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A Room With a View – Scenic places to stay on your next walking break in Northern Ireland

Posted on January 22, 2015 @ 4:58 PM in Walking

After a day in the hills or walking along the coast there is nothing better than kicking off your walking boots and enjoying a well-deserved rest.  Somewhere to put your mucky boots, get out of your wet gear and have a hot shower is essential but why stop there?  With loads of accommodation situated right beside the walks boasting fantastic views the awe inspiring scenery doesn’t have to stop once your boots are off. 

We’ve teamed up with some fantastic accommodation providers all situated close to the best walking areas in Northern Ireland including the Mournes, North Coast, Sperrins, Fermanagh and Strangford to offer walkers fantastic discounts on accommodation. All offers are available from 1st March – 31st May 2015 (T&Cs apply visit WalkNI for more details) all you have to do is contact the accommodation providers directly and quote ‘WalkNI’ to book. We have put together a list of walker friendly accommodation with the best views right on their doorstep: 

Walking Breaks in the Mourne Mountains

The highest and most dramatic mountain range in Northern Ireland, the mountains themselves are criss-crossed by an unrivalled network of paths and tracks, providing enthusiastic walkers with incredible opportunities for exploration.  Download your free walkers guide to the Mournes.  

Tory Bush CottagesTory Bush Cottages

Tory Bush Cottages, Bryansford, Co. Down – 20% Off
 9 traditional self-catering country cottages in extensive mature grounds with spectacular views of the Mourne Mountains.  An open fire will welcome you back after exploring on foot.  Just 2 miles from Tollymore Forest Park which the Mourne Way runs through and minutes from a whole host of hikes in the Mournes

Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Newcastle, Co. Down - 15% Off
Situated at the foot of Slieve Donard (Northern Ireland's highest peak). This deluxe 4* hotel with spa is the perfect place to unwind after conquering some of the highest peaks.  A golden strand of beach borders one side with the majestic Mourne Mountains providing a welcoming vista from the hotel.  

Slieve DonardView from Slieve Donard

Downshire Manor Apartments, Dundrum, Co. Down - £100 Off 
Situated in the quiet village of Dundrum, this fine Georgian Building has been lovingly restored in a classic yet homely style.  A particular highlight is the rooftop terrace providing a magnificent view of Dundrum Bay and the Mourne Mountains.

Wlaking Break Mournes

Mountains of Mourne Country Cottages, Kilkeel, Co. Down – 3 nights for the price of 2
Comprising of seven fine old restored heritage cottages this award winning community development provides comfortable self-catering accommodation in historic surroundings, on the banks of the Kilkeel River. The cottages retain many of their old features each with its own unique appearance and outlook over the nearby mountains. 

Mourne CottagesMountains of Mourne Country Cottages

Walking Breaks on the North Coast

The North Coast and Antrim area is justifiably famous for the Giant’s Causeway, wonderful coastlines and a unique natural beauty. Download your free walkers guide to the North Coast and Antrim

Ballylinny Cottages

View from Ballylinny Cottages

Ballylinny Holiday Cottages, Bushmills, Co. Antrim – 15% Off
5 star self catering accommodation just 1 mile from the village of Bushmills, home to the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery and half a mile from the Giant's Causeway.  Staying here you’ll enjoy unrivalled views over the Giants Causeway, the sleepy seaside village of Portballintrae and the sweeping Donegal Coastline beyond. 

Marine Hotel, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim – 15% Off
Located on Ballycastle seafront and only 4 minutes walk from the Rathlin Island ferry terminal this hotel is an excellent base to experience the fabulous coastal walks in the area and on the island. The most northerly inhabited island in Ireland, Rathlin boasts just under 20 miles of walking trails with stunning coastal views.

Walking Breaks Northern Ireland

Cul-Erg House, Portstewart, Co. Derry~Londonderry – 10% Off
A 2 minute walk from Portstewart promenade, and a 15 minute walk away from Portstewart Strand; this family run B&B is not short of breath-taking views. With The Giants Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Bushmills and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge all a short drive away the seaside town of Portstewart is a great base for enjoying the many walks in the Causeway Coast

Walking Breaks in the Sperrins
 

The Sperrin Mountains, stretching along the border of counties Tyrone and Derry, can best be described as wild, untouched and beautiful. 

Bradkeel Cottage, Plumbridge, Co. Tyrone - 3 nights for the price of 2
This 5 star self-catering cottage sits on half-acre of private grounds with excellent views of the surrounding mountains and farmland. Hear the trickle of the stream running off the nearby mountain which borders the property and make the most of the maps and info on the area which you’ll find on arrival.

View from Bradkeel Cottage

Cobblers cottage Sperrins, Omagh, Tyrone - 3 nights for the price of 2
A newly renovated 200 year old traditional Irish cottage in peaceful surroundings, at the foot of the Sperrin Mountains this self catering cottage is a great base for exploring the hills as well as some fantastic walking in nearby Gortin

Cobblers Cottage

Walking Breaks in Fermanagh

Whilst Fermanagh is renowned for its lakelands, the first destination for any keen walker should be Cuilcagh Mountain, the highest summit in the County. This area is part of the UNESCO endorsed Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark due to its unique geology and spectacular landscapes. 

Coolbeg Farm, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh – 20% Off 
Situated on a private location on Upper Lough Erne this 4 star self-catering property boasts 40 acres of farm land and a private loughshore.  A short drive of 10 minutes takes you to the walking highlights of Cuilcagh Mountain, Marble Arch Caves Geo Park or more gentle walks such as National Trust property Florence Court. Alternatively, walk the back roads of Upper Lough Erne to local pubs from the door of the cottage. OS maps available and Walking Guide available by arrangement.

Coolbeg Farmhouse

Walking Breaks in Strangford  

At 150 km² Strangford Lough is the largest sea Lough in the British Isles and is a haven for wildlife. Strangford Lough's shores are also home to some of the finest country estates, parklands and walking trails in Northern Ireland.

Harbour View, Strangford, Co. Down – 15% Off  
Originating in Norman Times 'Harbour View' was once a Tower House where merchants watched for sailing boats arriving with their goods at Strangford quay the house has recently been restored to provide comfortable self catering accommodation with wonderful views over Strangford Lough.

Harbour ViewView from Harbour View

Check out WalkNI.com for a full list of Walker-Friendly accommodation offers.

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson  Marketing Officer

Sarah joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in 2011. A firm believer in giving anything a go at least once (unless it involves jumping out of a plane at 6,000ft!) she is always looking for new adventures in the outdoors and can often be found wandering the Mournes or Glens of Antrim attempting not to get lost!

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