Destination Golf Ireland 2018 * - Page 134

An XXXX evening view of Titanic Belfast from ‘The Slipways’, Belfast. TOURISM IN ULSTER The northern-most province of Ulster boasts a huge selection of the finest golf courses to be found… not just on the island of Ireland, but also the world. Straddling two countries, Ulster offers a wide variety of activities and sights. Belfast, the island’s second largest city, has a rich history and culture, being the location of Harland and Wolff shipbuilders (of Titanic fame), the stunning City Hall, and a vibrant nightlife. The city offers over 20 highly ranked-courses within a short driving distance, and both Malone and Belvoir Park are tucked away in its suburbs. The Northern Irish coastline, spanning over 200km, is drenched in stunning natural beauty, with many untouched beaches - 10 of which have received the UK-wide Seaside Award. Also on this coastline lies the Giant’s Causeway, in Co. Antrim. This World Heritage Site is not to be missed and its hexagonal basalt columns have been attracting visitors for years. Easily accessible from Belfast is Lough Neagh, the largest freshwater lake in the UK or Ireland. It is steeped in mystery and folklore, which could even describe the golf courses of Royal Portush 132 and Portstewart, which plays over dunes known as God’s Own Country. Derry city, on the River Foyle, is the second largest city in Northern Ireland. Famous for its walled city and rich history, it has produced some of Ireland’s most famous writers, such as the poet Seamus Heaney, and the playwright Brian Friel. Donegal, the northernmost county in the Republic, has a remote and rugged landscape, with national parks and a breathtaking coast. Malin Head, the most northerly point on the island, is located on the remote Inishowen Peninsula. It just happens to be in the same vicinity as the renowned courses of Ballyliffin and North West, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2016. Co. Donegal offers plenty of the island’s best links courses, such as the spectacular Donegal Golf Club, Narin and Portnoo, Rosapenna, and the nine hole gem of Cruit Island. The county promises some of the best surfing in the world, too, with Bundoran gaining a reputation as one of the world’s best locations.