Walk, Wine and Dine in Northern Ireland

January 18, 2017

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Sarah

Enjoy the natural beauty and authentic taste of Northern Ireland on these walk trails featuring some of Northern Ireland’s most fabulous eateries.

Walk, Wine and Dine along the Causeway Coastal Route

Portballintrae Loop & Bayview Hotel Walks in Northern Ireland On the 5.5 mile circular walk from the seaside village of Portballintrae to the famous Giant’s Causeway, you’ll take in beach and cliff views. As you stroll along this famous coastline, the fresh sea air will certainly help you work up an appetite!

With far-reaching views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the Porthole Bar & Restaurant at the 3* Bayview Hotel, Portballintrae will give you a feel for the old with a taste for the new. Relax by the open peat fire with a local pint or speciality coffee.

Portstewart Strand & Harry’s Shack 

Places to eat Northern Ireland

Take a stroll along the stunning Portstewart Strand, an Area of Special Scientific Interest known locally as ‘The Strand’, it features some of Ireland’s tallest dunes as well as offering a superb location to wine and dine in Northern Ireland.

Harry's Shack North Coast

Right on the beach you’ll find, Harry’s Shack. As the name suggests, it’s a quirky beach shack with fairground lights slung from the ceiling, wood burning stove and wide windows so you don’t miss out on ‘that view’.

Causeway Coast Way (Dunluce Castle to Portrush) & Ramore Wine Bar 

Dunluce Castle Causeway Coast

A 4.5 mile section of the 33 mile Causeway Coast Way, start at Dunluce Castle, one of Ireland’s most spectacular medieval castles. Explore the grounds before walking beside the fantastic coastal views to reach the striking limestone cliffs of the White Rocks and onto East Strand, Portrush and onwards to Ramore Head viewpoint.

Ramore Portrush

In Portrush and located just at the harbour is the Ramore Restaurant Complex - a vibrant waterfront spot with a relaxed vibe serving a cosmopolitan choice of dishes, extensive gin menu and epic desserts!

Walk, Wine and Dine in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains

Dundrum Coastal Path & Mourne Seafood Bar Mourne Mountain walks

Just 4 miles from the seaside town of Newcastle, the linear Dundrum Coastal Path runs along a 1.6 mile stretch of disused railway offering exceptional vistas of Dundrum Bay and views of the Mourne Mountains. Look out for the medieval ruin of Dundrum Castle on the nearby hill.

With 55% of Northern Ireland’s fishing fleet located in nearby Kilkeel harbour, and a rich heritage of fishing in the area, the Mourne Seafood Bar serves up some of the best culinary seafood our waters have to offer.

Murlough National Nature Reserve & Percy French  Restaurants in Co Down

A fragile 6000 year old sand dune system, Murlough Nature Reserve is a fantastic 2.5 mile walk with stunning views of the Mourne Mountains and Dundrum Castle. From the dunes head onto the beach where you can walk the whole way into the town of Newcastle, or hop in the car and you’ll be at Percy French in just minutes.

Named after the Irish musician who penned the song ‘The Mountains of Mourne‘ and fittingly situated at the foot of the mountains in the grounds of the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, the Percy French Inn will tempt all tastebuds. Warm up by the log fire and enjoy a drink and delicious meal with a view.

Walk, Wine and Dine in Belfast

Lagan Towpath & Cutters Bar & Restaurant

A tranquil riverside route, this continuous flat 11 mile off-road path links the two cities of Belfast and Lisburn. Starting from the Stranmillis area of Belfast, the walk follows the river and canal system through a variety of wetland, riverside meadows and mixed woodland. Choose to walk as much as or as little as you like!

Walking Routes Northern Ireland

Watch out for the many rowers making their way along the River Lagan from the comfort of the casual downstairs bar, heated river terrace or more formal upstairs restaurant at Cutters Wharf Bar and Restaurant, Belfast.

Walk, Wine and Dine in Derry~Londonderry 

Beech Hill & Ardmore Restaurant 

Just 2 miles from the bustling city of Derry~Londonderry, the 4* Beech Hill Country House Hotel features 3 miles of circular trails which twist their way through mixed woodland and landscaped gardens. A hub of history, it was used as a World War II camp by the US Marines who carved their names onto a tree still there today.

Enjoy a meal in the hotel’s Ardmore restaurant where they take pride in using only the finest and freshest of ingredients with vegetables and herbs grown in the walled garden. Alternatively relax and unwind with a drink in the bar before spending the night.

For more inspiration on walks in Northern Ireland, or to book your short break, visit discovernorthernireland.com

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