From boats to banks and even lighthouses, Northern Ireland has some really unique places to stay for visitors, all waiting to be explored. Whether you’re looking for an authentic outdoor experience or fancy a bit of old school luxury – you’ll find plenty of inspiration here.
Cruising on the Lough Erne
How about island hopping on the Lough Erne?
Visitor’s to the Fermanagh Lakelands can hire out a luxury cruiser to take out on the lake and not only are the cruisers easy to manage but they are also very comfortable to stay in and is a great option for group holidays or a romantic break together.
There’s so much to explore on Lough Erne – and the only way to get the full experience is by boat! Visitor’s can make their own route and stop off at the many mooring points and towns to grab a bite to eat or enjoy some local entertainment for the night.
If you are looking for an alternative sleepover experience for your children (or even yourself), a ‘back to basics’ weekend or simply a retreat away from the daily grind then Tepee Valley Campsite is just for you. Located outside the small town of Markethill, Tepee Valley offers exceptional views over farming countryside, down to the Cusher River and across to Slieve Gullion in the distance.
Here, you will experience peace and quiet within a choice of either a traditional Native American Tepee, a choice of two yurts, a log cabin, dome or inside a perfectly furnished gypsy caravan – The Rosie Lee.
Enjoy the luxury of home, combined with some real stand-out experiences –stories and tasty soda bread around the camp fire.
Relaxing retreat at Whitehill Cottage
Nestled within the stunning grounds of Colebrooke House, a beautiful historical neo-classical mansion located outside of Brookeborough in the Fermanagh Lakelands you will find the charming Whitehill Cottage.
Beautifully restored, the cottage offers luxurious modern facilities without compromising the period features of an original Irish cottage.
Enjoy a relaxing retreat hidden away in the grounds whilst enjoying some fishing, cycling and tennis all available within the grounds.
Glamping in The Jungle
Ever fancied staying in a Jungle? Head down to the Jungle NI in Magherafelt and you can stay in one of their Jungle huts without having to worry about poisonous snakes or deadly spiders! Set in the heart of their tranquil forest these purpose built huts sleep up to 8 people and are double-glazed, secure and lockable, so you are guaranteed to be cosy and warm whatever the weather.
If you really want to glamp it up after a day of outdoor activities then you can even relax and unwind in their outdoor hot tubs!
Find out more about Glamping in Northern Ireland click here.
Unwind in a Fairytale Tower
Perched above the rolling hills of County Down, Helen’s Tower is an enchanting three storey, stone tower nestled deep in the words of the Clandeboyne Estate.
Offering guests panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, even as far as Scotland, Helen’s Tower is the ideal spot for the couple who are looking to unwind on the perfect romantic getaway.
Fit for a King
Did you know you could stay in a Castle in Northern Ireland – in fact Fermanagh is home to 2 magnificent castles where visitors can stay over. Belle Isle Castle & Estate offer a perfect country escape, the 17th-century castle, once home to generations of nobles offers 8 luxurious guest bedrooms which are uniquely decorated with antique furniture.
The Castle itself boasts dramatic colours which offset fine English and Irish antique furnishings, rattan furniture from the spice island of Cebu, and works by Russian, Irish, and English painters. The ambience is comfortable and welcoming, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of a charming sunken garden. Belle Isle is also home to the famous cooking school – an ideal activity to enjoy on your break in Fermanagh.
Crom Castle also situated along Lough Erne has become very popular since BBC Comedy Blandings was filmed entirely in the Castle and surrounding grounds starring Jennifer Saunders and Timothy Spall and now you can fully experience the magic of this sublimely beautiful place by staying in the West Wing of Crom Castle itself. The West Wing is available to rent all year round on a weekly or long weekend basis for groups of up to 12 people.
Explore Northern Ireland with its truly magnificent scenery, travelling along our endless country and coastal roads and receive the warmest of welcomes in one of our self-drive, retro, VW Campervans…The campers are fully equipped with everything needed to camp in comfort, making your adventure unforgettable. If you are looking for a holiday or short break with a difference, simply RentaDonkey!
Black Head Light Keepers’ House
Once the guardian of Belfast‘s glory days of shipping, Blackhead guided many great ships on their journey, none more than the famous Titanic. Perched on the edge of a cliff, Blackhead offers a wild, windswept retreat with a difference. Guests will adore this setting on the magical Antrim Coast.
Fully restored to their former glory the houses boast bright rooms with antique furniture and lighthouse paraphernalia. Blackhead offers its guests the opportunity to relax by enveloping them in its charm and magic, watching the sun rise over the Irish sea or experiencing the elements at the height of a storm.
The Barbican, Glenarm
Looking for the perfect romantic setting? Why not escape to The Barbican, positioned beyond an old stone bridge over the Glenarm River, is a charming building with gothic windows and a stone turret staircase.
Built in 1825 from local basalt, this medieval miniature castle is a perfect romantic hideaway in one of Ulster’s oldest villages. The property even boasts it’s own roof garden!
The Merchant Belfast
Craving some luxury? Why not take a break in the 5* Merchant Hotel situated in the heart of Belfast city centre’s historic Cathedral Quarter, the grandeur of the original Grade A listed building is complemented by an elegant Art Deco inspired wing with a multitude of exciting amenities.
These include a stunning luxury spa, a rooftop gymnasium with panoramic city views, a dedicated meeting and events suite and a fabulous jazz bar.
The building was built in the mid-nineteenth century as the headquarters of the Ulster Bank and was transformed into the luxurious boutique hotel in 2006 and the hotel is also famed for serving the world’s most expensive cocktail at £750!
Built in the 12th century by Norman knight, John de Courcy , Killyleagh Castle is the oldest habited castle in Ireland today, with also contains two self-catering apartments within the castle’s towers with the roofs of the towers offering guests a patio and view over the grounds. Guests can also avail of the swimming pool and tennis courts within the grounds with prior arrangement. This is great accommodation castle and offers guests a unique holiday experience.
That’s just a small taster of some of our more unqiue places to stay in Northern Ireland. You can find lots more inspiration here and with short breaks starting from just £49 per room – you can explore Northern Ireland for less: discovernorthernireland.com/offers