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Luxury 6 Night Gourmet Getaway along The Causeway Coast
Explore the panoramic glory of the North Coast, while experiencing the food pulled from the earth beneath your feet, and fished from the sea before your eyes. A tour steeped in the rural landscape and food of this region. Taste the Ireland that most tourists miss and experience the culture at the tables of the Island’s finest restaurants, quaint pubs, and stately country homes. From luxury dining, to the fields and mountains and sea that produce the food. This is food as you’ve never tasted it, stopping off at all the breath-taking spots along the way, from the Giant’s Causeway to beautiful kitchen gardens. This is the North Coast, dug up and discovered for you.
Arrive in Dublin City, Ireland’s bustling capital city. Settle your bags at the boutique Brooks Hotel, admire how quiet it is in this little haven, right in the centre of a vibrant city. Freshen up then make your way to the Guinness Storehouse for the ultimate tasting session. This is where the famous black pint was originally brewed as you will learn on your Guinness Connoisseur Experience.
Before you leave there’s the option of lunch at 1837 Bar & Brasserie. This is the Guinness Storehouse’s Restaurant, where they take their traditional Irish food seriously. Sit down for a heart-warming lunch that will keep you going for a day of sight-seeing. Wander on to Dublin City, perhaps stopping at sights like Dublin Castle, The Ha’Penny Bridge or nipping into Trinity to see the Book of Kells, scribed by no less than three masterful monks in Ancient Ireland.
Head back to Brooks hotel where you will enjoy dinner at Francesca Restaurant. Chef Patrick McLarnon is passionate about his sourcing and signature ingredients include Irish smoked fish, house breads, west coast fish and shellfish, free range chicken and Irish Aberdeen Angus dry aged on the bone.
After dinner, take a stroll through Temple Bar’s cobbled streets, have a look at Trinity lit majestically in the dark and slowly make your way back to Brooks for a restful night, where it won’t feel like you’re staying in a bustling city centre at all.
Wake to the bustling noise of Dublin City, enjoy a full breakfast at Brooks, where no detail is left untouched. Then head to the majestic Tankardstown House. This is a country house with imposing beauty, that embraces all the local produce of the region. Dine for lunch and enjoy a rich array of foods, served in the most elegant of surroundings.
Onwards to Ghan House where you will be greeted by Paul Carroll, who owns and runs this Georgian period home. Perched as it is, on the water at Carlingford, this house makes a welcome retreat in the heart of Ireland’s countryside. Dinner will be in his fine restaurant in the house's original drawing room. A warm fire in the original fireplace crackles a welcome. The grand piano may be getting its ivories tinkled as you eat. The food will be fresh herbs and vegetables from the house’s garden, seafood and meats. Retire to a cosy country room, for a comforting sleep.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast brimming with local food. A full Irish breakfast of local Irish meats, a bowl of homely country porridge, or some fresh fruit. The choice is yours as you sit looking out over the peaceful lake, and listening to the chirp of birds.
Make your way to the Mourne Mountains, a landscape that rises above you and offers up its many winding paths, and impressive boulders. Feel at one with nature as you glimpse the bountiful sea and fields in every direction. This is a paradise for food, that is clear in every inch of its fertile pastures. Head to the film site for the Game of Thrones, breathe in the history and legacy of the Winterfell Castle and Demesne.
Catch your breath, then onwards to Belfast where there’s even more history hidden in every corner. Why not consider a visit to the Titanic Exhibition and see the port where the boat was kept, then head to George’s Market, to pick your way through fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh fish and local sweet treats.
Check into Culloden Estate and Spa for night of exquisite fine dining and luxury accommodation. This is local food at its best. Meats include local rare breed pork, Hereford, Aberdeen Angus, Dexter, Charolais and Limousine beef from local herds, and tender succulent Dorset lamb reared in the hills of the north. Finnebrogue venison and Clandeboy pigeon will please game lovers, while free range chicken from a County Down farm is also superb. Find fish aplenty too – wonderful mussels from Strangford, Smoked Salmon from Bangor, Portavogie prawns and Kilkeel Scampi. Tie it all together with some serious cooking skills and original flair and we think you’ll agree you have a feast to anticipate.
The Causeway Coastal Route takes a turn further north through seascapes that will soothe your soul and the Nine Glens of Antrim, home to fertile lands that are famous for their delicious potatoes, an Irish staple. Get out at the causeway and soak up the sea, look at the ancient and beautiful interlocking basalt stones. This unusual landscape is one of Ireland’s treasures and the result of a volcano millions of years ago. Feel history beneath your feet. Be inspired by a walking tour of Derry before heading to Bushmills.
Stop off for lunch at Bushmills Inn, an award-winning pub and dining experience that makes the most of the food of this region. Serving it up with Irish cheer and in a warm atmosphere that will lift your spirits before you depart onto the signposted Wild Atlantic Way.
Glimpse Ireland’s wilder Atlantic Ocean and take a tour of Inishowen, breathe in the salty slap of sea air and enjoy the most amazing scenery along this famous designated road. Arrive at Rathmullan House on Lough Swilly in Donegal. A cosy family run country house with its own garden for seasonal produce. Before dinner, enjoy a tour of the walled kitchen garden and see the produce you’ll be eating at dinner in The Cook and Gardener Restaurant. Here it will be transformed into exquisite contemporary Irish cooking that shines from the plate.
Relax today as you are staying again in Rathmullan House and enjoying dinner here again tonight. In the meantime why not explore the local area and village getting a real feel for the local culture.
Wake to the peaceful countryside of Donegal, take a leisurely breakfast in the comfort of Rathmullan’s country home, perhaps take one last stroll down the gardens, or on the nearby sandy beach. Sip fresh coffee, enjoy a fresh full selection of food and reflect on the history and heritage you’ve experienced.
Return to the bustling Capital, this time to stay and dine at the sophisticated and elegant Dylan Hotel in Dublin City Centre. This evening is yours to enjoy, take a leisurely stroll to see any of the sights you might have missed. Perhaps hop on an open topped bus, or take a medieval Viking tour, before settling down to dinner at the Dylan Hotel for a delicious last supper.
Wake to the elegance of a breakfast at The Dylan Hotel. Choose from a full menu brimming with Irish produce, traditional breakfasts, elegant compotes and seasonal food. Savour every last bite, before checking out and making your way to Dublin Airport for departure.
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at the Luxurious Brooks Hotel
Connoisseur Experience at Guinness Storehouse
Lunch at the magnificant Tankardstown House
Luxury Dinner and Breakfast at Ghan House – a Traditional Irish Country House with Fresh Produce at its Heart
Dinner Bed and Breakfast in the luxurious 5 Star Culloden Estate and Spa
Lunch at The Bushmills Inn
Two nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at the Elegant Rathmullan House in the Scenic Surrounds of Donegal and a Tour of their Elegant Gardens
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at the Sophisticated Dylan Hotel Dublin.