EXPLORING IRELAND | TRAVEL GUIDE

 
Ok, so the accent is more than enough of a reason to visit Ireland, it’s been on my list for a long time so when Ophir PR and Tourism Ireland asked if I would like to explore Belfast for the weekend with my boyfriend i’d already mentally packed my bags. With our flight from London being only 50 minutes it was the perfect weekend escape and we were so lucky as the weather was truly on our side.
We decided to hire a little Fiat 500 with Europacar but the lovely cashier lady upgraded us to make sure we made it up the hills that Belfast had to offer, settles on and we bumbled our way to The Slieve Donard, part of the Hastings Hotels and our incredible hotel for the weekend. Our room was so big that we had a living room and every night I plotted ways in which I could take the bed home with me and we received the cutest welcome in our room of yummy treats and a goody bag.

Not to waste the weekend we munched a scrumptious superfood salad from The Lighthouse bar and quickly popped on our gym clothes as Leon had spotted the Mourne Mountains and it was his mission for the day. Two hours later, one broken toe and a dodgy knee we had made it past incredible waterfalls and hairy cows to the top for a sensational view of The Blood Wall. We hobbled our way back down using the actual path which we had somehow manage to divert from on the way up and popped into a local shop to refuel, hello chocolate tiffin. 

Not to waste the weekend we munched a scrumptious superfood salad from The Lighthouse bar and quickly popped on our gym clothes as Leon had spotted the Mourne Mountains and it was his mission for the day. Two hours later, one broken toe and a dodgy knee we had made it past incredible waterfalls and hairy cows to the top for a sensational view of The Blood Wall. We hobbled our way back down using the actual path which we had somehow manage to divert from on the way up and popped into a local shop to refuel, hello chocolate tiffin.
Our hotel boasted a 5* Spa so I decided to book in for my first ever deep tissue massage, it hurt like hell but was worth every penny. We then took a dip in the gorgeous pool and watched the sun set from the both incredibly situated Sauna I have ever had the pleasure to sweat in. Travelling and climbing totally caught up with us so we decided to act like one of the Kardashians and ordered room service, freshly showered, giant robes, hearty food and fresh sheets, bliss.
The next morning after filling ourselves up on the free breakfast buffet we woke up and decided to explore Belfast, we were talking to lots of you via Snapchat and the recommendations kept pouring in so we headed to Boojum for a big bowl of goodness, explored the castles and got to squeeze a couple of you. So many of you tweeted to say that we needed to visit giants causeway and although at 2hours away it was possibly the furthest we could have gone from our hotel we made the trek and were so happy we did, I was beyond blown away and so intrigued that I had a munch of an aero cheesecake whilst reading the history, standard.
That night we heading to The Percy French restaurant for a romantic dinner for two, the food was just what we needed and was the perfect refuel before bed. Our last day came around far too quick so we decided to make the most of it by filling our stomachs at breakfast, taking a stroll along the beach, training together in the hotels vast gym and then by driving along the coastal route before heading back to the airport to fly home.
Ireland was all I had hoped it would be and for that reason we’re aiming to get our butts back to experience more next year, i’d love to hear your recommendations so we can nail it right next time!