The best hotel I've ever been...
The best hotel I've ever been in would have to be the 'Radisson Roe Park Hotel & Golf Resort'. It's a four star hotel in Northern Ireland and it's lovely!
Average Price: This is one of the most expensive hotels in the area, but worth every penny. average price would be about £80 per night for a single room, or £115 for a double room. This historic Country estate with a golf course is Northern Ireland's premier resort-combining 4 star hotel accomodations, 18 hole golf course, driving range, leisure club and air conditioned conference and banquet centre.
All rooms feature remote control colour tv, desk, sitting area, direct dial telephone, trouser press and large bathroom. There's an indoor pool which has a view of the golf course. The hotel also has whirlpool and sauna. There is a health club on site with a steam room and fitness suite. The hotel has 2 restaurants - the coach house brasserie and Courtyard restaurant, open daily. The lounge is open from 7am to 10pm. Room service is available 24 hours a day. What's more, fax and copier services are available at nominal fee. Roe Park Golf club is located at the hotel. Tennis can be arranged by reception.
Northern Ireland: My home country
Northern Ireland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, despite the bad weather.
(photo: White Rocks Beach)
"MUST SEE ACTIVITIES"
Activity: There's really so much you should do but make sure you go to the Bushmills distillery.
Unique Qualities: If you don't like Whiskey now, you will do after you do a tour of the Bushmills distillery. This is a great way to spend a couple of hours and you get a free sample!
Location: Bushmills distillery funnily enough is in Bushmills, not far from Coleraine.
More Info: It's only a few pounds to go on the tour around the distillery, and there's discount for students or oaps. There are tours every half hour or so, throughout the summer, and they're lots of fun!
"MUST SEE ACTIVITIES"
Activity: Visit White Rocks beach, it's so beautiful. Unique Qualities: This is a lovely beach with sand dunes and caves.
Location: 2 miles from Portrush.
More Info: This is a beautiful beach along the causeway coast. You can walk along the beach for a couple of miles to arrive in Portrush, if you like to walk. This beach is also very popular for people who like to have barbecues. There's a car park and public toilets.
"MUST SEE ACTIVITIES"
Activity: You must see the Giant's Causeway
Unique Qualities: Over 40 000 hexagonal stones make up the Giant's Causeway, often known as the eighth wonder of the world.
Location: along the Causeway Coast, close to Bushmills
More Info: There are many myths and legends of the Giant's Causeway, Causeway Coast & Glens. Most famous of our fabled characters is the Irish giant Finn McCool. There were actually two Finn McCools, the one who created the Giant's Causeway as stepping stones to his sweetheart (or rival giant) in Scotland , and the one who was the leader of the legendary band of warriors, the Fianna. Finn's 'creations' on the Giant's Causeway are impressive - the Giant's Organ, The Giant's Boot, The Giant's Chair and the Honeycomb as well as the much-filmed Grand Causeway. By the way, Finn is one of the giants who are claimed to have created Lough Neagh by tearing a huge sod out of the Ulster earth and flinging it into the Irish Sea where it remains today, as the Isle of Man
"MUST SEE ACTIVITIES"
Activity: Carrick-a-rede Rope bridge
Unique Qualities: This is a famous National Trust walkway across the sea to a rock used by a salmon fishery.
Location: Larrybane near Ballycastle
"MUST SEE ACTIVITIES"
Activity: Dunluce Castle
Unique Qualities: Main 16th Century stronghold of the mighty MacDonnels, Lords of the Isles. These much-visited romantic ruins still stand on a spectacular cliff with a great cave underneath whose waves make a frightening Banshee wail. The kitchens (and cooks) fell into the ocean during a banquet in 1639 . Some party!
Location: a few miles from Portrush, along the coast.
Nightlife Spot: Kellys in Portrush is probably the most famous night club in the north. It's great fun and a good way to make new friends. Burberries in Portrush is also great fun but would be suited to a slightly older age group. In the same area, there's also Traks, Neros and loads of pubs.
Dress Code: People would normally dress up for Kellys but it's the kind of place where anything goes. Burberries would not accept jeans or 'skimpy' clothing.
More Info: Kellys is open on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday nights for over 18s. Costs around £3.50 Burberries is open Saturday nights for over 21s. Usually costs £6 to get in.
"OFF THE BEATEN PATH"
Off the Beaten Path: Glenariff Forest Park - Nature reserve, woodland walks, waterfalls, visitor's centre, cafe, car park and picnic area. At some times of the year, there is a small admission charge. For more information telephone: Cushendall 73232. Photo of Mum, Dad and sister Naomi at Glenarriff.
Getting There: Fly to Belfast or Dublin, or go by ferry to Belfast or Larne.
Getting Around: Lots of choice - bus, taxi, car hire, bike, and trains (which are often late!)
Clothing / Shoes / Weather Gear: Bring warm clothes and an umbrella - it's better to be prepared. However, some summer days can be very hot, so shorts and t-shirt could come in useful too.
When visiting Northern Ireland you absolutely must: Go for a drive along the coast from Portrush to Ballycastle. Stop off at one of the beaches, and the famous sites such as the Giant's Causeway (see photo) and the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge. This way you can see the true beauty of Northern Ireland.
