Northern Ireland captured my heart almost immediately when I first visited in 2009. With its breathtaking scenery, friendly locals always up for some ‘craic’ (fun!), and plenty to see and do, including exploring Game of Thrones filming sites, there will never be a dull moment on your trip!
After a long day of craic you’ll want to rest easy and recharge. There are dozens of hotels across Northern Ireland; if it’s something amazing, unusual or even eccentric, you are bound to find one that will fit the bill.
1. Twilight Bunkhouse, Carnlough, County Antrim
Cosy indie coffee shop downstairs, comfy getaway upstairs, with views over Carnlough Harbour – or the Braavos Canal for Game of Thrones fans (the harbour was a film location for the HBO blockbuster). The two six-person dorms and two four-person private rooms come complete with kitchen, guest lounge and access to a courtyard.
Twilight Bunkhouse, 54-56 Harbour Rd, Carnlough, Ballymena
2. Finn Lough Bubble Domes, County Fermanagh
A cosy little bubble to call home deep in the forest of a lakeland resort. These polished, airy and 360-degree glass dome suites, with complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screens and tea and coffee-making facilities, mean you can stargaze the night sky on comfy seats or reclining on the four-poster bed.
Finn Lough Bubble Domes, 41 Letter Road, Aghnablaney, Enniskillen
3. Aurora, Bushmills, County Antrim
Hewn from Canadian cedar, Aurora North Coast is a this pair of deluxe log cabins comes complete with supersized beds, wood burners, outdoor hot tubs and private verandas. Just a mile away from the world-famous Giant’s Causeway, there is a myriad of attractions to explore nearby.
Aurora, 14 & 16 Castlenagree Rd, Bushmills
4. Quarry Hill Church, Strangford County Down
A unique opportunity to stay in a stunning converted Presbyterian church, originally built in 1846. Now a protected building due to its architectural value, the spectacular five-bedroom property is located at the entrance to the picturesque village of Strangford overlooking Castleward Bay.
Quarry Hill Church, 56 Downpatrick Rd, Strangford, Downpatric
5. Blackrock Beach House, Portrush, County Antrim
This superlative holiday home overlooks a Blue Flag beach in the seaside resort of Portrush. The best local bars and fine dining restaurants are no further than a pleasant stroll along the promenade. This is the perfect base for exploring the Causeway Coastal Route.
Blackrock Beach House, 26 Dhu Varren, Portrush
6. Waterfall Caves, Limavady, County Londonderry
A perfect getaway for a weekend in the outdoors, Waterfall Caves is a quirky subterranean set-up lies at the foot of Binevenagh Mountain. The luxury caves sleep up to four, have spring water on tap and are close to outdoor activities like snorkelling, forest walks, fishing, cycling and mountain climbing.
Waterfall Caves, 76 Duncrun Rd, Limavady
7. Further Space, Glenarm Castle, County Antrim
A distinctive comfort zone in the grounds of a seventeenth-century castle. Able to house up to four people with all the comforts of home, these stylish glamping pods are set on a spectacular hill-top site with breathtaking views of the sea and the surrounding Glenarm Castle Estate.
Further Space, Glenarm Castle, 2 Castle Ln, Glenarm, Ballymena
8. Carntogher Cabins, Slaughtneil, County Londonderry
Set on a family farm in a peaceful rural setting a few miles from the quaint market town of Maghera. The luxury glamping cabins have magnificent views of the Sperrin Mountains, and with tranquil walking and mountain biking on offer, re-engaging with nature is easy.
Carntogher Cabins, 36A Slaughtneil Road, Maghera
9. Curran Gate, Portrush, County Antrim
Luxurious oceanfront apartments with breathtaking balcony views over Royal Portrush Golf Club, Portrush and the town’s East Strand beach. Each room is finished to high specification and fitted with smart technology, while a concierge will make sure you have everything you need.
Curran Gate, 115 Causeway St, Portrush
10. The Bakers Cottages, Seaforde, County Down
An ideal bolthole for exploring the Mourne Mountains and the sandy beaches and seaside towns nearby. This one-time bakery still has many of its original features. Three beautifully furnished bedrooms are complemented by a private hot tub house – bathrobes and slippers provided.
The Bakers Cottages, 26 Demesne Rd, Seaforde, Downpatrick