Dreaming of a short weekend away or perhaps a change of scene? Make this February special with a luxury break, cosy getaway or city escape! We’ve got some great ideas & inspiration to help you plan the perfect Valentine’s break in Northern Ireland.
A break by the lake
Discover the beauty of the Fermanagh Lakelands this Valentine’s day. Revel in the luxury of an award-winning hotel and take advantage of the in-house spa treatments or whynot snuggle up together in front of a roaring log fire in a traditional cosy cottage. Take time out to enjoy the natural environment. Pack a picnic basket and head off on a scenic drive. Go underground and explore magical caves or climb to the top of the nearest cliff and watch the sunset. Go for a ramble in a secluded forest. Be lord and lady for the day and explore some of Fermanagh’s stately homes and magnificent castle ruins.
Music, craic and culture in the City of Culture
A visit to the walled city in 2013 is a must – The City of Derry~Londonderry is celebrating as the UK City of Culture 2013 with a year long programme of exciting events & there’s plenty happening this Valentine’s! Enjoy a four star getaway right in the heart of the city at the City Hotel or go for a country escape just outside the Walled City in the Beech Hill Country House Hotel. Take a romantic walk along the Walls or go for wander across the beautiful Peace Bridge to Ebrington Square – the main site for the 2013 line-up.
Discover the unique shops & cafes in the centre & be sure to go for a tipple in one of the many cosy pubs! If you fancy some nighttime entertainment – go back to the 80′s at the Waterside Theatre where Footloose will be showing on the 15th or enjoy a concert on Valentine’s night with Tommy Flemming in the Millennium Forum. For those of you who love a bit of live music & craic – Sandino’s Cafe Bar is the place to be – you’ll hear everything from jazz to rock! Spoil yourself with some good food & wine in one of the city’s fine restaurants & finish off your break with a bit of retail therapy.
Buzz of Belfast
Go for an exciting weekend filled with music, good food & a bit of pampering. If ever there is an excuse for the four star treatment – Valentine’s is it! How about a special night away at the Merchant Hotel or a luxury escape in the Fitzwilliam! Start off your romantic break with a bit of retail therapy in Victoria Square or take a wander down the Lisburn Road for some unique boutiques!
Once you’re dressed for the occasion step out to one of the city’s amazing restaurants – how about a great fine dining experience in Deane’s at Queen’s or take your pick of restaurants in St. Annes Square. If you fancy a cosy corner afterwards – head to Muriel’s for a cocktail or how about some live music in the Duke of York in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter! If you are making a weekend of it there’s plenty of great places & spaces to explore – why not get to know the city with a Belfast City Bike Tour – a fantastic way to see Belfast & get to know all the hotspots!
Explore the North Coast
Pack up the car & discover the beauty of the Causeway Coastal Route rated as one of the Top Five Road Trips worldwide! Head to the breathtaking north Antrim coastline and lose yourself in local myths such as the legend that the Giant’s Causeway was built on a fairytale of love when the giant Finn McCool wanted a way to reach his lady giant who lived on an island on the Scottish coast. The Coastal Route takes you through many beautiful villages nestled right on the sea coast including Cushendall & Cushendun where you can stop off for the night. If you want to get the full North Coast experience; head up to the Carrick-a-Rede rope where you’ll be greeted with amazing views & of course the famous walk across the bridge! Stop off in the picturesque village of Bushmills & why not warm up with a wee taste of the famous whiskey in the Old Distillery. You’ll find lots of cosy pubs & restaurants along your route & plenty of breathtaking views that will give you a picture perfect romantic weekend. For more ideas on where to stop off check out our full Causeway Coastal Route itinerary for couples: discovernorthernireland.com/DestinationNI
Spend some quality time together with a relaxing break in Armagh where you’ll find plenty of romantic ideas & stunning scenery to enjoy! Go star gazing at the Armagh Planetarium or discover your creative side with a pottery workshop at Ballydougan Pottery. Get a real hands-on creative experience with Ballydougan Pottery at the picturesque Bloomvale House in Craigavon. Learn how to paint a pot, hand-build with clay or throw on the Potter’s Wheel with a range of classes to suit individual needs.
Enjoy some local entertainment in the Market Place Theatre on Valentine’s night with a ‘Night for Swinging Lovers’. The local band plays everything from Sinatra to the rhythm & blues sound of Jools Holland. Armagh boasts some unique places to stay – perfect for a romantic break including self-catering in the luxury 5* Gosford Castle set in 640 acres of forest park or the cosy Orchard House country guesthouse complete with hot tub!
Get active in the Sperrins!
If you & your loved one fancy something a bit more adventurous – then take a trip to the Sperrins – explore the rugged scenery & maybe try out some new activities. To enjoy the full beauty of the Sperrins – go on one of the many walking trails or hill walks, the perfect way to enjoy your romantic weekend.
Take a romantic picnic in one the many forest parks or explore the picturesque cycle trails at Blessingbourne estate. If you are seeking a bit more action then spend an afternoon at the Jungle NI for a tumble in the hills or a tree top adventure! Make the most of your weekend with a cosy break in the stunning Corrick House Hotel set in the scenic Clogher Valley.
That’s just a small taste of what’s on in Northern Ireland this Valentine’s. There’s some special offers to avail of as well so it’s the perfect time to start planning something to look forward to!