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Suggestions for a 3-day trip near Belfast?

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Suggestions for a 3-day trip near Belfast?

(I've also posted this in the Dublin County forum.)

I'm flying into Dublin a few nights prior to a work week in Belfast. I'd love to find somewhere interesting to spend three nights (June 23-26). I would consider renting a car, but it would be ideal to find a place accessible via bus or rail.

I'm a woman in my 30s, traveling alone. I've been up to Giant's Causeway (staying at the Bayview Hotel in Port Ballintrae).

Thoughts for an interesting relaxing place to lay my head?

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1. Re: Suggestions for a 3-day trip near Belfast?

what about the Slieve Donard resort in Newcastle...you've got the sea front and the Mourne mountains...not sure about rail access but Goldline coaches go there from Belfast

hastingshotels.com/slieve-donard-resort-and-…

http://www.translink.co.uk/

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2. Re: Suggestions for a 3-day trip near Belfast?

My first reaction was to go for the Slieve Donard also which would be perfect for R&R and also hiking.

But to give you another option - consider Enniskillen and the Lakelands area as you can travel there by bus from Dublin airport (although the bus isn't as frequent as to Belfast) without having to go through Belfast. Things to see in the area include Lough Erne and the likes of Devenish Island, Marble Arch caves, Belleek Pottery.

Although it is a bit more out of the way, it has reasonable connections to Belfast and Dublin and there is quite a good variety of things to do in the area.

buseireann.ie/pdf/…

http://www.fermanaghlakelands.com/

discovernorthernireland.com/destinationNI/co…

You could then get the goldliner bus to return to Belfast

translink.co.uk/Timetables/…

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3. Re: Suggestions for a 3-day trip near Belfast?

Thanks for the recommendations! I looked into the resort in Newcastle and sadly it's booked for that weekend! Looks like a great little town.

I'll take a look into the Lakelands area. I love the idea of not having to rent a car.

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4. Re: Suggestions for a 3-day trip near Belfast?

That's a shame about Newcastle - that was my first instinct too. However the Enniskillen area is a great alternative. You could check out the Killyhevlin Hotel, which apparently has a great spa and wonderful views:

http://www.killyhevlin.com/

Or alternatives could be the Westville Hotel, the Belmore Court or the Lough Erne resort, which all seem to get good reviews:

http://www.westvillehotel.co.uk/

http://www.motel.co.uk/

http://www.lougherneresort.com/

I'm not sure if there are bus stops at these hotels but you could easily get to Enniskillen and then get a taxi (should be fairly cheap as they're all close by).

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5. Re: Suggestions for a 3-day trip near Belfast?

Did you check other hotels in Newcastle. The Burrendale is very nice - a bit further out of the town but still within walking distance or a short taxi ride. There's also plenty of B&Bs for a cheaper option.

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6. Re: Suggestions for a 3-day trip near Belfast?

Im going to take a risk and say that to a tourist- Newcastle does not offer anything more then Bangor. Seaside town- nice walks- nice atmosphere- good hotels- plenty to do, plus with the added benefit of being close to Belfast.

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7. Re: Suggestions for a 3-day trip near Belfast?

I'm embarrassed to report that I just ended up booking those nights in Belfast. I figured that because the rest of my time in Belfast will be working, that it might be nice to have some time to explore the city. Perhaps I can take a day trip to the shore? Thank you for the advice, though. I think next time I come I'll rent a car to have a bit more freedom.

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8. Re: Suggestions for a 3-day trip near Belfast?

Easy enough to go to Bangor for a few hours. Buses leave from Laganside and only takes about 30/40 minutes. Walk down to the Marina and take the Coastal path for a nice walk. I would make sure the weather forecast is good before I go though.

There's plenty of restaurants, cafes and bars in Bangor too.

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10. Re: Suggestions for a 3-day trip near Belfast?

Staying in Belfast isn't any bad thing - it's pretty easy to get to anywhere else in Northern Ireland from here anyway, so you don't have to miss out on anything.

Also I agree with Drumlough - Newcastle has much more to offer than Bangor, in scenery alone. And also, it's completely possible to have a day trip there. There are organised tours (e.g. http://www.travelirelandcoachtours.com/tours/kingdom.html) but you can also go it alone on the Number 20 Ulsterbus from the Europa Bus Centre - takes about 1hr 20mins and Newcastle is the last stop so there are no worries about getting off in the wrong place or anything.

Whatever you decide to do, I hope you enjoy your trip!