ROYAL COUNTY DOWN GOLF CLUB

Royal County Down is located in one of the world’s most naturally beautiful links settings, in the Murlough Nature Reserve. Against the magnificent backdrop of the Mountains of Mourne, the links stretches along the shores of Dundrum Bay, zig zagging back and forth to provide a different vista from virtually every hole.The narrowest ribbons of fairways thread their way through as impressive a set of sand dunes as could be imagined. The ‘bearded’ bunkers are world famous and feature overhanging lips of marram, red fescue and heather, while the greens are fast and many are domed, rejecting any shot lacking conviction.

ARDGLASS GOLF CLUB

Located on the beautiful County Down coast just 30 miles from Belfast, Ardglass Golf Club is a spectacular Par 70 seaside course, where all 18 holes have dramatic views of the rugged coastline, with the majesty of the Mourne Mountains providing a perfect backdrop.The course is becoming a “must play” for many overseas golfing visitors to Ireland, and with good reason. Ardglass is a true test of golf, particularly on a windy day.

ROYAL PORTRUSH GOLF CLUB

Home to the 2012 Irish Open and the only venue outside of mainland Britain ever to host the Open Championship, the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club ranks amongst the world’s greatest courses. Regularly at the top of magazine rankings around the globe, it is a masterpiece of golf course architecture. Unimaginable rough and testing greens, combined with the unpredictable weather of the roaring North Atlantic make this course an admirable test for even the most seasoned golf aficionado.

PORTSTEWART GOLF CLUB

Portstewart Golf Club was founded in 1894 and is one of the most renowned in all of Ireland. The Old Course is the oldest of the club’s three 18-hole layouts and is surely the most famous. Portstewart has played host to many major amateur and professional championships over the years. Situated at the eastern end of Portstewart, the Old Course offers rounds of golf with an abundance of heritage, as golf was first played there as far back as 1889.

CASTLEROCK GOLF CLUB

Castlerock Golf Club, is a classic links course set amid towering dunes and legends told Harry Colt influenced the design in 1930.. Today, Castlerock is rated as one of Ireland’s finest links courses and its status in the game is reflected by the fact that it has hosted many National Championships both Amateur and Professional. Graced with the natural beauty of its peaceful setting and the views that surround it is the Club’s underlying pursuit of excellence that keeps this place a sacred retreat for the truly ardent follower of golf.

LOUGH ERNE GOLF COURSE

Lough Erne is a Sir Nick Faldo design and his masterpiece in Ireland. This most exciting new golf destination in Ireland, endorsed by Rory McIlroy is set to establish itself as one of Europe’s ‘must play’ destinations. The lakes of County Fermanagh set an unrivalled natural scene for a unique property. A Golf Course where you will remember, every hole, every shot . Stunning views from every vantage point and the waters of the Lough in play on 11 holes.

THE BUSHMILLS INN

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The Bushmills Inn is not only a comfortable lodging space but also a historical Irish landmark. Some of the hotel’s buildings date from 1608, when the oldest part of the Coaching Inn was part of Old Bushmills, the first distillery to ever be granted a licence to distil whiskey. The Inn’s Gas Bar now offers a modern spin on the traditional pub experience with the best malts and Guinnesses in town accompanied by a soothing gas-lit environment.

CULLODEN ESTATE & SPA

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Nestled high in the Holywood hills and overlooking Belfast Lough, is the Hastings Group’s most luxurious hotel, The Culloden Estate & Spa. Originally built as an official palace for the Bishops of Down in 1876, this stunning spot, set in 12 acres of secluded gardens, is the jewel in the crown of County Down. Bright, spacious and individually decorated, each of the 105 bedrooms and suites in at Culloden Estate offers the last word in luxury. This is five-star and Platinum standard pleasure as well. This is something very special indeed.

SLIEVE DONARD RESORT & SPA

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Everything about the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa spells ultimate luxury. This magnificent 115-year-old Victorian building, formerly a railway hotel, is the perfect spot for some well-earned pamper and play. The hotel overlooks a long and winding beach in the heart of seaside town Newcastle, all framed by the Mourne Mountains sweeping down to the sea, and the globally renowned Royal County Down golf course, a favorite of golf greats Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, is right on its doorstep.

LOUGH ERNE RESORT

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The Lough Erne Resort is the ultimate expression in old world heritage and new world luxury set on its very own 600 acre peninsula, between Castle Hume Lough and Lower Lough Erne, just outside Enniskillen, with stunning panoramic views from almost every vantage point. Lough Erne Resort has also been selected as host of the 2017 Irish Open, a major sporting celebration and something that will be of equally significant benefit in showcasing the beauty, the facilities and the hospitality of this award-winning hotel and this wonderful part of the world.

NORTHERN iRELAND

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Northern Ireland, it’s time to discover this hidden gem. Here you can find perhaps one of the strangest and most exciting coastlines in the world. Ruins and castles from medieval times hug the coast and top the craggy ridges. The Links Courses in Northern Ireland attract world attention and have hosted some oft he best international championships. With the variety of links, parkland and heathland golf courses Northern Ireland offers a marvellous destination for the keen golfers.

BELFAST

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The capital was once riddled with destruction and conflict, a period known as ‘The Troubles’, but Belfast has changed enormously in recent years, becoming one of the most visited cities in the UK, and second most visited on the island of Ireland, according to Irish Tourism. Belfast (Beal Feirste) is the capital of, and the largest city in Northern Ireland. The name Belfast originates from the Gaeilge “Beal Feirste’ which means ‘mouth of the river’. Belfast may be a small city but tourists won’t be stuck for anything to do as there is plenty to explore, including the fascinating Titanic Quarter, Ulster Museum, Belfast city hall and shopping at the fabulous Victoria Square shopping center.

TITIANIC MUSEUM BELFAST

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Titanic Belfast is a ‘must see’ on any trip to Belfast and has become the most popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland and one of the top attractions in Ireland. Housed in an iconic, six-floor building, Titanic Belfast is located in the heart of Belfast, right beside the historic site of this world-famous ship’s construction.The Titanic experience takes you through nine galleries, telling the story of RMS Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end.

NORTHERN IRELAND LEISURE ACTIVITIES

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Dunluce Castle is located dramatically close to a headland that plunges straight into the sea, along the North Antrim coast, and was the headquarters of the MacDonnell Clan. Constantly fought over, it eventually succumbed to the power of nature, when part of it fell into the sea one stormy night in 1639.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the Paleogene period, Antrim was subject to intense volcanic activity, when highly fluid molten basalt intruded through chalk beds to form an extensive lava plateau. As the lava cooled rapidly, contraction occurred, creating an extensive fracture network that produced the distinctive hexagonal columns seen today.

Bushmills Irish Whiskey is made at Ireland’s oldest working distillery in County Antrim, Northern Ireland on the beautiful North Coast. The original grant to distil was signed in 1608 by King James 1st and there has been distillation on this site since then, using the unique water from their own stream and Irish barley.

NORTHERN IRELAND

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