Es­cape To The Coun­try

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Chances are you’ve been to North­ern Ire­land. You might even live there. If that’s the case, you’ll have to ex­cuse my naive en­thu­si­asm, but I’ve en­joyed my first visit only re­cently. I can’t wait to go back. My friends and I (there were eight of us in to­tal) de­cided to en­joy a long week­end with­out break­ing the bank. While I was scep­ti­cal that this was even pos­si­ble, it turns out that the NI coast­line has ev­ery­thing you could pos­si­bly want – and more.

We jour­neyed to Portrush, a charm­ing coastal town nes­tled in County Antrim, about an hour and 15 min­utes from Belfast. Our bolt­hole for the week­end was the Portrush At­lantic Ho­tel, which has spec­tac­u­lar sea views and some of the friendli­est staff you’ll find – pos­si­bly ever. The lo­cal at­trac­tions in­clude the Giant’s Cause­way, an ab­so­lute ne­ces­sity for any vis­i­tors thanks to its breath­tak­ing, un­spoilt beauty, and the Old Bush­mills Dis­tillery, which will make you an ex­pert in the art of whiskey-mak­ing in un­der an hour.

Wend your way along the ver­tig­i­nous coastal paths, stop­ping at cosy inns for a tra­di­tional pub lunch be­fore ex­plor­ing rope bridges, mag­nif­i­cent cas­tles and some of the film­ing lo­ca­tions for Game Of Thrones. The food was some of the best we’d all had in a long time and, need­less to say, the Guin­ness was on tap. If you’re look­ing for a week­end of pure es­capism, Portrush has it all.

The un­spoilt beauty of the Giant’s Cause­way

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