Landmarks for Foodies

Series 3: Northern Ireland
In the third part of our Landmarks for foodies series we head to Northern Ireland where thirteen of our landmarks are located and where great food is never far away.

Depending on where you are travelling from, a quick visit to St. Georges Market in Belfast is well worth a visit while en route to your Landmark destination. Stock up on speciality and artisan produce for a self catering foodie break to remember. The glass roofed Victorian building is home to tempting speciality foods from around the world, as well as numerous local traders selling the freshest fruit and vegetables, artisan produce, meat and the widest range of fish in Ireland. It has been described as ‘foodie central’.

Heading further north towards the Causeway Coastal Route, one of the worlds ultimate road trips, you can visit the Old Bushmills Distillery for a tour or a drop of malt sitting by the roaring peat fire. Guests have also recommended the Old Bushmills Inn and the French Rooms as well as Tartine Restaurant in Bushmills.

Causeway Coast Foodie Tours are guided tours showcasing some of the best local produce and hidden gems the Causeway Coastal Route has to offer. The tours include the Coast and Country Tour, and the Catch and Sea Tour where visitors get to catch their own breakfast in the crystal clear waters of the Causeway Coast

Ballycastle Food Tour draws on the town’s rich and varied cultural history and local, award winning food producers. With a quick introduction to Ballycastle and the surrounding Causeway Coast and Glens visitors get to experience the industries and landscapes that have made Ballycastle the perfect place to enjoy its superb seafood and local produce.

Magherintemple Gatelodge, Ballycastle
Sleeps 2
From £254 for 2 nights

The Drum Gatelodge, Bushmills
Sleeps 2
From £254 for 2 nights

The Kiln Wing, Bushmills
Sleeps 2
From £254 for 2 nights

The dramatic Mournes landscape was the inspiration for Belfast-born writer C.S. Lewis’ magical Kingdom of Narnia. It and the nearby Ring of Gullion in County Armagh, another designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offer some of Northern Ireland’s best scenery. But the area is not just known for its beautiful scenery, it also boasts an impressive culinary heritage.

The Mourne Coastal route has plenty of great foodie options, with the popular award-winning Mourne Cookery School in Kilkeel well worth a visit. The school will give you a great insight into the culinary heritage of this land, which is home of Strangford Mussels, Crab, or Mourne Mountain lamb. 
In Dundrum Mourne Seafood Bar serves fresh seafood from local ports and their own shellfish beds and comes highly recommended by guests.

In the nearby seaside town of Newcastle, the The ‘Mourne Foods & Films Cycle Tour’ is a unique self guided tour by bike exploring the locally produced foods and famous filming locations in the region. Landmarks in this region include St. John’s Point Lightkeeper’s Cottages and Tullymurray House.

If Staying at Tullymurray House check out not one but two Great Taste Awards supreme champions in the village of Moira, County Down ( 26 mile drive). Besides his Himalyan salt-aged Glenarm Shorthorn Beef, Peter Hannan sells all manner of fresh and preserved produce at The Meat Merchant. Down the road, McCartneys of Moira are famous for their award winning sausages which come in dozens of flavours, including several seasonal treats. Ideal for preparing a hearty breakfast.

St Johns Point Lightkeeper’s Cottages, Killough Co. Down
Each Cottage sleeps 4 guests
From £268 for 2 nights

Tullymurray House, Donaghmore, Banbridge, Co. Down
From £555 for 2 nights

Castledawson which is ten miles from Randalstown where Ballealy Cottage is situated is home to the original Ditty’s Home Bakery, the source of some of the island’s best oatcake biscuits (perfect with Irish cheese) as well as soda farls, wheaten breads and wee buns and scones – these are the perfect accompaniment to a mid morning cup of tea.

Ballealy Cottage, Randalstown Co. Antrim
Sleeps 5
Rates from From £286 for 2 nights