Bushmills Travel Guide

  • Bushmills
    by Maryimelda
  • Bushmills
    by Maryimelda
  • Things to Do
    by Maryimelda

Bushmills Things to Do

  • ~ Dunseverick Castle ~

    We were driving towards the Giants Causeway, Planxty asked if I wanted to stop and see the Dunseverick Castle. Sure the more the merrier. They all have their own history. So I pulled over onto the side of the road where he indicated and got out of the car. Looking for what I thought was to be a big castle - I was shocked to see only 4 pillars that...

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  • ~ Dunluce Castle ~

    We had arrived at Dunluce Castle with only 20 minutes to spare. That just wasn't good enough to pay our admission and only have such a short time. Instead we walked around the outside the buildings and grounds.Such a shame that I didn't get to actually go into the Castle. On my next visit I will definitely make a stop. The outside is beautiful, I'm...

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  • ~ Giants Causeway ~

    I was looking for things I wanted to visit when I was travelling in Northern Ireland and became fascinated by the Giants Causeway - a natural erosion of rocks that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. It all started with the tectonic plates moving creating openings in the earth allowing lava to push through to the surface. It cooled in...

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  • ~ A Dram of Whiskey ~

    Do you know how whiskey is distilled? Well I didn't so I thought I'd head over to the Bushmills Distillery and take their tour. My son and I headed over to the admissions area and purchased our tickets - only £7.50 each. The nice man behind the desk asked us where we were from and we said "Canada, does that mean we get a discount?" He laughed and...

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  • Giant's Causeway

    The Giant's Causeway is an area of thousands of interlocking basalt columns, the remnants of an ancient volcanic eruption, along the coast of Northern Ireland near the town of Bushmills. The area is owned by the National Trust and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We visited as part of a tour of Northern Ireland with Irish Day...

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  • Dunluce Castle

    The ruins of Dunluce Castle can be found a short drive by car (or bus) from Bushmills.Perched high on a cliff, it's quite a mystical sight especially in misty weather.It was here that during the course of a huge dinner party some centuries ago, that the kitchen area of the castle actually broke off and plunged into the sea below killing all the...

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  • The Giant's Causeway

    No visit to Northern Ireland would be complete without seeing the Giant's Causeway. It is an amazing natural phenomenon and probably the most visited site in the country. It stretches from Co. Antrim in the north across to Scotland.Legend has it that the Giant Finn MacCool built the Causeway to enable him to walk between Co. Antrim and Scotland...

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  • Flowers and Gardens Galore....

    A walk around Bushmills is filled with delights of many different kinds, many of which are beautifully and colourfully adorned with very pretty flowers. There are gardens in private residences, along the roads and streets or many in pots adorning the local businesses. This is a feature not only of Bushmills but of so many towns in Northern Ireland...

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  • The Salmon Fishery

    The Salmon Fishery is a small complex beside the bridge in Bushmills which is used today as a research centre to obtain important data on the salmon population and their lives and habits.Unfortunately it is not open to the public other than to apply for fishing permits but its setting beside the river almost in the centre of town is quite...

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  • A walk around Bushmills

    Bushmills is a quaint and very pretty little town which is quite delightful to wander around. The main street of the town centre is lined with all manner and means of shops, cafes, pubs and sites of historical interest.A particularly pretty area is that around the bridge where the Salmon Fishery is situated. Then on down to the main street and it...

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  • Old Bushmills Distillery

    I thoroughly enjoyed this tour and would go back tomorrow to do it again. The guide was a young Irishman who had really done his homework and could answer any and all questions about the distillery and its workings.The tour concludes with a free sampling of the whiskey. I couldn't decide which one I wanted so the barman gave me two. No complaints...

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  • Dunluce Castle

    Dunluce Castle which was the seat of the MacDonnell family is one of the Icons of Northern Ireland.Parts date from around 1500 and more was built in stages from that date.The national trust got guardianship of the property in 1928, and have administered it ever since.It is well worth a visit, the are audio guides, guided tours, guide cards etc to...

