Northern Delights

The Royal Tees

From £999.00 per person sharing

5 nights accommodation, including breakfast service and tax, and 5 rounds of golf

To book, email vacation@adamsandbutler.com  or call 1-800-894 5712 / +353 1 288 9355

Graeme McDowell,  Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke... Northern Ireland is a natural home for golfers.  In the six counties you'll find around 100 golf courses, including half a dozen world class courses and a host of hidden gems.

 

Day 1

From Belfast airport it is only 30 minutes to Galgorm Manor, a luxury Hotel and Spa in a historic stately home overlooking a cascading river.  The golf course, just down the road, is one of the most haunted places in Ireland - watch out for the 17th Century necromancer whose treasure is said to be hidden somewhere around the course!  

 

 Day 2

To Royal Portrush.  Local resident Darren Clarke calls this the best links in the world, and he may well have a point. Graeme McDowell was born within a long drive of the course, and Rory McIlroy holds the low round record.   After playing here savor the city Of Derry in the afternoon.   Ancient and modern sights sit alongside one another in harmony here - you can be sipping a cappuccino in the middle of a 21st century shopping centre, and a few minutes later you can be standing beside a 1595 cannon on ancient ramparts looking over streets and buildings that have survived for centuries.  Start with a stroll along the famous Walls to view the historic cityscape.  In July you will be able to watch the ships in the Clipper Challenge Race - ten 68 foot yachts competing in the world's longest round-the-world sailing event.   Derry is also set to be the first ever UK City of Culture in 2013.   Return to Galgorm for the night.  

 

Day 3

Not quite as Royal, but just as lovely, Portstewart is Portrush's neighbour.    After a round here you might be in need of the restorative powers that the Bushmills Distillery offers it visitors,  (watching out for the romantic ruins of Dunluce castle on the way).    The Giant's Causeway , one of the wonders of the world, will fill the rest of the afternoon before returning to Galgorm for the night.   

 

Day 4

Set off for the coast of County Down, where beneath Slieve Donard's towering peak the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea, and the velvet greens of the  Royal County Down  punctuate the ribbons of fairways surrounded by purple heather and golden gorse that thread their way through impressive sand dunes.  This evening head to the shores of Belfast Lough to stay in the oldest coaching inn in Ireland , The Old Inn in Crawfordsburn.  

Day 5

A premier private members' club, Royal Belfast, dating from 1881, is the oldest golf course in Ireland .  After a round here spend the afternoon exploring the city of the Titanic and Narnia.  Belfast's other attractions include a National Trust Pub, Victorian botanic gardens, and a vibrant city centre. Overnight at The Old Inn.   

 

Day 6

Depart Belfast Airport .

 

Why not extend your stay ?

 

Day 6  

 

Tour to Enniskillen and play the Lough Erne Golf Resort.  This 5-star luxury hotel boasts 2 championship golf courses, a Thai spa, and an infinity pool.  Lough Erne's 400 acres of grounds including walking and jogging trails, fishing and a golf course designed by Nick Faldo. Professional golf tuition is available at The Faldo Academy, a state-of-the-art practice and tuition centre.  

 

 

Day 7

Tour by way of Yeats Country -  the stunning landscape that inspired the poet WB Yeats.  Play Rosses Point , a championship golf course set against the backdrop of the spectacular Dartry mountain range and the beauty of Sligo Bay . In summer you can see on approaching Rosses Point beach all the yachts dotted along the coast.  Carry on to Mount Falcon Castle for the night.  

 

Day 8

Isolated on the far north west peninsula of County Mayo, Carne Golf Links is as inaccessible as a place gets on such a small island such as Ireland. Yet once the extra 90 minute or so journey from Mount Falcon has been made the euphoric feeling of discovery is certain to dispel any reluctance or doubts about the journey.   From the moment of arrival, Belmullet exudes an air of speciality. The splendid scenery, the proximity to the ocean and the visual appeal of the links itself are all-pervading. And the last design by Eddie Hackett is surely his best.    After play carry on down the coast of Mayo , past the Ballycroy National Park , to the Georgian village of Newport and on to the museum of Country Life at Turlough Park .  Return to Mount Falcon via the Foxford Woolen Mills.  

 

Day 9

 

By way of Strokestown, with its historic house and gardens,  and Mullingar with its Jealous Wall, to Carton House,  a beautiful hotel that was once home to the Dukes of Leinster and is set on two stunning golf courses.  The Montgomerie Course is one of two championship courses at Carton House Golf Club, which is conveniently situated less than 15 miles from Dublin 's center. The layout weaves through a maze of cavernous bunkers that surround the large, undulating greens and narrow fairways. Colin Montgomerie, the course designer, paid homage to some of the greatest links courses in the world.   The O'Meara course is the older of the two courses by exactly one year. This is a true parkland course with many ancient specimen trees, the River Rye and several risk/reward holes to challenge your game.  Probably more playable for the average golfer, the O'Meara is nonetheless a superb golf course. It weaves its way beautifully over the rolling terrain amongst the huge trees. There are nearly as many bunkers as on the Montgomerie, though generally shallower and more amenable to playing to the pin. The bent grass greens are immaculate and well contoured.  Overnight here.  

 

 

 

Day 10 

Spend the day exploring Dublin , 20 minutes from the hotel, or relaxing at Carton.  Overnight as before  

 

Day 11

Depart Dublin .

From £999.00 per person sharing low season to £1100 per person sharing in July and August.

5 nights accommodation, including breakfast service and tax, and 5 rounds of golf 

 

To add the 5 night extension with accommodation, including breakfast service and tax, and 5 rounds of golf.

£740 per person sharing supplement

 

Driving -

A self drive compact stick shift car is from £85 per person sharing for the 5 days in Northern Ireland , or £230 for the 10 days, low season, to £110 per person sharing in the high season for the 5 days in Northern Ireland , or £330 for the 10 days.

 

To book, email vacation@adamsandbutler.com
 or call 1-800-894 5712 / +353 1 288 9355