The Perfect Pairings: Bushmills Inn
Perfect Pairings: The Bushmills Inn
When it comes to luxury golf travel, The Bushmills Inn offers some of the best accommodations in Northern Ireland. The four-star boutique hotel is a stone’s throw from world-class golf courses and popular tourist attractions. Portstewart and Castlerock Golf Clubs are less than a half-hour away and Royal Portrush, the iconic venue tapped to host the 2019 British Open Championship, is just five miles down the road.
Although the 2019 British Open is a few years away, Royal Portrush has already cemented its place in Irish golf history. The legendary links course hosted the inaugural Irish Amateur Championships in 1892 and the first professional event on Irish soil in 1895. In 1951 Royal Portrush made headlines on the world stage as the first course outside of England and Scotland to host the British Open. It is a “must-visit” while staying at The Bushmills Inn.
Originally a 17th century coaching inn for saddle sore travelers, The Bushmills Inn is now one of Ireland’s most well-known luxury hotels. After undergoing an extensive refurbishment in 2009, the inn now features 41 oversized bedrooms and luxurious suites. Roaring peat fires and nooks and crannies throughout the property transport visitors to a bygone era without sacrificing any modern amenities.
Everything one could possibly want or need during a luxury golf vacation is on site including a world-class restaurant, gas-lit bar, massage room and conference rooms. The property even boasts a secret library! Upstairs, a boutique cinema provides an ideal place to relax and watch golf.
Perhaps best known for embodying the true spirit of Ulster hospitality, The Bushmills Inn won the Customer Service Excellence Award at the 2016 Northern Ireland Tourism Awards. And, this past November, the inn won the 2016 Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Commitment to Local Food (Hotel) Award amidst strong competition.
While in County Antrim, the Giant’s Causeway is a must-visit and conveniently located just two miles from The Bushmills Inn. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Giant’s Causeway is a magnificent collection of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. A visit to the region isn’t complete without a stop at one of the oldest distilleries in the world: Old Bushmills Distillery. Other famous local destinations include Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Dunluce Castle. Game of Thrones fans will recognize Dunluce Castle as the House of Greyjoy on the hit HBO drama.
Dine at The Bushmills Inn restaurant for locally sourced food with a nod to local culture. After dinner, visit The Gas Bar for live music and malt from the hotel’s private cask or watch a film in the hotel’s private cinema.
The Bushmills Inn’s centralized location in the heart of Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast and historic ambience that beckons back to a more simple time make it the perfect place to stay during an Irish golf vacation.
For more information on Carr Golf and Bushmills Inn, contact us on 1.855.617.5701 (U.S. toll free) or +353.1.822 6662.