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The sweet unmistakeable scent of Irish whiskey floats through the air in Bushmills. Home to the world’s first legal distillery, you can’t go home without a sip, or two, or maybe three – plus a souvenir bottle – of this intoxicating Irish produce. After all that drinking, even a short drive to the Giant’s Causeway isn’t sensible, though a few minutes in the fresh salty air at this UNESCO World Heritage site might be the quickest ever antidote to too much whiskey.

Things to see

Despite being unheard of by many, Bushmills - and its Old Distillery - is one of Northern Ireland’s most visited towns - quite an accolade for such a small place. Whisper Giant’s Causeway and everybody will know where you mean. This unmistakeable coastal rock formation is cloaked in mysticism; locals will tell you tales of the giant who made the Causeway as a path to Scotland, supposedly either to woo the lady he loved, or to fight another Scottish giant. The 37,000 basalt columns that form the Causeway jut out in such unusual – and yet regular – shapes and formations, it almost looks like a man-made model of a skyscraper-filled city. Before you go, take a quick detour to Dunluce Castle, whose vast remains – perched on the edge of the dramatic Antrim coast – might not live up to the Causeway’s natural beauty, but have a mystical lofty splendour of their own.

Hotels in Bushmills

Despite being so close to the Causeway – Northern Ireland’s most popular tourist destination – Bushmills hotels are a little limited. Most of these tend to offer upmarket 3 and 4-star accommodation, sometimes with an upscale on-site restaurant. For those who fancy a taste of warm Northern Irish hospitality, a local guesthouse or B&B provides stacks of charm for a much lower price tag. Many tend to have large bedrooms, as many of the buildings were built from the 1970s onwards. A few self-catering cottages are also available in the area, and are a good-value alternative to Bushmills’ hotels.

Where to stay

If you're in town to see the Giant’s Causeway, choosing a hotel in Bushmills will make an ideal base and allow you easy access to the jaw-dropping site. As accommodation is limited in the area, you may prefer to stay in other neighbouring areas such as Portrush or Portstewart, both of which are located by the ocean, or you could choose to stay in big and bustling Belfast, an hour away, and take a day trip to Bushmills.

How to get to Bushmills

The nearest airport is Belfast, just over an hour’s drive away. You can catch a train from Belfast to Portrush or Coleraine – both approximately 10 miles from Bushmills – and from there a local bus service runs to the town. This can be quite a slow journey with lots of changes, so many visitors choose to travel by car. Car hire is available in Belfast and other major towns. If planning a trip to the Causeway, the highly atmospheric – and fun – steam-powered Giant’s Causeway & Bushmills Railway is a great alternative to driving, especially if travelling with little ones.

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