The wild coastal scenery of Northern Ireland, Neolithic monuments, timeless fishing villages, tranquil forests and sandy beaches of Country Antrim are an absolute delight to explore. County Antrim tourism too often revolves around the admittedly astonishing Giant’s Causeway, and although it should be on every sightseeing tour from County Antrim cottages, there is just so much to explore, even before you start to head into neighbouring County Down or County Antrim
Time seems to have stood still for centuries in the Antrim countryside. The landscape is still wonderfully traditional and unspoilt, offering astonishingly beautiful rural regions for exploring. Walking, cycling and horse riding holidays in County Antrim are hugely popular, allowing you to really explore, and providing the perfect excuse for regular refreshment breaks in some of County Antrim’s pubs. There are also a vast range of golf courses in County Antrim, from the windswept links courses of the coast to the beautifully landscaped park courses. Wherever you take a County Antrim cottage, you will not be far from the first tee.
The coast and rivers of County Antrim are a great asset for Antrim tourism. The beaches, although windswept in autumn and winter, are glorious during the summer months, and the reliable winds make the coastline a particular favourite for sailing, wind surfing and kite surfing. The staggeringly dramatic coastline is one of the most memorable stretches of coastline to canoe along anywhere, and the fishing is outstanding, both in the sea and on the many rivers that carve the Antrim landscape.
There are a great range of individual attractions to explore from County Antrim houses to rent, the most famous of which is the awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway. The sublime combination of staggering natural landscapes and engrossing folklore mean that no visitor to the Giant’s Causeway returns to their Antrim accommodation without a renewed love for the country. The Bushmills Distillery is also a great place to tour, especially for those with a penchant for Irish whiskey. There are also a great range of theme parks, theatres, museums, stately homes, pre-historic monuments, cathedrals, ancient castles and even a zoo to visit from any of the County Antrim cottages available. The castles of Dunluce and Carrickfergus are particularly worth exploration.
Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, is a city of amazing vibrancy and a long history. The city is a gateway to rural County Antrim, but the city is truly engrossing, and once you settle into County Antrim accommodation in Northern Ireland’s capital, leaving again is always a battle against yourself! The whole city is awash with bars, restaurants and clubs, partially to entertain the cities two universities, and there is always something going on. With traditional music as common as dance music in Belfast’s nightspots, there really is something for everyone here. The Ulster Museum is a great place to start your exploration of the city, and the famous Belfast murals make for poignant viewing.
County Antrim cottages are very easy to reach, as Belfast International Airport (BFS) receives direct flights from London, Birmingham (BHX), Cardiff (CWL), East Midlands (EMA), Manchester (MAN), Bristol (BRS), Edinburgh (EDI), Newcastle(NEW), Leeds/Bradford (LBA) and Jersey (JER). There are also ferry ports in Belfast and Larne, should you wish to take your own car when staying in a County Antrim cottage.