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  • The Giants Causeway

    This is Northern Ireland's Iconic world heritage site.Its stunning, and some very wonderful scenery.So much has been written about it that I am not going to add to it all, except to say, it is a MUST visit.There is public transport from many places to get to it.Opening hours :/- vary due to the seasons, please consult the web siteEntry fees :/-...

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  • Visit Bushmills Whiskey Distillery

    The Bushmills Whiskey Distillery, was granter it's license in and has continued producing fine Irish Whiskey ever since.The distillery is well worth a visit.

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  • Giants Causeway

    The Giants Causeway was something that was not on our to do list. We are very pleased that we stopped at this really interested historical site. The story that is behind the entire thing is neat and how they have turned it into a tale is just to my amazement. The day was a little nasty and my husband wanted to walk everything so it made our tour a...

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  • Bushmills Distillery

    Bushmills Distillery was the perfect example of a WORKING distillery. We also toured the Jameson distillery and they are nothing to compare. The Bushmills Distillery tour was smelly, interesting, and you actually got to see the behind the scenes, everyday task from the workers. The tour guide was easy to understand and very friendly. After the tour...

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  • Causeway School

    It would be easy to miss this little Arts & Crafts school building, now a museum set up as it was in the 1920s.But if you have a few minutes to spare it's worth a wander round.The school was designed by architect Clough Williams-Ellis, who created the rather lovely village of Portmeirion in North Wales, where the cult series 'The Prisoner' was...

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  • Old Bushmills Distillery

    Bushmills is the home of the identically named Irish Malt Whiskey that is distilled in the Old Bushmills Distillery. This Distillery is the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world. Bushmills has been manufacturing since 1608 for over 400 years. They are also notorious for their Single Malt Whiskies called "Bushmills" and "Black Bush"....

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Bushmills Hotels

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  • Bushmills Inn

    9 Dunluce Rd, Bushmills, BT57 8QG, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Bayview Hotel

    2 Bayhead Road, Portballintrae, Bushmills, BT57 8RZ, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Causeway Hotel

    This NITB (Northern Ireland Tourist Board) approved hotel has a great atmosphere and is conveniently...

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Bushmills Restaurants

  • Supersize Coffee

    This is the coffee/souvenir shop connected to the Dunluce Castle site.It's a really cute little building which is very homey and quaint inside. I was made very welcome by the staff who not only served me the biggest cup of coffee I'd seen in a long while with a delicious home made treat on the saucer, but came around a few minutes later to share...

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  • Go early for the special....

    Tartine is the restaurant attached to the Distiller's Arms Hotel. The atmosphere is very up market and quite relaxed at the same time.They have an Early Bird special which includes two courses (either starter and main or main and dessert) PLUS a glass of wine for about 16 Euro (2014). This menu is available between 5pm and 6.30pm. The seafood...

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  • Hearty fare

    If you want a quick lunch after your tour of the distillery look no further than the Distillery Kitchen Restaurant. Here you have a good selection of hearty food which is ready to be served. Very popular with the visitors and I can understand why.Tea, coffee and cakes etc available also. I only had coffee but had I been going to have a meal I...

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  • Great Irish Pub

    Good beer, wonderful atmosphere, friendly staff - what more could you ask for?????Unfortunatly, food is not available here :(

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  • Great atmosphere and wonderful food

    This is the 2nd Up market/semi posh pub in Bushmills.The atmosphere here is great, very cosy, warm, friendly staff, and again wonderful food.

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  • Excellent food and very good service

    This is one of the two posh type pubs in Bushmills.Th8is is NOT an Irish pub as you would expect it, but rather, it caters for a not so basic class of person.The food is wonderful, and very well served.Service is good,When we were there, We availed ourselves of their early dinner special menu - (5pm to 6:30pm.)This was 2 courses from a special menu...

