

Have a great time,
Old Feb 8th, 2001, 11:46 AM
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We stayed in Portballintrae at the Manor House B&B, Manor House 51 Beach Road. email is [email protected]. Lovely place right across the road from the surf. BUT there are NO stores in this town, it's only a housing community. If you have a car and they can give you a front room on the ocean it's grand. Very nice people Martin and Janette Maclaine own it. My card from there shows there is a website for Portballintrae at they must be part of that. It was a very nice B&B, great location, 12 feet from the shore.

Have Fun!
Old Feb 8th, 2001, 12:28 PM
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I ran into the same thing when we wanted to go to Northern Ireland. As Kathleen mentioned, the tourist board will send carloads of information about the area - maps, booklets, homestays, etc. Also try this website:

Rathlin Island; Carrick-a-rede rope bridge; Giant's Causeway; the burial hill for Ossian (also where the Little People live); Glen Antrim; Bushmill's distillery; Ulster Folk Museum.
Old Feb 28th, 2001, 02:58 PM
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The other messages should sort you out with the accommodations. Enjoy the golf, you are playing the three best links courses in NI. All tough championship courses, beautful scenery and backdrops. On the north coast you could also try The Valley (beside Royal Portrush), Castlerock or for something easier try Ballycastle, about 20miles south of P'rush on coast where their are nice views of Rathlin Island and you can see Scotland on a clear day (Darren Clarkes father is greenkeeper at Ballycastle).

For parkland courses, probably the best is Malone in Belfast, Belvoir in Belfast or Lisburn (followed by Lunch in the Plough at Hillsborough, recently NI pub of the year)

Their are many, many others,just ask at any of the clubs and they can point you in the right direction.

Good luck and enjoy.

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