EXPLORE

1. Ardtara Country House.
A local favourite not to be missed. Menu on their website. https://www.ardtara.com/
2. Friels Bar and Restaurant.
Traditional Irish bar and restaurant. Menu on their website. https://friels.ie/
3. District 45 Restaurant. Menu on facebook.
4. Dawsons Restaurant. Menu on Facebook.

1. The Old Thatch Inn.
Gastro pub. Menu on their website. https://oldthatchinn.com/
2. Taphouse Bar and Restaurant.
Local culture and cuisine. Menu on their website. http://www.taphouserestaurant.com/
3. Ox Belfast.
Michelin star fine dining. Menu on their website. https://oxbelfast.com/
4. Ramore.
A selection of several restaurants and bars along the coast. Check out their website.
http://www.ramorerestaurant.com/

Local

1. Ardtara Country House.
A local favourite not to be missed. Menu on their website. https://www.ardtara.com/
2. Friels Bar and Restaurant.
Traditional Irish bar and restaurant. Menu on their website. https://friels.ie/
3. District 45 Restaurant. Menu on facebook.
4. Dawsons Restaurant. Menu on Facebook.

Further afield

1. The Old Thatch Inn.
Gastro pub. Menu on their website. https://oldthatchinn.com/
2. Taphouse Bar and Restaurant.
Local culture and cuisine. Menu on their website. http://www.taphouserestaurant.com/
3. Ox Belfast.
Michelin star fine dining. Menu on their website. https://oxbelfast.com/
4. Ramore.
A selection of several restaurants and bars along the coast. Check out their website.
http://www.ramorerestaurant.com/

Dining in
1. Joe’s Pizza House.
Menu on Facebook. Weekend delivery available.
2. Lucky Dragon.
Menu on Facebook. Delivery available.

Local

1. An Carn
A gift shop retailing a selection of traditional and contemporary Irish crafts and gifts.
2. Meadowlane Shopping Centre
A retail centre in the heart of Magherafelt offering a variety of shopping experiences.

Further afield
1. Belfast
The mothership for discerning shoppers. Victoria Square and Castle Court are the most
popular shopping centres. There is truly something for everyone. Don’t miss the famous
St. Georges market Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
2. Derry-Londonderry
A prime destination for shoppers.
An eclectic mix of traditional craft, contemporary
individualism, and quirky finds. Foyleside, and Richmond Shopping Centres are the
hotspots.

NATURE WALKS
Local
1. Drumnaph Nature Reserve
An ancient woodland site with a rich history. It was once part of an immense oak forest
that covered much of Mid-Ulster. There are three ancient raths within its boundary.
2. Carntogher Way – Sli An Chairn
A walk on the hills above the Glenshane Pass with views across Lough Foyle to Errigal
and Muckish in Donegal, Sawel and the high Sperrins, and south-east to The Mournes
and Slieve Gullion.
3. Upperlands Mill and Dam Trail
A walk around the four man made dams and derelict buildings which used to serve
Irelands oldest linen mill ‘William Clark & Sons’.

Further afield
1. Portglenone Forest
Best time to visit is in early May when the Blue Bells blanket the forest floor.
2. Glenariff Forest Park
The Queen of the Glens, it is considered the most beautiful of the nine Antrim Glens.
3. Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail
Climb Irelands stairway to heaven

BEACHES
1. Benone Beach
Beautiful golden strand that stretches out as far as the eye can see.
Popular for surfers. Blue flag.
2. Tyrella Beach
With the Mourne Mountains as the backdrop, this gem is popular for horse riders riding
along the shore.
3. White Park Bay
Beautiful blue flag beach. You may be greeted by the unusual resident cows on your
way down to the water.
4. Portstewart Strand
Views of Inishowen headland and Mussenden Temple. Blue flag beach is popular for
picnics, swimming, surfing and long walks along the shore.

TOURIST HOTSPOTS

1. Seamus Heaney Homeplace
Taking you on an inspiring journey through the life and work of one of
Ireland’s greatest writers. Situated between Heaney’s two childhood homes,
HomePlace is at the heart of the area that inspired so much for the poet’s
work.
2. Ulster American Folk Park
Open air museum with more than 30 exhibit buildings, museum tells the
story of three centuries of Irish emigration.
3. Giants Causeway Visitor Centre
The National Trusts visitor centre that sits tucked into the hillside above
the causeway acting as a gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
4. Titanic Belfast
The birthplace of the world’s most famous shipwreck. The visitor centre
tells the story of the Titanic from her conception, through her construction
and launch, to her maiden voyage.
5. Old Bushmills Distillery
The world’s oldest whiskey distillery offering tours and tastings.

