SEE & DO
BTB is ideally positioned to help you make the most of your trip. Below we have set out just a few of the must visit areas - there are many, many more! Click on the images below to see a little background and some of our favourite photos!
The bustling city of Belfast, located just 20 minutes away, is a must visit. The Titanic Exhibition, recently named the ‘World’s Leading Tourist Attraction’ at the 2016 World Travel Awards, is the jewel in the crown. Also well worth a visit are the majestic Parliament Buildings, the stunning architecture of The City Hall and the equally impressive Queen’s University with the beautiful adjoining Botanic Gardens, to mention but a few. If you are in the mood for some retail therapy, you will not be disappointed by the variety of shops and an abundance of restaurants to cater for any possible taste. If you are interested in finding out about Northern Ireland’s ‘chequered past’ you will enjoy the unique Belfast humour on board the ‘Black Taxi Tour’.
A short drive east will bring you to Newcastle, and the famous Co. Down coastline, where “The mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea.” Don’t forget our highest mountain, Slieve Donard, when making this trip, and if golf is your thing, you can test your skills at Royal County Down (rated one of the best links courses in the world).
RUGGED ANTRIM COASTLINE
Another area of interest is the stunning North Antrim Coastline, which is under two hours’ drive away and where The British Open is to be staged at Royal Portrush later this summer. While there, you must visit the world-renowned Giant’s Causeway. For fans of the now-legendary 'Game of Thrones' TV Series, a drive along the winding Coastal Route will give you access to the unique Dark Hedges and Ballintoy Harbour. You may wish to test your stomach for heights by traversing the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, and if you survive, Portrush town offers some of the best restaurants in the country. Alternatively, try the Bushmills Distillery to sample some of the finest whiskey in the world.
Surfing enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice with a number of sweeping beaches - and for those who simply want to take in the views, Mussenden Temple, which crowns the magical Downhill Beach - will take your breath away.
Further West, the historic walled City of Derry is somewhere you are sure to get a warm welcome!
DUBLIN & BEYOND
The cosmopolitan city of Dublin is just 90 minutes south & for any onward travellers, Dublin Airport can be reached in just over an hour. Ireland's Fair City has so much to offer, from sightseeing, historical tours and endless shopping! To the West of our province you have an opportunity to visit the stunning Fermanagh Lakelands, and those who travel as far as the Atlantic Coast will have the pleasure of experiencing the rugged beauty of Donegal and northerly starting point of the famed ‘Wild Atlantic Way’, an unforgettable journey along Ireland's West Coast, including the Cliffs of Moher and beautiful Co. Kerry.
For those who wish to take in the scenery of the South West and South East of our island, a trip to Cork City can be driven in just 4 hours - a journey through the midlands of Ireland, where you are guaranteed incredible views. West Munster boasts some of the prettiest seaside towns and villages in the country, where you will be spoilt for choice with excellent seafood restaurants and stunning golf courses.
To the South East of the country, Wexford and Wicklow are must visits, with landscapes which truly inspire Ireland's 'Emerald Isle' nickname. Beach walks and mountain rambles can be conveniently interrupted with visits to some fantastic little family pubs where you can sample great Guinness and traditional music which will have your toe tapping until the small hours!