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Bushmills Nightlife

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    by Maryimelda Written Jul 23, 2014

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    Bushmills is not very big on nightlife. There are plenty of very good restaurants but not much else to keep you entertained into the wee small hours if that is what you are looking for. Thankfully, we weren't. We just wanted somewhere to enjoy a quiet drink either before or after dinner and
    Finn MacCool's pub fitted the bill perfectly.

    This is a typical Irish pub and the owner and his staff are very welcoming in a very relaxed sort of way. On our first visit we were looking for something for dinner but it was getting late and it was Monday so most of the eateries were closed. The publican directed us to a local fish and chip shop and told us we were welcome to bring the food to the pub to eat it. They even supplied us with plates and cutlery!!

    The atmosphere was extremely warm and friendly and for a few quiet drinks, it is the best place to go in Bushmills in my humble opinion.

    You can also get accommodation there, though I can't comment on that as we were staying elsewhere.

    Dress Code: Dress Code is very casual.

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    • Arts and Culture
    • Wine Tasting
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Bushmills Warnings and Dangers

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    by leics Written Jul 25, 2010

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    Of course, people will totally ignore the signs which warn you not to walk where the stones are black.

    That's up to them, of course.

    But the stones are black where they are most often covered by the tide. They will be more slippery when wet (weed, algae) and the coast is notorious for unexpected big waves.

    Walk on the black bits if you like, as long as you realise it's your bones you're risking. No doubt the ambulance people are well-used to attending.....

    Walking on the black bits
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Bushmills Tourist Traps

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    by vityaz Updated Sep 1, 2012

    The newly opened visitors centre at the Giants Causeway charges £8.50 for entrance per person. From what I saw from the door its not worth it. The way the centre is laid out, somebody who hadnt been there before would think you actually had to pay to go into the visitors centre to actually visit the Giants Causeway, which you dont! See the tip below for how to avoid paying

    Unique Suggestions: Be prepared for crowds if you go into the visitors centre. And expensive food. There is a little kiosk at the side of the causeway hotel selling ice cream, drinks and snacks at better prices and you can get a meal in either the Nook or the Causeway hotel as well

    Fun Alternatives: Its easy to avoid paying the visitors centre entrance fee. If you go into the car park entrance and head towards the visitors centre entrance (Big marble columns cut into the side of a hill) then turn left. Head towards the white building (The Causeway hotel) and keep walking until youve gone past the building. You will notice a path at the side of it. Go up this path and follow it around behind the hotel. When you get to the tarmacced roadway follow it down the slope and this leads you to the causeway. There is a bus down to the causeway and back up again, you can walk down and get the bus back up if you want to.
    Alternatively you can hike along the causeway coastal path from Ballycastle or Ballintoy. Better in nice weather!

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Bushmills Off The Beaten Path

  • White Park Bay, Northern Ireland

    Right off the Coastal Causeway route most infamous for the Giant's Causeway, is a beautiful white sandy beach nestled between two headlands on the North Antrim coast forming a white arc in a very secluded location. My first visit was obsessed with ideas of coming back to this spot and settling into the youth hostel that overlooks this bay, and...

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  • Dunseverick Castle

    Near the Giant's Causeway, on an isolated rock surrounded by the sea in a small bay, is the crumbling remains of "Dunseverick Castle". A maritime fortress of Dalriada, built by Sovaric, son of Eberic mythically in the year of the world 3668 a.m. once off the royal road from Tara, and once of the seats of the Kings of Ireland. It was stormed in 870...

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  • The Giant's Causeway

    Tied into the legendary faerie lore with being created by Finn Mac Cool as a causeway to walk between Ireland and Scotland, the area is rich in myths and legends. A World Heritage site (UNESCO 1986), operated by the National Trust, the Giant's Causeway consists of over 40,000 interlocking basalt columns that were caused by the result of a ancient...

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