Irish broadcaster, Darragh McCullough, embraced Northern Ireland’s giant spirit recently with an action-packed two-day road-trip to enjoy some of the new and varied activities on offer during the year of the staycation.
There were plenty of thrills and spills with some experiences quite unique to Northern Ireland for the popular journalist, as well as activities which were right up his street.
An agricultural and rural affairs specialist who studied in Northern Ireland, Darragh paid a visit to a farm specialising in ethical and sustainable produce, felt the spray from the Atlantic Ocean on his face as he went horse riding at Whiterocks beach in Portrush and enjoyed the world class food and drink which is making Northern Ireland a must-visit destination.
Following his trip, Darragh commented, “We all have such a kindred spirit across Ireland, yet Northern Ireland is home to so many unique experiences. I had a wonderful time on my road-trip and as I stood on the top of Cave Hill looking out across Belfast it struck me just how close Dublin is, just a two-hour drive away.
“I was really taken by the buzz in Belfast and was delighted to see how it is re-inventing itself with culture, outdoor adventures and food experiences. The Causeway Coast offers some of the most stunning scenery you will find anywhere in the world.
“I walked, hiked, swam, jumped off cliffs into the sea and the food and drink was really special. I did it all and will certainly do it again, but I would encourage everyone to embrace Northern Ireland’s giant spirit.”
Darragh was a guest of Discover Northern Ireland and this is the itinerary which convinced him to return as soon as possible:
- The Bushmills Inn, Bushmills
- Sheans Horse Farm
- Broughgammon Farm, Ballycastle
- Causeway Coasteering, Portbradden (at western end of Whitepark Bay)
- The Merchant Hotel, Belfast
- Muddlers Club, Belfast
- Away a Wee Walk, Guided Tour of Cave Hill
- Home Restaurant, Belfast
- Sawers Deli, Belfast
- Hillsborough Castle & Gardens, Hillsborough
- The Parson’s Nose, Hillsborough