Bushmills

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Bushmills is a small town on the Causeway Coast less than 6 miles from Portrush. It is a popular place to visit and is most famous as being the home of the Bushmills Distillery. It is also the closest town to the Giant’s Causeway, one of the most popular attractions on the island of Ireland.

It is a quaint and picturesque village that it is hundreds of years old. Many of the old buildings have been preserved and provide a picture-postcard type setting. Bushmills is an official conservation village and has over 90 listed buildings. That makes it interesting from a heritage and architectural point of view, but it also makes it beautiful.

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Headline act for Bushmills Live 2013 announced

Indie folk band Of Monsters and Men will headline this year's Bushmills Live festival. It is the artisan concert held in the famous distillery on the North Coast. Last year was the first event, and it was a huge success. So, they are back again this year, with the concert taking place on 19 and 20 June.

Of Monsters and Men are from Iceland and are growing in popularity across the globe. They are award winning and are set to be one of the must-see acts of the 2013 season of summer music festivals.

Only 500 tickets are available for the event. The distillery location, while very cool and atmospheric, is not very big. That makes tickets to this event very sought after. To keep everything fair, Bushmills do not release the tickets on the general market. Instead they run a competition on their Facebook page. Entries open on St Patrick's Day so if you want to go, get over to facebook.com/bushmills1608.

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The Giant's Causeway

 

Hotels Near Giant's Causeway

 

The Giant's Causeway is a spectacular rock formation on the rugged north coast of Ireland. It is hugely significant both scientifically and in terms of Ireland's heritage and history. For decades, it has also been important to the economy of Northern Ireland, with hundreds of thousands of people visiting the attraction every year. It is steeped in Irish folklore and legend and, more recently, has been tinged with controversy.

Below you will read how the Giant's Causeway was formed - both the scientific explanation, and the one from Irish legend. We also outline its more modern history, including its significance in Northern Irish and World heritage. Then we have more practical advice, including details on the Visitor's Centre, how to get to the Giant's Causeway, and other things to see and do while in the area.

 

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Portrush

Top 5 things to do in Portrush

There are two huge events that take place in Portrush every year - the North West 200 and the Northern Ireland International Airshow. Tens of thousands of people come from all over Ireland, the UK, and the world, for those events.

Portrush is also the heart of the Causeway Coast. It is used as a base for people visiting the Giant's Causeway, Bushmills Distillery, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and the Causeway Coast Coastal Route.

There is more to Portrush than big annual events and the Giant's Causeway, however.

Portrush is a haven for golfers and a pligrimage for surfers. Thousands of people come to the coastal town every weekend for the great restaurants and nightlife. At the same time it is one of the most popular destinations in Northern Ireland for families. It also has many historical attractions, steeped in Irish history with generous toppings of lore.

This guide will help you get the most out of your visit to Portrush.

 

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Consider self drive when planning a visit to Ireland

An American tourist, visiting Ireland for the first time, was checking that his hire car was in good order before setting off on a day trip around the beautiful Causeway Coast. He was parked in the hotel car park so he called to one of the hotel porters, Seamus, to help him. The American tourist asked Seamus to stand at the back of the car and make sure his indicator lights were working. He turned them on and called to Seamus "are they working ok?" Seamus called back "Yes, No, Yes, No, Yes, No".

Portrush road tripThere are two main ways to get around Ireland – by coach, or by hiring a car and driving yourself, like the American tourist in the Irish joke. For many people, the coach option is the straight forward one. It is the hassle free option. Directions, maps or satellite navigation systems are not needed when on a coach. Nor do you have to deal with jokers like Seamus when checking your indicators – that sort of thing can be left to the coach driver.

 

Also, on coach trips, all accommodation is sorted for you, and the coach companies plan the trip so you do not even need to research the landmarks and places you want to visit. It is as easy as climbing aboard after breakfast, sitting back and waiting for the driver to stop and say “we are here”. 

You often do not even need to worry about where to buy lunch.

It is therefore easy to understand the appeal of booking a coach trip to explore Ireland. Driving yourself, however, is an option that should not be discounted.

