Belfast to the coast - The perfect Summer Escape

Thursday, 10 May 2018
There is something magical about Ireland. Maybe it’s because it’s so green or that it’s filled with rainbows… whatever it is, our Ireland seems to take one of the top spots in most people’s bucket lists. And Northern Ireland is no less; with tales of giants, magnificent ships and the occasional war for the Iron Throne, it’s a must see this Summer. 

Belfast is a relatively new city in many ways, buzzing with a newfound confidence. The city is home to some of the most popular and unique visitor attractions such as and the Ulster Museum. Further North, however, is a different story, with the urban backdrop fading away to epic country scenes leading to the famed , recently voted Lonely Planet’s Top DestinationTitanic BelfastGiant’s Causeway

Maiden Summer 

This Summer marks Titanic Hotel Belfast’s maiden Summer since the reopening and we brought the perfect offer to celebrate; from only £139! Our stylish guestrooms provide outstanding views of the Titanic slipways and the iconic Titanic Belfast. From the moment you check in you are awash with history, dine where legends were made in the stunning Drawing Office Two (the perfect place to plan a road trip) or wander the halls taking in the artwork that the hotel has curated. After a white star snooze and a Titanic Breakfast, we are sure you will be ready to seize the day and explore the stunning Causeway Route. Sit back and relax on a luxury while an experienced tour guide tells you all you need to know, from Belfast’s turbulent past to how Fionn mac Cumhaill picked a fight with the Scottish giant Benandonner. McComb’s coach

The Coastal Route 

Driving out of Belfast marks the start of the coastal route. The first castle you will see is Belfast Castle, but (believe us) it won’t be the last. Northern Ireland is seen as the real Westeros, as it features heavily in HBO’s Game of Thrones, which makes the Causeway Coast a must-see for any fan. With filming locations peppered throughout the Northern Irish landscape - such as Dunluce Castle, featuring as the Iron Islands stronghold, and Cushendun Caves in Antrim being the setting for the Stormlands. Before reaching the Causeway, we recommend taking a small detour to the Dark Hedges for the all-important Instagram shot before setting off on your adventures again. 

Is all that exploring making you thirsty? Time for a pit stop at Old Bushmills Distillery, as its name suggests the oldest working distillery in Ireland! On the tour, you will learn about the process of how Bushmills Whiskey is made and what makes it so unique. Then you will be treated to a wee taste of the smooth stuff - we recommend skipping this part of the tour if you have decided to drive! 

Now that you have arrived at the North Coast, you might note that it is littered with ruins of once–formidable castles such as Kinbane and Dunserverick, to name a few. Not only are these wildly picturesque (Instagram opportunity) but they are steeped in the history of the local area and adds to the further enchantment to your trip along the Causeway Coast. 

Finally, the main event is, of course, The Giant’s Causeway. Formed when lava from ancient volcanic activity cooled into hexagonal basalt or the battleground for an ancient giant dispute - which version do you choose to believe? Regardless of the story, the beauty of the Giant’s Causeway is something we can all agree on.

What better way to end the day than getting some top-quality food! The North Coast is home to some of Northern Ireland’s finest restaurants and one of the best ways to explore them is through the ‘’ tour, which celebrates everything North Coast has to offer. Toast the Coast

 So, what are you waiting for? Book your break, pack your suitcase and escape a magical land full of treats!