Northern Ireland can make for a perfect destination for your luxury self-catering holiday. You can drive right across the country in under two hours, so it really is possible to see all the attractions you fancy in Northern Ireland no matter where you’re based. With a rich culture and heritage, Northern Ireland is a fascinating place to explore – Norman castles, stone age archaeology and a fascinating Christian history. With 200 km of coastline in care of the National Trust, Northern Ireland can also be the perfect spot for a luxury beach holiday in the UK.
A Luxury Coastal Break in County Down
Beautiful County Down has a magnificent coastline and is a fantastic place to take a luxury waterside break. Strangford Lough, the largest sea lough in the UK, is connected to the shore by the Strangford Narrows and has a wealth of natural things to see, with a huge variety of marine and plant life, birdwatching, gorgeous countryside walks and even submerged forests!
Special City Holidays in Northern Ireland
It’s also worth spending a day or even an extended luxury city stay in the City of Derry (Londonderry). As the official City of Culture 2013, this contemporary and metropolitan, yet ancient city, Derry has plenty of things to see and do and is perfect for a luxury city break. Derry has an abundance of striking, historic architecture – The Guildhall, St. Eugene’s Cathedral and the City Walls to name but a few. Northern Ireland is of course also home to the Capital City Belfast, a very friendly city which is great for shopping and is packed with great pubs and restaurants.
But Northern Ireland is not all bustling cities, it’s also a fantastic place to visit for rolling hills, lush greenery and the magnificent Causeway Coast. If you have time, we recommended that you drive from Belfast along the coast and through the Nine Glens of Antrim, past the fantastic Giant’s Causeway and down to Londonderry – you’ll pass through quaint country villages, and along the coast the views are absolutely breathtaking.
Unmissable and recommended attractions in Northern Ireland:
• The fascinating Titanic Museum in Belfast, where the Titanic was built.
• Giant’s Causeway – the breathtaking natural spectacle of basalt columns formed by an ancient volcanic eruption is a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated on the North Coast close to Bushmills.
• Portrush Whiterocks Beach in Co. Antrim is a beautiful Blue Flag-awarded sandy beach with a number of coves and caves nestled into the cliffs.