I was recently staying in a hotel in Derry, Northern Ireland’s second city. The hotel itself is used as a stop-off for many of the coach trips visiting this part of Ireland. Derry City itself is historical, with its walls, history of clothes manufacturing and connection to Ireland’s troubled past. Today it is a city being transformed, with a vibrant music and arts scene – it is the 2013 European City of Culture.

 

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NI International Airshow Dates Announced

The Red Arrows have confirmed they will be performing at the NI International Airshow again this year. It will be the only display they will be doing in Northern Ireland in 2012.
 
The airshow will take place on the weekend of 8th and 9th of September in Portrush. The setting is a perfect natural ampithetre for an airshow, attracting crowds of about 100,000 people.
 
And it is FREE!
 
The Red Arrows are the world's top aerobatic display team and are simply exhilarating to watch. They are the public face of the RAF, performing events all over the UK (and the world) every year. They were part of the opening day of the Olympics, performing fly-pasts at all of the UK's capital cities and also at the Olympic stadium.
 
The Red Arrows are not the only thing to see, however. There will be 20 aircraft flying each day, including jets, World War 2 fighters, stunt planes and helicopters.
 
In the water there are sea manoeuvre displays and other boats while on land there is family entertainment, exhibitions and a large trade village.
 
This is Ireland's biggest airshow and if you have not been before, it is worth the trip.
 
 
 
 
 

Giants Causeway features on Olympics opening ceremony

On Friday night the Olympics opening ceremony was broadcast to the world. Right at the beginning, our very Giant's Causeway featured with a children's choir singing Danny Boy.
 
The opening ceremony, directed by Danny Boyle, has been heralded a triumph and has won praise across the world, so it was good to see an iconic location like the Giant's Causeway being given such prominence.
 
The children who performed were from Belfast Philmarmonic Youth Choir. They stood on the famous hexagonal stone pillars that make up the Giant's Causeway to deliver their pitch-perfect rendition of the famous Irish song. The feature was part of a montage of choirs performing across the UK and was watched by a global audience of up to a billion people.
 
Tom Coard, the chairman of the Belfast Philharmonic Society, told the Belfast Telegraph they only had 10 days to prepare for the filming.
 
He said: "It all came together in the end and I’m extremely proud of the work they’ve done and extremely proud of them as youngsters and young people for having that ability to rise to the occasion and believe we could do it. It was a fantastic experience for the youngsters."
 
The Giant's Causeway provided the perfect backdrop, although credit has to be given to the children for getting to their perches. They each stood on one of the 40,000 interlocking basalt columns that make up the natural wonder and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 
The use of the Giant's Causeway as the location for this part of the opening ceremony was fitting as the area has come to be a visual representation of Northern Ireland. For many, when thinking of the north coast of Ireland, images of the Giant's Causeway come to mind.
 

More information

 
The Giant's Causeway is made up of 40,000 hexagonal columns, probably formed following an ancient volcanic eruption. Scientists believe this happened around 50 million years ago. In Irish legend, however, the rock formations were created by an Irish warrior giant, Fionn MacCool as a bridge to Scotland.

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Natural wonder steeped in folklore and legend

The Giant's Causeway is a spectacular area of about 40,000 unique, hexagonal, basalt columns. From a natural history point of view they are the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.

Folklore tells us the columns are the remnants of a bridge across the Irish Sea built by the legendary Finn McCool. He wanted to get to Scotland so he could fight the Scottish giant Benandonner. But when Benandonner started to cross the bridge himself, Finn McCool realised the giant was much bigger than he was. So he, with the help of his wife, pretended to be a giant baby. Benandonner wandered how big the father of such a large child would be and retreated back to Scotland, destroying the bridge as he went.

Thousands of people visit the Giant's Causeway every year. It is described as the eighth wonder of the natural world and is located on the Causeway Coastal route which itself is often described as the most scenic and beautiful drive in Europe.

 

Where to stay

There are many hotels to stay in as part of any trip to the Giant's Causeway. Portrush itself is a short drive away so a browse or search of our main hotels and bed and breakfasts is a good place to start.

To help further we have also listed below the 10 closest hotels and bed and breakfasts to the Giant's Causeway.

 

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