Brilliant Belfast | Private Tours Ireland

 Brilliant Belfast - Private Tours Ireland

Belfast, Northern Ireland largest city is saturated in history, philosophy, art, music and literature and if that wasn’t enough it offers one of the best shopping and dining experiences in Ireland. This week we went on an exceptional tour of Northern Ireland to show you what it has to offer in terms of Luxury Hotels, Dining, Tourist attractions, Entertainment and so much more…

Belfast City - Luxury Tours Ireland

Belfast City – Luxury Tours Ireland
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Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland and is the 17th largest city in the United Kingdom. It is located in the county of Antrim but sections of Belfast are in County Down.  It’s Irish name “Bèal Feirste” means “Mouth of the sandbanks” and the River Lagan is its main river.

Titanic - Chauffeur Service Ireland

Titanic – Chauffeur Service Ireland
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In the early 20th century, Belfast was thrust on to the global platform when Harland & Wolff shipbuilders built the famous RMS Titanic. Belfast also played a key role in the Industrial Revolution as a global industrial hub.

Belfast Henge - Deluxe Chauffeur Drive Ireland

Belfast Henge – Deluxe Chauffeur Drive Ireland – Image curtsey of www.picture-ireland.com

A key historical feature in the city in a 5000 year old henge (Neolithic circular bank) which shows exemplary remains of Iron Age hill forts viewed on the nearby hills.

The Europa Hotel Belfast

The Europa Hotel - Ireland Driver Guides

The Europa Hotel – Ireland Driver Guides
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In the centre of the city, the exceptional Europa Hotel lies in close proximity to some of Belfast’s principle attractions.

Accommodation at The Europa Hotel Belfast

The 272 room luxury hotel lures guests with its stylish refined décor which is a mixture of contemporary chic and elegance.

Europa Hotel Belfast - Personal Driver Ireland

Europa Hotel Belfast – Personal Driver Ireland
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Accommodation at the Europa Hotel is truly magnificent. Each room proffers a cosy and alluring design, presenting an unparalleled fusion of sophistication and function.

The Europa Hotel Suites - Driver Guided Tours Ireland

The Europa Hotel Suites – Driver Guided Tours Ireland
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From the classic rooms to the presidential suites, every room extends guests superb accommodation with outstanding views of the Black Mountains, Great Victoria Street and The Grand Opera house.

Dining at The Europa Hotel Belfast

The Europa Hotel offers a massive selection of dining alternatives in which to unwind and treat yourself to outstanding customary and modern dishes.

The Piano Lounge

The delightful Piano Lounge combines a clearly charming style with a contemporary flare while individual design details reflect the Europa’s extended history.

The Piano Lounge - Executive Tours Ireland

The Piano Lounge – Executive Tours Ireland
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The menu offers some mouth-watering light snacks such as the Open Prawn Marie Rose Sandwich, Bang Bang Chicken Sandwich and Salt & Chilli Scampi.

Afternoon Tea - Deluxe Tours Ireland

Afternoon Tea – Deluxe Tours Ireland
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The highlight for me was the afternoon tea which I enjoyed all the more because of the beautiful surroundings. I savoured delicate pastries, scones and sandwiches served with tea and a glass of Champaign. The Piano Lounge is also a wonderful place to enjoy an evening cocktail.

The Causerie Restaurant

The Causerie - Luxury Tours Ireland

The Causerie – Luxury Tours Ireland – image thanks to www.hastingshotels.com

Alternatively, The Causerie Restaurant has relaxed wine bar atmosphere and offers sumptuous dishes such as Seafood Chowder to die for, Hannon’s 10oz Salt Aged Sirloin Steak or why not savour the Glenarm Organic Roast Salmon.

The Lobby Bar

The Lobby Bar - Luxury Samll Group Tours of Ireland

The Lobby Bar – Luxury Small Group Tours of Ireland – Image thanks to www.hastingshotels.com

The Lobby Bar is full of charm and character and presents an informal setting for dining. The bar-menu offers truly delicious dishes such as Walter Ewig’s Fish Pie and the renowned Irish Beef & Stout Pie.

Guest will be able to relish live music and on Saturday the celebrated Jazz session will be in full swing.

Key Tourist Attractions in Belfast

Belfast offers so many terrific key tourist attractions and we have whittled the list down to some of the more prominent ones.

Titanic Museum Belfast

The Titanic Museum - Luxury Tour Operator Ireland

The Titanic Museum – Luxury Tour Operator Ireland
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The Titanic Museum is where the zeal and pride of those who designed and built the famous ship is abundantly clear. The museum has nine interactive galleries that include special effects, rides and reconstructions of the Titanic story in a very innovative way.

