The drive from Belfast up the coast would make this B&B worth the rating in and of itself. The house itself is located on the last highway before the ocean on the north coast, and is only a few hundred yards from a decent, if sometimes tourist filled, pub, in addition to the main giant's causeway visitor center. Who needs the visitor center though when you can have personal, private access on a tractor path right up to the top of the cliffs, no car necessary! Only at Ardtrabane! Going on the owner's suggestion, my wife and I walked up at about 9PM after wandering the trails and the coast below. The sunset was gorgeous, and not another person was to be found because the tour buses stopped well before this. Nothing like it!
The accommodations were wonderful, cozy, and modern. On suite is a definite plus, and breakfast options will not disappoint. You cannot see much causeway coast, as it slopes up from the house, but you have rolling green hills with some cows herded by dogs, sweeping skies, and a view of several beaches and coves. Proprietors were very nice, willing to work with us on activity suggestions and all they asked for was a bit of quiet time. This is not the kind of place you go to party, but if some solitude, beautiful surroundings, proximity to several tourist (and not so tourist) destinations sounds like your thing, definitely sign up for Ardtrabane.
Things to do- The causeway, paddleboarding 5 minutes down the road (surfsupNI), Bushmills and several other towns, carrick-a-rede rope bridge, ruins (loved dunluce). Golfing if thats your thing is close too. Coastal drives in all directions are nice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This modern country family home can claim to be the closest habitation to the actual Giant's Causeway itself.Residents park in our free parking area and in a one minute walk you are on the footpath leading to the world-famous Giants Causeway.On your holiday you will want to experience the unsurpassed majestic scenery that the Giants Causeway and the North Antrim Coast has to offer, immerse yourself in the myths and legends that abound and surround this wonderful coastline.What better way is there to experience all that, than to stay at the very heart of it and Ardtrabane House sits at the very heart of it. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ardtrabane House Bushmills, Northern Ireland