North & East Coast Links – Royal Portrush to Portmarnock

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At a Glance
  • Where & What: North and East Coast of Ireland - 8 Days & 7 Nights - Self Drive or Chauffeured Tour
  • Golf Courses: Royal Portrush, Ballyliffin, Portstewart, Royal County Down, County Louth & Portmarnock
  • Hotels: Stay Four Nights at Bushmills Inn Hotel and Three Nights at Portmarnock Hotel & Links
Overview

Northern Ireland is home to major champions Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke, winners of six majors between them: two British Open’s, two U.S. Opens and two PGA’s. Now you can play golf in the home country of these great major winners and find out what makes the courses of Northern Ireland so special. This tour includes six of the best links courses, including Royal Portrush and Royal County Down, both in the top 10 golf courses in the world!

Day by Day

Day 1Arrive In Ireland.

Stay 4-nights at the Bushmills Inn Hotel on The Giant’s Causeway Coast.

Day 2Play Ballyliffin Golf Club

One of Ireland’s leading links boasts two Championship Courses: The Old Links and Glashedy Links. Ballyliffin is renowned for its hospitality, spectacular setting, and outstanding presentation standards all year round.

Day 3Play Portstewart Golf Club

Portstewart offers 54 holes of golf set on Ulster’s stunning Causeway Coast. This course has something for every golfer, with one the most spectacular opening holes in all of golf.

Day 4Play at Royal Portrush Golf Club

Royal Portrush is home to one of the best and most challenging links golf courses in the world. This is the only club in Ireland to have hosted The Open Championship.

Day 5Play Royal County Down Golf Club

Royal County Down is located in one of the world’s most beautiful natural links settings in the Murlough Nature Reserve. This course is a true test of any player’s command of the traditional bump and run. After golf, drive to County Dublin, where you’ll stay 3-nights at The Portmarnock Hotel.

Day 6 Play at Portmarnock Golf Club

With 27 holes of pure links to enjoy, Portmarnock is considered one of the best courses in the world. This is a course which will be remembered by all who stroll its historic fairways.

Day 7Play County Louth Golf Club – Baltray

County Louth is one of the best kept secrets of Irish golf. With natural unspoiled seaside territory and towering sand hills, murderous rough, and a rating of long holes that call for powerful hitting.

Day 8Depart Ireland

After breakfast this morning, transfer to Dublin Airport for your return flight home.

Inclusions

Ireland Golf Inclusions

  • Meet & greet by Destinations Golf.
  • Golfers packing list & recommendations.
  • 6-Rounds of championship golf.
  • Guaranteed tee-times.
  • 7-Nights deluxe hotel accommodations & breakfast daily.
  • Self-Drive van or upgrade to Driver Guide.
  • Your Personalized Trip Portfolio on our Destinations Golf Travel App.
  • Recommendations for dining, sightseeing, shopping & entertainment.
  • Enjoy our Concierge Services in Scotland while travelling.

Not Included:

  • Caddies: request at time of booking
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature

Price:

  • Request a complimentary quote
Hotels

Portmarnock Hotel & Links, County Dublin

From the moment you arrive at the Portmarnock Hotel, the friendly staff will take care of your every need. This leaves you free to walk on the award-winning, magnificent ‘Velvet Strand’ beach, enjoy pampering in the health & beauty clinic or dine on delicious, locally sourced cuisine. This 4 star hotel, combines modern elegance with all the grandeur of a 19th century home, which overlooks the Irish sea. The property was once owned by members of the Jameson Whiskey dynasty.

The Bushmills Inn, County Antrim

The Bushmills Inn was recently awarded the prestigious ‘Best Boutique Hotel / Inn in Ireland’ by Golfers Guide to Ireland. One of Ireland’s most well-known, luxurious four-star Inns, The Bushmills Inn is situated in an enviable location a stone’s throw from a host of visitor attractions including Royal Portrush Golf Club, Old Bushmills Distillery, The Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Dunluce Castle. Roaring peat fires, nooks and crannies and a secret library set the tone.

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FAQ
Ireland & UK - Frequently Asked Questions

Passports & Visas

To enter Ireland or UK, you need a valid passport. While e-passports are commonly used now, they are not a necessity to enter Ireland. UK citizens do not require a passport to enter Ireland, but carriers by air or sea require some form of identification with a photograph (usually either a passport or driving license with photo).

Weather

February to April: Highest temperatures range from 46 to 54°F
May to July: Highest temperatures are between 64 and 68°F
August to October: Highest temperatures hit between 64 and 57°F.
Winter air temperatures inland normally reach 46°F, while the coldest months are January and February.
April & September are considered the most pleasant and temperate months.

Gratuities

Gratuities and tips are discretionary and are not usually included in a bill. The general custom is to give 10% to serving staff in restaurants. Cafes might have a collection box at the till and bar staff are not tipped but you are free to offer “have one for yourself”.

Gadgets

Plugs in Ireland and UK are three-pronged and the electricity supply is also 230v. Adapters are widely available, and it’s a good idea to bring a couple for your various gadgets.

Driving

You will need either a full valid national driving license or an international driving permit. Cars in Ireland drive on the left-hand side of the road and both driver and passengers are required to wear seat belts at all times by law. Signposts in Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) areas are written in Irish (Gaelic) so familiarise yourself with both English and Irish spellings before you set off for those parts. Northern Ireland uses miles per hour, while the Republic of Ireland uses kilometers for signage and speed limits.

Language

English is commonly used throughout Ireland and UK, although Irish is the official language in Ireland, and there are Irish speaking areas called the Gaeltacht where it is the predominant language.

What to Pack

Bring a sweater, even in summer; waterproofs to accompany all outdoor activities; sunglasses; comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella. The weather is changeable so go for layers that you can put on or take off as the temperature changes.

Currency

In the Republic of Ireland, the official currency is the euro (€). One euro consists of 100 cent. In Northern Ireland, pound sterling is the local currency (£). One pound sterling consists of 100 pence.

Emergency Services

Police, Fire, Ambulance:
Republic of Ireland, Telephone: 112 or 999
Northern Ireland, Telephone: 999

Time Zone

Ireland functions on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). During the summer it becomes GMT+1, that’s Irish Standard Time (IST) in the Republic and British Summer Time (BST) in Northern Ireland.
For example, New York is Irish Time -5 hours & Los Angeles is Irish Time -8 hours.

Vaccinations

There are no vaccinations required to visit Ireland.