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4 Days Luxury Culinary Holiday in Causeway Coast

  • Newforge House, County Armagh - The Bushmills Inn, Bushmills - Culloden Estate and Spa - Belfast

Ireland Food Tours

Indulge your senses with gourmet fine-dining, exclusive stays in authentic country homes, and the beauty of the Giant’s Causeway’s North Coast. Enjoy traditional local food pulled from the earth, fished from the sea, reared on the lush fields, and then cooked with the finesse and skill of some of the finest award-winning chefs. From champagne to long soaks in elegant tubs and whiskey tastings, this is an intensely luxurious weekend of food and drink experiences.

Highlights

  • Eight leaf gin tasting
  • Tasting of baked goods
  • Tour of a local artisan bakery
  • Dinner menu matched with local craft beers
  • Enjoy fine dining experiences
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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Culloden Estate and Spa

Standing high on the slopes of the Holywood Hills, overlooking Belfast Lough and the County Antrim Coastline, is the magnificent Culloden Estate and Spa, the most prestigious luxury five star hotel in Northern Ireland.

Originally built as an official palace for the Bishops of Down, the Culloden stands in 12 acres of beautiful secluded gardens and woodland. Palatial surroundings, fine antiques, and the highest levels of personal service combine to give the Culloden a unique air of elegance.

Bright, spacious, and individually decorated, each of the 105 bedrooms and suites in the Culloden Estate and Spa are comfortable and inviting. The rooms are furnished with King Koil beds, and luxurious bed-linens to ensure a good night’s sleep. After a restful night, guests can wake up to wonderful views over the hotel gardens and down towards Belfast Lough.

Newforge House

A historic family-run country house, Newforge House offers warm hospitality, luxurious rooms, and delicious local seasonal food in tranquil surroundings. Set on the edge of the small village of Magheralin, Newforge is an oasis of calm and the perfect location for your romantic break or a special occasion with friends and family.

The central location, only a 30-minute drive from Belfast, makes Newforge an ideal base for touring Northern Ireland.The six individually furnished en-suite bedrooms blend antiques with contemporary comforts and offer views of the gardens and surrounding countryside.

Excellent beds, with a choice of pillows, artisan leaf tea, ground coffee, homemade treats, and luxurious bathrooms await you. Newforge has been handed down through six generations and each of the bedrooms bear the matriarchal name of each generation who has lived in the house.

The Bushmills Inn

One of Ireland’s most well known, luxurious four-star hotels, The Bushmills Inn is situated in an enviable location, only a stone’s throw from a host of visitor attractions, such as the Royal Portrush Golf Club, Old Bushmills Distillery, The Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and Dunluce Castle.

The oak-beamed loft with its fireplace snug is the gateway to the Mill House on the banks of the River Bush. Here, these spacious and creatively designed guest rooms, discretely accommodating modern technology, all have their own sitting room area, small dressing room and, of course, private bathrooms.

Day 1

  • Arrive at one Good Food Ireland's favorite country homes, Newforge House, to home baked sweet treats, fresh tea, coffee, and a warm welcome.
  • You will be treated as one of their own, as you are shown to your room in the folds of this beautiful home.
  • Before dinner, enjoy an eight-leaf gin tasting that will whet your appetite for a seasonal gourmet dinner.
  • Newforge House will offer a fine dining experience that is steeped in local food and committed to seasonality.
  • Later, retire for a deeply peaceful sleep at Newforge House.

Day 2

  • Wake to a breakfast at Newforge House, before indulging your sweet tooth at a tasting session and tour of a local artisan bakery.
  • Then, enjoy a glass of bubbly and have dinner at the award winning Bushmills Inn.
  • Enjoy foods sourced locally and given a contemporary twist, all prepared by an artful chef’s culinary skills.
  • Spend the night in the comforting folds of one of Bushmills Inn's delightful bedrooms.

Day 3

  • Breakfast will be waiting for you at Bushmills Inn. A hearty presentation of local produce, sizzling bacon, sausages, and fresh eggs, or perhaps a warming bowl of porridge, some fruit, or something sweeter will take your fancy.
  • Stand on the Giant’s Causeway and survey the ocean before you and the history beneath you.
  • Make your way to Culloden Estate and Spa, an exquisite home that sets the standard for fine-dining and extraordinary accommodation at its beautiful estate.
  • After dinner, sip one last indulgent bit of wine, before enjoying a night’s sleep in a bed fit for kings and queens.

Day 4

  • Wake to another full and indulgent breakfast that will showcase again the delicious local produce readily available to this fine estate.
  • Roam the estate before packing your bags full of memories of the flavors you have tasted on your journey.

This holiday will take place in Giant's Causeway, Ireland.

There is no better way of understanding a culture than by eating its food. Eat your way around the island of Ireland as you get exclusive access to the people behind the best Irish food and hear their fascinating stories.

Good Food Ireland is a trusted quality guarantee for premium authentic local food experiences. It is a family of members, all sharing a passionate philosophy and commitment to using local, Irish, seasonal produce. They journey up and down the country, independently inspecting all their members to ensure they meet Good Food Ireland's promise to you.

