Our Chauffeur/Guide with meet everyone at Dublin or Belfast Airport arrivals area, assist with your luggage onto your Luxury Mini Bus and then its off to your first Links – Portmarnock Golf Club.
The links is consistently ranked amongst the top golf courses in the world. With a rich history closely aligned to the progression of golf in Ireland, Portmarnock has hosted many major professional and amateur events including multiple Irish Open Championships, the Walker Cup, the Irish Amateur Close Championship and the British Amateur Championship. From Sam Snead to Seve Ballesteros, some of golf’s best known names have tested their skills here on the north Dublin peninsula.
Your accommodation for the first night is the magnificent Portmarnock Hotel. Tucked away in a quiet corner of ‘The Velvet Strand’, one of Ireland’s most stunning stretches of uninterrupted coastline – the historic Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links, once the family home of the Jameson Dynasty awaits. With an award-winning Links Golf Course, and Spa and the historic Jameson Bar, Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links is the perfect coastal retreat.
Ardglass is a Gem of a Links Course. The Irish Sea, which can be seen from all 18 tees and greens, comes into play on no fewer than 8 holes. This is just one of the memorable and unique features of the links at Ardglass Golf Club. Ardglass has the oldest building used as a golf club house in the world. The present building started its existence as a fortified warehouse that operated as a safe haven for 15th century importers and exporters. The initial construction of the castle started no later than 1405 and by the 18th century it was converted into a family home, with a new extension being completed around 1788.
After your round, we have a short drive to your hotel in Belfast City your accommodation is the Fitzwilliam Hotel on Great Victoria Street, beside the Grand Opera House, the luxury Hotel offers boutique bedrooms with free Wi-Fi. There is a chic restaurant and modern cocktail bar. Valet parking is available for an additional cost.
The sumptuous rooms have crisp Egyptian linens, and the elegant bathrooms feature fluffy robes and designer toiletries. All rooms have an LCD TV, air conditioning and a minibar. Fitzwilliam Restaurant serves fine wines and a creative menu in intimate surroundings. The stylish bar offers cocktails and champagnes in real crystal glasses, and boasts over 700 quality spirits.
Today you can unwind and stretch those legs and explore Belfast City. Your Chauffeur/Guide will escort you around the city with key stops at Titanic Visitor Centre, Belfast City Hall, Crown Liquor Salon and the ‘Belfast Trouble Areas’
Belfast has a wide and varied history from being the world leading ship manufacturer to now being able to boast the Number 1 tourist attraction in the world.
Your tour will commence at 0900 (or a time of your preference), and last for a duration of 8 hours. We have many sights to see during this tour and we can cover almost any interest in Belfast that you may have. From the new Titanic Visitors Centre to The Troubles areas of Belfast, our guide will give you a memorable tour and you will, doubtless, leave Belfast with a very different impression than what you may be expected.
Today you leave Belfast and make the trip up tp the North Coast of Ireland. Castlerock Golf Club, is a classic links course set amid towering dunes. Situated on the Causeway coast and only a 20 minute drive from both Royal Portrush Golf Club and Portstewart Golf Club, Castlerock is a more than worthy neighbor to both of these great Irish links. Its scenic qualities embrace the river Bann flowing out to the Atlantic, and also eye-catching views of Donegal and on a clear day towards Scotland and the Isle of Islay. An ideal retreat in which to play golf.
In 2015, Castlerock was awarded Hidden Gem of Northern Ireland. The Golf Club lies on Ireland’s North Coast near Coleraine, about 60-minutes’ drive from Belfast city. The traditional links course is one of many North Ireland gems golf courses.
After golf and a few relaxing drinks at the Clubhouse you will check in to your luxury Home Stay for the remainder of your trip. Located in Derry City, your home boasts 8 individually decorated bedrooms with en-suites sleeping a maximum of 16 people. For those who wish to read or relax and socialise our beautiful lounge area with stunning period bar is the perfect space to do so.
The outstanding Championship Strand Course was the host for the 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Jon Rahm, the 2017 Winner was certainly impressed, “the golf course is amazing. It’s probably one of the most beautiful golf courses I have ever seen, if not the most”. The views from almost every hole are quite simply, magical. The Atlantic is never very far away and the beauty of the course has to be seen to be believed. It is a treat that will take a very long time, if ever, to fade from the golfers memory.
On your 2nd Day Trip you will be driven along the North Coast, make sure your phone is fully charged as you will take in the culture and history along this beautiful part of Ireland. Key stops will be:
Mussenden Temple – Discover the striking 18th-century mansion of the eccentric Earl Bishop that now lies in ruin, then explore Mussenden Temple, perched on the cliff edge. As an extra treat you can learn about the reality of life in the rural 17th-century cottage of Hezlett House, told through people who once lived there in one of Northern Ireland’s oldest buildings.
Giants Causeway – Visit Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site and learn how the Causeway was formed with one of our award-winning storytellers by booking Visitor Experience tickets. We have guided tours running every hour; or you can pick up an audio guide and unlock the secrets of this landscape at your own pace, with information available in 11 languages and options to suit all ages.
