Bushmills

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Giant\'s Causeway showing general coastal views, heritage elements and rugged coastline

For the quintessential Northern Irish experience, the small village of Bushmills in County Antrim won’t disappoint.

Situated 60 miles north of Belfast, just inland on the northern coast of Ireland, Bushmills promises the best of country and sea. You’ll also find the residents in this quaint little village are as warm and welcoming as they come.

Perhaps best known as home to the world-famous Bushmills Whiskey, take a tour and sample some of the local nectar at the Old Bushmills Distillery. Otherwise, rent a bike and cycle along the breathtaking coastline to Dunluce Castle, or hop on the railway to the Giant’s Causeway.

Bushmills is probably most well known for its distillery, which produces some of the best Irish blends and malt whiskeys in the world, and has been doing so for over 400 years. Take a guided tour of the premises and get the insider’s lowdown on how it’s all done. Learn about the ingredients involved and get up close and personal with some of the whiskey stills themselves. If you’re lucky, you might even get to try a free sample!

Perhaps the most famous landmark in Ireland, no trip to Bushmills would be complete with a visit to the monumental Giant’s Causeway, just along the coast. You’ll be amazed at the sheer size of this natural feature, and its curious geological formation. In fact, it is so geometrically consistent that it’s hard to believe this natural structure isn’t really manmade. The Giant’s Causeway makes a delightful trip for kids and adults alike.

While there’s certainly no shortage of medieval castles in Ireland, Dunluce Castle is a particular treat. Teetering on the edge of Ireland’s northernmost cliffs, it looks almost as if this gravity-defying structure is emerging from the very rock on which it perches. If you’ve ever seen Game of Thrones, you might have even seen it yourself, as Dunluce Castle has been used as a filming location in this hit television show.

Keen golfers out there might want to enjoy the scenery from Bushfoot Golf Club in the nearby seaside village of Portballintrae. The club accepts non-members, meaning that it’s perfect either for experts or tentative novices who simply want to head out on the fairways to see how they get on. The dramatic views over the coast and country alone make it worth the visit and the bar and restaurant here are top-class.

The most unique perspective of the Northern Irish coast is from out on the Atlantic waves. There has been a recent boom in paddle boarding in Northern Ireland and the north coast is a primary spot to try it. Enjoy the Giant’s Causeway from a new point of view by getting out on the water. You’ll be under careful tuition from an instructor who will put even the most nervous novice at ease.

With so much on offer in the bijou but bustling Bushmills, search online and book your trip today with Expedia.

Causeway Hotel
Causeway Hotel
3 out of 5
40 Causeway Road, Giants Causeway, Bushmills, Northern Ireland
The price is £114 per night from 14 Oct to 14 Oct
Situated in Bushmills, this beach hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Runkerry Beach and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Old Bushmills Distillery. Giant's Causeway and Causeway ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (325 reviews)
"We liked the location and the fact that the property had a history. The room was comfortable with views from both windows"

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2021

Causeway Hotel
The Bushmills Inn
The Bushmills Inn
4 out of 5
9 Dunluce Road, Bushmills, Northern Ireland
The price is £152 per night from 17 Oct to 17 Oct
Situated on the riverwalk, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Causeway Coast and Old Bushmills Distillery. Portballintrae Beach and Runkerry Beach are also ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (161 reviews)
"This was the best hotel on our 15 day Ireland trip. Was a suite with walk-in closet. Book your reservation for dinning early, as it is highly rated and fills up before you arrive. It is an easy walk to the train stop, that goes close to the visitor center. There is a small parking lot at the train ..."

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2021

The Bushmills Inn
Rest A While
Rest A While
3 out of 5
90 Casltenagree Road, Bushmills, Northern Ireland
Situated in Bushmills, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mile (2 km) of Old Bushmills Distillery and Causeway Coast. Portballintrae Beach and Runkerry Beach are ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (77 reviews)
Superb, wish I'd booked more days here.
"Superbly appointed room presented to an excellent level of cleanliness and comfort. Covid 19 precautions are at a standard to give complete assurance of hygienic safety. Gail and Ross are the ideal hosts, good knowledge of local and more widely available sight seeing/places worth visiting. The room ..."

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2020

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Pyjama Factory Self Catering Accommodation
Pyjama Factory Self Catering Accommodation
3 out of 5
49-55 Woodvale Park, Bushmills, Northern Ireland
The price is £250 per night from 28 Sep to 28 Sep
Situated in Bushmills, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Causeway Coast and Old Bushmills Distillery. Portballintrae Beach and Runkerry Beach ...
4.3/5Excellent! (27 reviews)
Great place to Stay
"Great location, Great accommodation and owner could not have been more helpful."

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2020

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Coastal View
Coastal View
3 out of 5
6, Seaport Apartments, Portballintrae, Bushmills, Northern Ireland
Situated in Bushmills, this beach apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Portballintrae Beach and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Old Bushmills Distillery. Runkerry ...
2/5 (1 review)
Never again!!
"Robin emailed me instructions how to get into unit as we were arriving late, which was great, however when I needed to get some info about the unit while we were there, there was no reply at the phone number I was given & NO response to emails at all!! Ridiculous service..."

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2019

Coastal View
Aurora North Coast
Aurora North Coast
5 out of 5
14-16 Castlenagree Road, Bushmills, Northern Ireland
Situated in Bushmills, this cabin is within 3 miles (5 km) of Causeway Coast, Giant's Causeway and Old Bushmills Distillery. Runkerry Beach is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) ...
Aurora North Coast
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