Fondest memory of Northern Ireland: This would have to be my visit to Ballintoy Harbour one sunny day, earlier this year. It's a lovely, quaint harbour with a little carpark, a cafe, and a small beach. It's sheltered from the wind and it's a beautiful place to go to get away from everything.
Favorite Restaurant: Definitely the 'Bohill hotel and country club' in Coleraine.
Favorite Menu Item: Do the Carvery. You can have a bit of everything! Perfect for people who don't like certain foods, and the Banoffee pie is delicious!
Unique Qualities: Prices are slightly cheaper from Monday to Thursday.
Location: 69 Cloyfin Road, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, BT52 2NY Northern Ireland Tel: +44 (0)1265 52424 Fax: +44 (0)1265 44406
Favorite Restaurant: You really must try 'The Water Margin'
Favorite Menu Item: This is a chinese restaurant and everything on the menu is delicious and of the best quality. Make sure to try the coffee. It's lovely and ends the meal perfectly.
Unique Qualities: The Water Margin is a converted boat house situated on the edge of the River Bann. It's beautiful inside and very classy looking.
Location: Beside the old bridge in Coleraine. 2 mins walk away from the town centre.
More Info: It's slightly more expensive than other restaurants in the area but very often there are special offers which are great value for money, eg a 4 course meal for £10.50 if you go between 5pm and 6:30pm.
Favorite Restaurant: If you're not looking for a posh restaurant, and just fancy a good bag of fish and chips, go to 'Gareth's' Chip shop.
Favorite Menu Item: Everything here is delicious! Something I must have every time though, is a gravy chip. This place sells the nicest gravy chips ever - lovely thick gravy- ummmmm! The batter at 'Gareth's' is also lovely so anything with batter on tastes wonderful. I like the fish, batter burgers and onion rings.
Unique Qualities: Traditional food tasting better than anywhere else.
Location: Bushmills road, Coleraine
More Info: Remember this is just a simple (but delicious) take away chip shop. It's also very reasonably priced. My biggest problem is that my eyes are always bigger than my belly!
Lodging Recommendation: My house! For me, it's perfect - free, bedroom decorated to my taste, and no strange people (well not many anyway!)
Lodging Recommendation: Radisson Roe Park Hotel & Golf Resort
Location: The hotel is located 1 mile from the town of Limavady. Driving directions from A2. Northern Ireland's main airport is Belfast International airport but Derry Airport is closer at 10 miles. The bus depot is just 2 miles from the hotel. Radisson Roe Park Hotel & Golf Resort Roe Park, Limavady Co. Londonderry, IE BT49 9LB (442877) 722222 FAX Number (442877) 722313 Email Address email@example.com
Unique Qualities: This historic Country estate with a golf course is Northern Ireland's premier resort -combining 4 star hotel accomodations, 18 hole golf course, driving range, leisure club and air conditioned conference and banquet centre.
More Info: All rooms feature remote control colour tv, desk, sitting area, direct dial telephone, trouser press and large bathroom. There's an indoor pool which has a view of the golf course. The hotel also has whirlpool and sauna. There is a health club on site with a steam room and fitness suite. The hotel has 2 restaurants - the coach house brasserie and Courtyard restaurant, open daily. The lounge is open from 7am to 10pm. Room service is available 24 hours a day. What's more, fax and copier services are available at nominal fee. Roe Park Golf club is located at the hotel. Tennis can be arranged by reception.
Average Price: This is one of the most expensive hotels in the area, but worth every penny. average price would be about £80 per night for a single room, or £115 for a double room.
Lodging Recommendation: The Lodge Hotel
Location: Lodge Road, Coleraine (5 min walk from town centre)
Unique Qualities: A 56 bedroom hotel situated near Coleraine town centre which offers a choice of room only and bed and breakfast accommodation. All 56 bedrooms are designed to create a generous sense of personal space, with every convenience supplied such as ensuite bathroom, telephone, sky television, trouser press, tea/coffee making facilities, and a desktop computer modem point. The lodge offers an excellent choice of dining facilities ranging from a light snack in Elliot’s Bistro to a gourmet dinner in Romanoff’s Restaurant.
More Info: The Lodge Hotel is located 15 minutes drive from the Giants Causeway which is one of Ireland's main tourist attractions and nearby on the Causeway Coast a wealth of activities are provided, which include fishing and golfing.
Average Price: The Lodge Hotel has average prices for the area, at about £50 for a single room per night, and £70 for a double room. It is cheaper to stay in the travelstop part of the hotel which costs £47.50 per single room per night and £59 per double room. These prices include breakfast.
Lodging Recommendation: The Causeway Coast Hotel
Location: Located one mile from Royal Portrush Golf course on the coast road between Portrush and Portstewart, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and within easy reach of the Giant's Causeway, Bushmills Distillery, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Dunluce Castle.
Unique Qualities: 21 newly refurbished bedrooms each with private bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer and trouser press.
More Info: 36 Ballyreagh Road Portrush, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland, BT56 8LR Tel : (+44) 028 7082 2435 Fax : (+44) 028 7082 4495 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org Also, see website on www.causewaycoast.com
Average Price: Accommodation Rates Single Room £55 Double Room £85 Family Room £99