Leisure Breaks outside Belfast
Carrickfergus is one of the oldest settlements in Northern Ireland, based around the Norman Castle which survives today, and St Nicolas' Norman Church, both completed in the 12th Century. Also ripe for exploration in the town are the Marina and Harbour, the Gasworks Museum, Andrew Jackson Cottage, and the remains of the Medieval Walls which once encircled the Town.
Much of the town can be explored on foot from the Hotel which is very centrally located. The Lough Shore Hotel (formerly known as the Clarion Hotel, Carrickfergus) is ideally situated for exploring Northern Ireland, the Causeway Coastal Route, Belfast City and indeed Carrickfergus town itself.
Belfast City is now well known as a vibrant, cosmopolitan place to visit, with superb shopping, a very interesting history, and numerous excellent restaurants and bars.
Titanic Belfast is the world's largest Titanic visitor experience and a "must see" visit in any tour of Belfast and Northern Ireland. It is located in Titanic Quarter, right beside the historic site of this world famous ship's construction. Housed in an iconic 6-floor building, this state-of-the-art visitor experience tells the story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end.
The City can be reached by public transport from the hotel in under 20 minutes, or indeed a unique perspective on the rich maritime history of Belfast can be enjoyed by accessing the City by Boat Trip from Carrickfergus Marina. The Causeway Coastal Route is one of the most beautiful journeys in the world, the variety of stunning scenery enjoyed is truly breathtaking. The trip culminates at Northern Ireland's most famous attraction - the Giant's Causeway, a natural wonder which has been enjoyed by many visitors to this small country over the years.
Northern Ireland is a very manageable country to visit, with all of the interesting and important visitor sites being accessible from the Hotel within 2 hours drive, including the Walled City of Derry/Londonderry, Marble Arch Caves, National Trust sites and more.
A sample itinerary has been designed to help plan your stay with us, however should you wish to stay for a longer time or seek any further advice about particular areas of interest, please do not hesitate to contact us.
- Day 1: Check-in, stroll by the Marina and water's edge. Enjoy the welcome.
- Day 2: Explore Carrickfergus, the Castle and Museum
- Day 3: Hit the open road; Drive the Causeway Coastal Route, visit the Giant's Causeway
- Day 4: Explore our Capital City, Belfast. 15 minute drive from the hotel
- Day 5: Full day car excursion – Walled City of Derry/Londonderry
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