Carrick-a-Rede – A ramble across the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge is arguably one of the most unique things to do on the Antrim Coast. The first rope bridge was built 1755 to facilitate salmon fishing. Over the years, the material used for the bridge advance for safety purposes. The current Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge now hangs 25 feet above the chilly waters below and it’s a cosy one meter wide.
Bushmills Distillery – On the way home, stop off at the Bushmills Distillery. The Bushmills brand portfolio includes five award-winning whiskies: Bushmills Original, Black Bush, Bushmills 10 Year Single Malt, Bushmills 16 Year Single Malt and Bushmills 21 Year Single Malt. In 2017 we added Red Bush to our core range. We also have our Distillery Reserve, a 12 Year Single Malt available to taste and buy only from the Distillery. During your tour you will see the copper potstills used to distil this special spirit. The triple-distillation is at the heart of all Bushmills whiskies and creates a unique combination of smoothness and richness.
Golfers have been travelling to Rosapenna since the late 19th century when the Old Tom Morris Links was ranked 3rd in the British Isles behind only The Old Course at St.Andrews and The Royal County Down Golf Club. With the addition of the hotel soon after the Old Tom Morris Links opened in 1893 Rosapenna is the true first golf resort in the world.
In 2003 Rosapenna opened a second course the Sandy Hills Links designed by Pat Ruddy of The European Club fame. In its relatively short lifetime the Sandy Hills Links has been met with rave reviews and steadily climbed the rankings as it matures into one of the worlds finest modern links courses.
2021 saw the reimagined St Patricks Links by Tom Doak open to the public in late June. Tom & his team have breathed new life into this spectacular site at Rosapenna. Orginally encompassing 36 holes, Tom has fashioned 18 unrecognisable and unforgettable holes over the same tract of land. The result? A sprawling links that is destined to become a modern great. The routing takes golfers on a journey through huge dunes, to high above Sheephaven Bay, along the coast, then back over some more gentle dunes… and that’s just the front nine! With plenty of width and an eclectic mix of naturalised bunkers, the course is unlike anything in the UK & Ireland… or anywhere else for that matter.
The Dunluce Links course is considered to be one of the best courses in the world. It was ranked fourth by Golf World in their list of “The 100 greatest courses in the British Isles” in November 1996. Golf Magazine ranked it twelfth in their list of the Top 100 Courses in the World, and Golf Digest ranked it as the fourth best course outside the United States in 2007.
The Links is named after the nearby ruins of the medieval Dunluce Castle located on the edge of a basalt outcropping overlooking the sea between Portrush and Portballintrae.
The original architect was the famed Harry Colt who produced a breathtaking golf links opening up views of the Atlantic Ocean. In 2015, in for the hosting of The Open in 2019, redesign works commenced under the stewardship of Martin Ebert.
Today you will leave your Homestay and make your way back South, but before you reach Dublin you will stop off and Play/Stay at Royal County Down and Sleive Donard Hotel Resort.
Tee off and enjoy the whole day at this 5 Star resort. Take in the breathtaking backdrop of the Mountains of Mourne and experience the town of Newcastle which is walking distance from the Hotel. Have dinner at the many sea food restaurants in town or dine in style in the Hotel Restaurant.
Your accommodation for the first night is the magnificent 5 Star Slieve Donard Hotel and Spa. The stylish ‘Classic Rooms’ are available as Single, Double and Twin rooms. Each room is decorated to create a tranquil atmosphere to ensure you have a relaxing and enjoyable stay.
After 3 rounds of Golf in a row, you will set off for your last full day in Ireland, and what better place to be than Dublin City. Take in a full day exploring the City with key stops at the Guinness Factory, Dublin Castle and finally Temple Bar for some of the best Live Music and legendary Irish Banter/Criac. Your hotel is in the Heart of Temple Bar so you wont have long to walk home after sampling first class local food and drinks.
Guinness Factory – The Connoisseur Experience at the Guinness Storehouse, is a journey through the tastes, smells and story of Guinness. Here you’ll sample four of the most popular beers that have ever been brewed at Guinness while your guide talks you through all there is to know about them. Discover the origins of famous Guinness beers, connect with the people around you and gain an understanding of the craft and connection behind the most iconic brand in the world.
Dublin Castle – Constructed in the early thirteenth century on the site of a Viking settlement, Dublin Castle served for centuries as the headquarters of English, and later British, administration in Ireland. In 1922, following Ireland’s independence, Dublin Castle was handed over to the new Irish government. It is now a major government complex and a key tourist attraction
Temple Bar – Temple Bar is a busy riverside neighbourhood, spread over cobbled pedestrian lanes. Crowded pubs host live folk music and DJ sets, and diners pack restaurants serving Asian, American and Irish cuisine. Quirky boutiques stock clothes and crafts by local designers. The National Photographic Archive highlights Ireland’s past, while the Project Arts Centre and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios shows contemporary art
Our Chauffeur/Guide will again take you to Belfast or Dublin airport for your journey home.
We hope your time in Ireland was memorable and would love to see you again.
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