They offer uniquely connected experiences and unparalleled access, with a wealth of knowledge like no one else. With ten years of showcasing and defining Ireland’s food scene, Good Food Ireland has a proven track record and expertise. Their authentic cultural food travel experiences are designed to immerse you in the farm to fork life that inspires them every day. Let them share their secrets with you.

During this holiday, you will enjoy an eight-leaf gin tasting and a seasonal, three-course gourmet dinner paired with local craft beers on the first day. On the second day, indulge in a delicious breakfast, taste baked goods at an artisan bakery, enjoy a glass of bubbly and dinner prepared with ingredients sourced locally and given a contemporary twist by an artful chef.

A hearty presentation of local produce, sizzling bacon, sausages, and fresh eggs, or perhaps a warming bowl of porridge, some fruit, or something sweeter will take your fancy for breakfast on the third day. A fine dining experience and an indulgent bit of wine will also be served this day.

On the final day, wake to another full and indulgent breakfast that will showcase again the delicious local produce. Please bring your special dietary requirements up with Good Food Ireland when you discuss the details of your booking; they will make sure the message is forwarded onto the relevant restaurants.

  • Belfast sightseeing tour
  • Book a Belfast food tour
  • Book a spa treatment
  • Cycle the North Antrim Coast
  • Discover the blue flag beaches nearby
  • Enjoy horseback riding
  • Explore Glens of Antrim
  • Explore Rathlin Island
  • Explore the coastal drive
  • Explore the Coleraine Town center
  • Go cycling
  • Go skiing
  • Have a picninc lunch at Whiterocks beach
  • Join water sports
  • Play golf
  • Relax in the surroundings
  • Rent a Segway
  • Stroll through the North Down Coastal Path
  • Take a tour of the the Old Bushmill's distillery
  • Take the Game of Thrones tour
  • Visit Carnfunnock Country Park
  • Visit Carrickfergus Castle
  • Visit Hezlett House
  • Visit the Ballymoney Museum and Gardens
  • Visit the Mussenden Temple
  • Visit the Ulster Museum
  • Visit Titanic Belfast
  • Walk the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge

The spa at the five-star Culloden Estate and Spa, is Northern Ireland’s premier sanctuary for both body and mind. Here, you will find an oasis of tranquillity where the ancient rituals of many cultures are fused with modern holistic remedies.

This luxurious spa, which offers the ESPA range of products and therapies, has eight treatment suites, two pre and post treatment relaxation rooms, zest juice bar, lounge area, and access to all the other facilities of the health club.

Aromatic and pure essential oils work in harmony with powerful plant extracts and deeply nourishing marine elements to create a collection of treatments and products that are both calming and luxurious.

With luxurious treatment suites, relaxation rooms, a swimming pool, a range of heat experiences, and an extensive selection of therapies on offer available at an additional cost, the Spa at Culloden offers the perfect haven to enjoy some time out and pampering in.

  • 1 eight-leaf gin tasting at Newforge House
  • 1 glass of bubbly and chocolate dipped strawberries
  • 1 gourmet fine dining experience in Mitre Restaurant
  • 1 gourmet three-course dinner menu matched with local craft beers
  • 1 private talk and tasting of baked goods at an artisan bakery
  • 1 three-course dinner at The Bushmills Inn
  • 3 nights accommodation Pillow gift in Culloden Hotel
  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare

Driving directions from Armagh:

  • Take A3 for Craigavon / Belfast.
  • Continue for approximately 20 miles along the A3, passing through Craigavon, Lurgan, and Dollingstown.
  • In the village of Magheralin, turn right at Byrne's pub onto Newforge Road (B9).
  • Continue approximately 0.8 kilometers along Newforge Road.
  • Newforge House is on the first left after the national speed limit sign.

Driving directions from Belfast

  • Take M1 West, following the signs for Craigavon, until exit 9 for Moira / Lurgan (A3).
  • Continue for approximately five kilometers.
  • Once in the village of Magheralin, take the first main left, with Byrne’s Pub on the corner, onto Newforge Road.
  • Continue through the village for approximately 0.8 kilometers until the national speed limit sign.
  • Newforge House is 10 meters ahead, on the left.

Driving directions from Belfast International Airport (BFS)

  • Turn right out of airport onto A57.
  • After two kilometers take the third exit at the roundabout onto A26.
  • Continue along A26 for around 23 kilometers following the signs for Moira.
  • At the roundabout, take the third exit onto A3 and pass through Moira until you come to the village of Magheralin.
  • Take the first main left, with Byrne’s Pub on the corner, onto Newforge Road.
  • Continue through the village for approximately 0.8 kilometers until the national speed limit sign.
  • Newforge House is 10 meters ahead, on the left.

Driving directions from Newry

  • Take A1 north towards Belfast.
  • After approximately 30 kilometers, turn left at Dromore onto the B2 (Lurgan Road).
  • After eight kilometers, turn right onto Newforge Road B9.
  • Continue for approximately one kilometer over hump back bridge.
  • Newforge House is on the right after 200 meters.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Belfast International Airport (BFS).

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.