We're in Northern Ireland for just over a week in July this year, arriving on the 8th. Was planning to stay in Belfast city 8/9th July and have booked 3 nights at Slieve Donard 10 - 12th. We'll pick a car up on 10th and have that for the remainder of our trip.
The plan is to head up the Causeway coast from Newcastle, and spend the rest of our time up there, before flying home from Belfast city on 17th July.
So we'll have 4 nights free. Lots of questions!:
- would we need to pre-book our accom or will we be able to just drive around and find a decent B&B on spec? We're not looking for luxury accom for this part of the trip, but a good quality B&B with decent room, good shower and nice breakfast.
- should we find one base for the 4 nights (e.g. Ballycastle, Bushmills, Portstewart?) and drive to various places from there, or should we do 2 stops?
- We like walking (nothing too strenous), scenic drives, good food and just general sightseeing & finding nice places. Is there anywhere else that we will have time to visit beyond, say, Portstewart or on the way back to Belfast?
I know that heading down to Newcastle after Belfast might not have been the most logical way of doing the trip, but I wanted to take advantage of a good mid-week offer they're doing there and so we couldn't do it at the beginning or end of our trip.
Thanks in advance for any ideas - I've only ever visiting NI on business trips & we've promised ourselves a proper holiday there for years!