Trip to Northern Ireland

Ready for a fantastic trip to Belfast, we were collected in Dublin by coach. There were nine of us on the tip – all winners of a Gold Leadership Distinction Award.

We travelled to Belfast where we did a Segway Titanic Tour which was really good fun. It was very interesting to see the Titanic quarter, the dry dock and the pump house. The Titanic got it hard to stay afloat and we got it hard to stay upright!

We then checked into the beautiful Radisson Blu Hotel in the Gasworks area of the city which is quite close to the Titanic Belfast and the Victoria Square area. We were treated to a fantastic dinner at Restaurant Coppi in St. Anne’s Square. It was a really nice restaurant and the food was great.

We capped off the night with a drink or two at the Duke of York which had a really warm, friendly atmosphere. The Saturday morning we met our tour guide Sam Turtle, unfortunately we couldn’t do the sea tours due to the inclement weather. Instead we did a tour of Bushmills’ Distillery.

After this we took some of the coast road towards Portrush where we had lunch at a restaurant called 55 Degrees North which had a really nice family feel with fantastic views of the bay and sea. After this we continued on the coast road to the Giant’s Causeway.

On arrival at the Giant’s Causeway we met our tour guide who kept us in great form despite the heavy rain. Afterwards we retreated to the Roe Park Resort Limavady where we lapped up the luxury in the beautiful resort and dined their coach house brasserie. On Sunday we travelled to the Carrick a Rede rope bridge where the sun shone brightly and we could see as far as Scotland with breath-taking views.

Then we departed towards home and stopped at Harry’s restaurant in Cushendall where we finally departed from home in the capable hands of our bus driver Bill Smith.

It was a fantastic trip and great fun within the group. Thank you Northern Ireland Tourist Board!

-          Kieran McEvoy, Gold Leadership Distinction Award winner and trip leader