Our Chauffeur/Guide will meet everyone at Dublin Airport arrivals area, assist with your luggage onto your Luxury Mini Bus and then its of to your Hotel for the next 3 Nights – Portmarnock Links 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 was once the family home of the Jameson Dynasty.
With an award-winning Links Golf Course, Spa and the historic Jameson Bar, Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links is the perfect coastal retreat.
If you arrive on a morning flight and up for playing 18 holes today please let us know, this can be arranged
Portmarnock Links is an 18 hole course spread across 203 acres and is set on the grounds of the old Jameson Estate of St. Marnocks. The course has played host to professional and amateur events including the 2008 and 2009 Ladies Irish Open and the 2021 Irish Challenge.
Portmarnock Links makes full use of the dunes and natural terrain to provide a layout that will please the most ardent of links purists. The elevated tees and greens, blind approaches and doglegs, not to mention the typical links sea breeze, will keep you thinking through every round.
For the non-golfers our driver will take you for a Tour around Dublin City. Some great places to visit below,
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.
Blend your own whiskey at the Jameson Distillery Bow St, Black Barrel Blending Class
It takes years of study, knowledge and experience to become a Jameson Black Barrel Distiller. But all you need to know is…you can now blend your own in 90 minutes, in the Jameson Black Barrel Blending Class. Just don’t tell our Master Blender. Pick up the tricks of the trade in our Blending Room and Dublin’s only live Maturation House, and find out what makes Jameson Black Barrel another level of smoothness.
This Jameson Black Barrel Blending Class does not also include our guided tour. Why? Good question. Due to consumption levels it means you’ll not be allowed to book a Bow St. Experience Tour (which also serves drinks) along with this one. Future you will thank us.
After your tour you can explore more of Dublin City, or play an extra round of golf at the many courses in the area. Let us know your preference.
Today after breakfast your driver will transport you to Belfast City. On-route we stop off at Hillsborough Castle. Hillsborough Castle has been a grand family home and is now the official home of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, and a royal residence. Members of the Royal Family stay at Hillsborough when visiting Northern Ireland.
Wander through 100 acres of beautiful gardens which have been developed from the 1780. Discover the contrast of ornamental grounds and peaceful woodland, meandering waterways and trimmed lawns. Explore the Lime Tree Walk, Granville Garden, the Lady Alice Temple, the Quaker Burial ground and an Ice House. Imagine the gardens in different times as you walk through the Walled Garden, dating back to the 18th Century. This is a large, four-acre site historically used to produce fruit, vegetables and flowers for the house. As part of the Hillsborough Castle Project in 2018, the gardens have been restored to create a beautiful working and productive garden. See the renovations complete with dipping pond, crop rotations, seasonal produce, potting sheds, herbaceous borders and an apple orchard.
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.
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.
For the non-golfers 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.
A tour at Hinch Distillery is not just an exploration of history, production and their bold range of triple distilled whiskeys; it’s an invitation to sit and learn from the characters that bring it to life through an immersive sensory journey.
You’ll find this impressive distillery in the heart of County Down, nestled among the drumlins, not too far from the Mournes. Drawing its water from the beautiful Silent Valley, and sourcing local grain, here’s a whiskey that’s made from the essence of nature around it.
Beginning in the ingredients room, you’ll see the raw materials of what goes into Hinch Whiskey. Inside the spectacular distillery itself, get up close with the mashing vessels and fermentation tanks, before viewing the stunning copper pot stills; Donard, Croob and Wee
At Hinch, we’re proud to welcome visitors backstage. Our stunning facility has been designed to allow the public an up-close and personal look at our equipment. Our fun and friendly guides will walk you through the history of Irish whiskey, explain how we distil and mature our spirit, before a guided tasting in our exclusive tasting bar.
Tours last roughly 1 hour 15 minutes, tasting options include; Classic & Premium.
After your tour you can explore more of Belfast City, or play an extra round of golf at the many courses in the area. Let us know your preference.
On your way to Derry stop of at the famed Galgorm Thermal Spa Village for the day, the first of it’s kind in Ireland, is the jewel in the crown of Galgorm. Inspired by the understated beauty of the landscape, natural wood and a palette of hues inspired by nature piece together in harmony to deliver a feeling of restfulness and calm. Manicured gardens reveal meandering paths that lead you on your journey of rediscovery.
A smorgasbord of heated and cool spa experiences await including saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs, indoor and outdoor pools, snail shower, heated loungers, the famed snow cabin and Beltane Experience. Savour the views and awaken your senses in the surroundings of the River House, perfect to while away the hours with a good read. When you have worked up a hunger, Elements Spa Cafe house refreshing drinks, indulgent snacks and nourishing nibbles for those feeling particularly virtuous.
Your Hotel is The Ebrington Hotel & Spa is built within a former army barracks, dating from 1841 and is in the heart of Derry City on Ebrington Square, directly overlooking the Peace Bridge. The hotel is a blend of listed buildings and new modern architecture linking the past & the present with amazing, elevated views across the river Foyle & entire Derry landscape, with shopping, museums, entertainment and many more attractions on your doorstep.
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 neighbour 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.
For the non-golfers you will join your guide as they take you around key locations in and around the only intact walled city in Ireland. Passionate in their storytelling, the guides mix humour and history while telling the story in a sensitive way. Learn more about the varied and poignant stories of the city – The Bloody Sunday Story, the Apprentice Boys history, the traditions of the marching season, the famous murals and of course the walls themselves. The tour takes approx 2hrs.
Today 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:
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.
Our Chauffeur/Guide will again take you to Belfast or Dublin airport for your journey home.
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