ROAD TRIPS
1. Causeway Coastal Route
130 miles along the coast from Belfast to Derry, this scenic drive offers everything from
castles to stunning landscapes, distilleries and more.
2. Central Sperrins
90-mile looped route starting and ending in the town of Strabane, this drive offers views
along Irelands most extensive mountain range.
3. High Mournes Scenic Loop
A 20-mile drive stretching from Newcastle to Annalong. Offering the best views of the
Mourne Mountains without having to hike it.
4. Fermanagh Lakes
Drive through the stunning scenery of the Fermanagh Lakes, taking in views of Lough
Erne and the Benauglin Mountains through Fermanagh and Enniskillen.
5. Strangford Lough Scenic Drive
Stretching around the Ards Peninsula, this drive covers and Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty in Strangford Lough. Popular with cyclists.
6. Binevenagh Scenic Route
For magical views over the north coast of Ireland. From the top of Binevenagh you can
take in the views over Magilligan, Donegal and the Atlantic Ocean stretching out for
miles into the distance.

SPORTING
Golf
1. Royal County Down Golf Club

One of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland. It is in Murlough Nature Reserve, set against the
backdrop of the magnificent Mourne mountains, the links stretch along the shores of
Dundrum Bay.
2. Royal Portrush Golf Club
Home to the world-famous Dunluce Links, one of the most challenging golf courses in
the world.
3. Portstewart Golf Course
Home to three fine true links golf courses.
Fishing
1. River Bush
Best known for its salmon fishing and hard-fighting trout.
2. The Six Mile Water
One of a handful of rivers in the world where anglers can catch dollaghan, the large
brown trout-like species native only to Lough Neagh and its feeder rivers. The river
holds salmon and brown trout too.
3. Lough Melvin
The native trout here have not changed since the Ice Age. Including four varieties of
pure-bred, wily and energetic trout, and salmon plus sea trout, char and perch are all
present in good numbers.
4. Lough Erne + Enniskillen
The capital of coarse angling. Dominant shoals of roach, bream, rudd, hybrids and
tench.
5. River Bann
Northern Irelands longest river. In the Upper Bann, the stretch downstream is regarded
as one of the best coarse fisheries in Europe, offering lots of roach and bream. The
Lower Bann contains head of bream, roach, eels and hybrids.
6. Coastal fishing
All along the coast offers beach and rock fishing for a variety of species.
STATELY HOMES
1. Hillsborough Castle + Gardens
A working royal palace, it’s the official residence of the Royal Family when they’re in
Northern Ireland.
2. Glenarm Castle
Home of the Viscount and Viscountess Dunluce and their family.
3. Castle Ward
A house of contracts, a classic Palladian frontage and a romantic Gothic style rear.
4. Florence Court
Much like the mansion, the gardens have a unique story to tell. Home to the mother of
all yews. Gifted to Lord Enniskillen by a local farmer in the 1700s, the Florence Court
Yew is reputedly the ancestor of the millions of Irish yews.

1. Ardtara Country House.
A local favourite not to be missed. Menu on their website. https://www.ardtara.com/
2. Friels Bar and Restaurant.
Traditional Irish bar and restaurant. Menu on their website. https://friels.ie/
3. District 45 Restaurant. Menu on facebook.
4. Dawsons Restaurant. Menu on Facebook.

1. The Old Thatch Inn.
Gastro pub. Menu on their website. https://oldthatchinn.com/
2. Taphouse Bar and Restaurant.
Local culture and cuisine. Menu on their website. http://www.taphouserestaurant.com/
3. Ox Belfast.
Michelin star fine dining. Menu on their website. https://oxbelfast.com/
4. Ramore.
A selection of several restaurants and bars along the coast. Check out their website.
http://www.ramorerestaurant.com/

Local

1. Ardtara Country House.
A local favourite not to be missed. Menu on their website. https://www.ardtara.com/
2. Friels Bar and Restaurant.
Traditional Irish bar and restaurant. Menu on their website. https://friels.ie/
3. District 45 Restaurant. Menu on facebook.
4. Dawsons Restaurant. Menu on Facebook.

Further afield

1. The Old Thatch Inn.
Gastro pub. Menu on their website. https://oldthatchinn.com/
2. Taphouse Bar and Restaurant.
Local culture and cuisine. Menu on their website. http://www.taphouserestaurant.com/
3. Ox Belfast.
Michelin star fine dining. Menu on their website. https://oxbelfast.com/
4. Ramore.
A selection of several restaurants and bars along the coast. Check out their website.
http://www.ramorerestaurant.com/

Dining in
1. Joe’s Pizza House.
Menu on Facebook. Weekend delivery available.
2. Lucky Dragon.
Menu on Facebook. Delivery available.

Local

1. An Carn
A gift shop retailing a selection of traditional and contemporary Irish crafts and gifts.
2. Meadowlane Shopping Centre
A retail centre in the heart of Magherafelt offering a variety of shopping experiences.

Further afield
1. Belfast
The mothership for discerning shoppers. Victoria Square and Castle Court are the most
popular shopping centres. There is truly something for everyone. Don’t miss the famous
St. Georges market Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
2. Derry-Londonderry
A prime destination for shoppers.
An eclectic mix of traditional craft, contemporary
individualism, and quirky finds. Foyleside, and Richmond Shopping Centres are the
hotspots.