The Giants Causeway

The Giants Causeway - Luxury Chauffeur Vacations

The Giants Causeway – Luxury Chauffeur Vacations Ireland
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The Giants Causeway is one of the natural wonders of the world and a World Heritage Site. About 50 to 60 million years ago, Antrim experienced high volcanic activity which resulted in the formation of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns.

The Giants Causeway - Deluxe Honeymoon Tours Ireland

The Giants Causeway – Deluxe Honeymoon Tours Ireland
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The summits of the hexagonal columns are shaped like stepping stones that run from the bottom of the cliff and fade into the sea.

Irish Giant Finn McCool - Private Escorted Tours of Ireland

Irish Giant Finn McCool – Private Escorted Tours of Ireland
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Legend has it that an Irish Giant, with super human ability by the name of Fionn Mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool), was challenged to a fight by the Scottish giant Benandonner. Fionn built the causeway across the North Channel so that the two giants could meet. On the Scottish Isle of Staffa, there are identical basalt columns…so maybe there is more to this legend after all….

Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle - Luxury chauffeur Tours Ireland

Dunluce Castle – Luxury Chauffeur Tours Ireland
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Dunluce Castle was built in the 13th century by Richard de burgh, the second Earl of Ulster. Subsequently, the castle served as the seat of the Earl of Antrim until the Battle of the Boyne. Since then, the castle has been uninhabited.  The medieval castle, now a ruin, has two 9 meter (diameter) feature drum towers on each side.

Bushmills Whiskey Factory

Bushmills Whiskey Factory -Private Guided Tours of Ireland

Bushmills Whiskey Factory – Private Guided Tours of Ireland
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The Bushmills Whiskey Factory is located in the small village of Bushmills nestled in the banks of a river.  At 400 years old, it is the oldest working distillery in Ireland which produces Irish whiskey.

Whiskey Products - Deluxe Discover Ireland Tour

Whiskey Products – Deluxe Discover Ireland Tour
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The distillery produces several blends of whiskey including Bushmills Origional – a triple distilled malt whiskey, Bushmills Black Bush – a high content malt whiskey matured in Oloroso Sherry casks, Bushmills Irish Honey – a sweeter honey finished whiskey, Bushmills Single Malt Whiskey 10 Year – a triple distilled whiskey, Bushmills Single Malt 16 Year – matured in Orososo Sherry & Bourbon- seasoned casks and finally the Bushmills Single Malt Whiskey 21 Year – which has earned the title of ‘Best Irish Single Malt 2013’.

The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Carrick- a-Rede Rope Bridge - Deluxe Family Tours Ireland

Carrick- a-Rede Rope Bridge – Deluxe Family Tours Ireland
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Close by, the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge which extends 28 meters, challenges thousands of tourists every year to walk across the bridge. For the courageous and thrill seeking individuals in the group, you can take the challenge of walking across the bridge.

Golf Tours Belfast Ireland

The Royal County Down Golf Club

Royal County Down Golf Club - Customized Golf Packages Ireland

Royal County Down Golf Club – Customized Golf Packages Ireland
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Royal County Down Golf Links is located in one of the most attractive sites in the Murlough Nature Reserve. The course is 15 miles long and 8 miles wide and has two main links; The Championship Links & The Annesley Links.

Champions Links - Private Golf Tours of Ireland

Champions Links – Private Golf Tours of Ireland
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The Championship Links ambles laterally across the shores of Dundrum Bay producing incomparable views from every hole against which there is a striking view of the Mountains of Mourne. These mountains were the inspiration for C S Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia.

Bearded Bunkers - Ireland Luxury Golf Tours

Bearded Bunkers – Ireland Luxury Golf Tour
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The greens are famed for their ‘bearded’ bunkers that overhang with red fescue and heather and the ninth hole is acknowledged for its aesthetical appeal by photographers worldwide. The course is ruminated by scores of players as a speedy, rebellious and convoluted course and the record is 66 which was set by Irish Golfer Jimmy Bruen in 1939.

Annesely Links - Ireland Golf Transport

Annesely Links – Ireland Golf Transport
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The shorter Annesely Links is just as insolent as its brethren links and possess imposing views of the sea, mountains and dune lands.

The Royal County Down Golf Club presents The Murlough Room bar, which has spectacular views of the Mountains of Mourne and a dining room which provides snacks and light meals during the day.

Well that wraps up our tour of Belfast Ireland. If you would like more information on the Tour of Belfast Ireland or any Private Guided Tour of Ireland, then click on the button below:

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All the best,

Mike Ryan

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