NATURE WALKS
Local
1. Drumnaph Nature Reserve
An ancient woodland site with a rich history. It was once part of an immense oak forest
that covered much of Mid-Ulster. There are three ancient raths within its boundary.
2. Carntogher Way – Sli An Chairn
A walk on the hills above the Glenshane Pass with views across Lough Foyle to Errigal
and Muckish in Donegal, Sawel and the high Sperrins, and south-east to The Mournes
and Slieve Gullion.
3. Upperlands Mill and Dam Trail
A walk around the four man made dams and derelict buildings which used to serve
Irelands oldest linen mill ‘William Clark & Sons’.

Further afield
1. Portglenone Forest
Best time to visit is in early May when the Blue Bells blanket the forest floor.
2. Glenariff Forest Park
The Queen of the Glens, it is considered the most beautiful of the nine Antrim Glens.
3. Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail
Climb Irelands stairway to heaven

BEACHES
1. Benone Beach
Beautiful golden strand that stretches out as far as the eye can see.
Popular for surfers. Blue flag.
2. Tyrella Beach
With the Mourne Mountains as the backdrop, this gem is popular for horse riders riding
along the shore.
3. White Park Bay
Beautiful blue flag beach. You may be greeted by the unusual resident cows on your
way down to the water.
4. Portstewart Strand
Views of Inishowen headland and Mussenden Temple. Blue flag beach is popular for
picnics, swimming, surfing and long walks along the shore.

TOURIST HOTSPOTS

1. Seamus Heaney Homeplace
Taking you on an inspiring journey through the life and work of one of
Ireland’s greatest writers. Situated between Heaney’s two childhood homes,
HomePlace is at the heart of the area that inspired so much for the poet’s
work.
2. Ulster American Folk Park
Open air museum with more than 30 exhibit buildings, museum tells the
story of three centuries of Irish emigration.
3. Giants Causeway Visitor Centre
The National Trusts visitor centre that sits tucked into the hillside above
the causeway acting as a gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
4. Titanic Belfast
The birthplace of the world’s most famous shipwreck. The visitor centre
tells the story of the Titanic from her conception, through her construction
and launch, to her maiden voyage.
5. Old Bushmills Distillery
The world’s oldest whiskey distillery offering tours and tastings.

ROAD TRIPS
1. Causeway Coastal Route
130 miles along the coast from Belfast to Derry, this scenic drive offers everything from
castles to stunning landscapes, distilleries and more.
2. Central Sperrins
90-mile looped route starting and ending in the town of Strabane, this drive offers views
along Irelands most extensive mountain range.
3. High Mournes Scenic Loop
A 20-mile drive stretching from Newcastle to Annalong. Offering the best views of the
Mourne Mountains without having to hike it.
4. Fermanagh Lakes
Drive through the stunning scenery of the Fermanagh Lakes, taking in views of Lough
Erne and the Benauglin Mountains through Fermanagh and Enniskillen.
5. Strangford Lough Scenic Drive
Stretching around the Ards Peninsula, this drive covers and Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty in Strangford Lough. Popular with cyclists.
6. Binevenagh Scenic Route
For magical views over the north coast of Ireland. From the top of Binevenagh you can
take in the views over Magilligan, Donegal and the Atlantic Ocean stretching out for
miles into the distance.

SPORTING
Golf
1. Royal County Down Golf Club

One of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland. It is in Murlough Nature Reserve, set against the
backdrop of the magnificent Mourne mountains, the links stretch along the shores of
Dundrum Bay.
2. Royal Portrush Golf Club
Home to the world-famous Dunluce Links, one of the most challenging golf courses in
the world.
3. Portstewart Golf Course
Home to three fine true links golf courses.
Fishing
1. River Bush
Best known for its salmon fishing and hard-fighting trout.
2. The Six Mile Water
One of a handful of rivers in the world where anglers can catch dollaghan, the large
brown trout-like species native only to Lough Neagh and its feeder rivers. The river
holds salmon and brown trout too.
3. Lough Melvin
The native trout here have not changed since the Ice Age. Including four varieties of
pure-bred, wily and energetic trout, and salmon plus sea trout, char and perch are all
present in good numbers.
4. Lough Erne + Enniskillen
The capital of coarse angling. Dominant shoals of roach, bream, rudd, hybrids and
tench.
5. River Bann
Northern Irelands longest river. In the Upper Bann, the stretch downstream is regarded
as one of the best coarse fisheries in Europe, offering lots of roach and bream. The
Lower Bann contains head of bream, roach, eels and hybrids.
6. Coastal fishing
All along the coast offers beach and rock fishing for a variety of species.
STATELY HOMES
1. Hillsborough Castle + Gardens
A working royal palace, it’s the official residence of the Royal Family when they’re in
Northern Ireland.
2. Glenarm Castle
Home of the Viscount and Viscountess Dunluce and their family.
3. Castle Ward
A house of contracts, a classic Palladian frontage and a romantic Gothic style rear.
4. Florence Court
Much like the mansion, the gardens have a unique story to tell. Home to the mother of
all yews. Gifted to Lord Enniskillen by a local farmer in the 1700s, the Florence Court
Yew is reputedly the ancestor of the millions of Irish yews.