If you’re thinking about a staycation in Northern Ireland and need some help with planning an itinerary and where to stay, we have some fantastic suggestions in the area surrounding the Lower Bann near Portglenone, Bellaghy & Toome – First on the list has to be a boat trip on the River Bann!
Plan your Northern Ireland Trip in Advance
It’s always a great idea to plan out your itinerary and book everything in advance, that way, you won’t be disappointed or spend time during your vacation trying to research and make reservations – you’ll be able to make the most of every moment. Take a look at the different River Bann boat trips HERE. If you’d like to take a short break and want some inspiration for accommodation nearby, check out our recommendations below, gathered from a social media poll.
Hotels & Guest Houses
Northern Ireland’s premier luxury Resort and Spa, situated only 15 minutes from Portglenone, is the perfect location to relax and get away from it all.
Set within 163 acres of lush parkland, with the spectacular River Maine flowing through the estate, Galgorm Resort has a truly unique setting. This Resort is home to 124 luxurious guestrooms including Deluxe rooms, Junior and Signature Suites, as well as Lodge accommodation, Red Oaks Residence and the unique Thermal Spa Village, the first of its kind in Ireland.
Guests will enjoy the tranquillity of nature and experience pure relaxation with an extensive selection of riverside hot tubs, indoor and outdoor heated pools, steam rooms and saunas. The Resort also boasts a selection of restaurants & bars and extensive conference and banqueting facilities. With luxurious facilities to enjoy and our renowned warm welcome, Galgorm is the perfect escape. Please visit their website for special offers and more detailed information: https://www.galgorm.com/
Tullyglass Hotel and Residences
Set in its own grounds on the outskirts of Ballymena, the hotel is an imposing country residence dating from 1890 which has been sympathetically converted to retain its former style and character. The purpose built conference and banqueting suite can accommodate up to 840 seated guests. The famous six course Carvery Restaurant and Bistro Menu are available everyday. Please visit their website for special offers and more detailed information: https://tullyglass.com/
Leighinmohr House Hotel
A stylish boutique hotel, with Cocktail Bar, designer Bedrooms, award winning Restaurant. The Leighinmohr House Hotel tastefully blends Georgian elegance with unrivalled service and the highest quality of food and beverages.
Leighinmohr House Hotel features free WiFi, on-site dining options and free private parking. Situated in the large town of Ballymena in County Antrim, the property also offers conference facilities.
Rooms at Leighinmohr offer en-suite bathrooms, a flat-screen TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
Private dining facilities for up to 40 guests are available, offering modern cuisine and an extensive wine list. There is also an on-site bar & bistro which serves homemade dishes made with locally sourced, seasonal produce.
Ballymena town centre can be reached within a 15-minute walk and features a variety of shops, cafes and restaurants. For more information visit https://leighinmohrhotel.com/
Adair Arms Hotel
Located in the centre of the bustling town of Ballymena, the Adair Arms Hotel was originally built in 1846 by Sir Robert Adair and was designed by Charles Lanyon, responsible for many well known buildings such as the prestigious Queen’s University in Belfast.
This bespoke property offers 41 ensuite bedrooms with a mixture of twin, double and single bedrooms, each with their own unique characteristics.
Unlimited complimentary WiFi access and car parking is available to all guests.
Guests and locals alike can enjoy the extensive menu offered throughout the day in the Adair Grill. With everything from light snacks to evening meals, there is something for everybody. Highly trained in allergy awareness, the chef’s source quality local produce to create all of their dishes. For more information visit https://www.adairarms.com/
Oranmore Guest House
Oranmore Guesthouse is located on the tree lined Galgorm Road with excellent parking and beautiful mature gardens.
Here you will find a little gem from the past, with great hospitality, comfort and excellent accommodation, accompanied with fine traditional home cooked cuisine.
With easy access to all major roads and within 10 minutes walking distance to our local railway, bus station and town centre. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/OranmoreHouse
The O’Neill Arms Country House Hotel
The O’Neill Arms Country House Hotel based in the heart of Northern Ireland in Mid Ulster is under the management of husband and wife Barry and Amanda Dallat.
The O’ Neill Arms Country House Hotel is located in the heart of Mid Ulster on the shores of Lough Neagh, it is surrounded by a host of tourist attractions such as The Seamus Heaney Homeplace and much more. The O’Neills Arms Country House Hotel boasts elegantly decorated rooms, each providing a Complimentary wake-up call, Digital Flat Screen TV, Disabled facilities, En-suite Bathroom, Free car parking, Free WiFi, Hair Dryer, Residents lounge, Room service, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Telephone and much more. For more information visit http://oneillarms.com/
Ardtara Country House Hotel
Ardtara Country House is located in the heart of Northern Ireland near Maghera. Luxurious from inception, the Victorian property was built by one of Northern Ireland’s wealthy linen barons and is in a picturesque setting amid woodlands and lakes.
Ardtara has been lovingly restored, combining its romantic Victorian architecture with all the modern comforts you’d expect in top class hospitality. Its nine bedrooms are beautifully decorated and feature antiques and heirlooms alongside modern conveniences such as flatscreen TVs and Nespresso machines. The bedrooms, and indeed some of the en suite bathrooms, feature original fireplaces and working fires.
While the hotel is peaceful and secluded, there is that unmistakable buzz that comes from having a full-service restaurant on site, with extensive wine list and cocktail menu. Open to residents and non-residents alike, it’s a destination eatery that attracts gourmands from far and wide. For more information visit https://www.ardtara.com/
Walsh’s Hotel (formerly known as “The Inn of Maghera”) has been a feature of the town since 1760. It is the “cornerstone of the community” much like the ancient stone that has been in the same place outside the hotel since its opening also called the “cornerstone”. Walsh’s is a place where travellers from near or far find comfort and a warm welcome, where they can feel at ease but with a certain sense of occasion.
Rooms, Self-Catering Apartments and the Linen House
A small family run hotel full of warmth and character Walsh’s has 17 en-suite bedrooms, 8 self-catering apartments and Linen House has 9 bedrooms. Rooms include a beautiful bridal suite with jacuzzi bath, two double rooms and 14 triple/quad rooms.
Our modern, light and spacious self-catering apartments sleep from 2 to 10 people in single (or double on requests), these include one three-bedroom apartment, 5 two-bedroom and 2 one-bedroom apartments. For more information visit https://www.walshshotel.com/
The Inn Castledawson
If you’re staying in the Mid Ulster area and you’re looking for a hotel that offers wonderful service fabulous food and comfort your search ends here. Built onto the original site of the 200 year old Castledawson House the award winning Inn at Castledawson offers a break from the norm. Refurbished in 2009 comprising 12 bedrooms and over a 80 cover restaurant The Inn boasts a boutique wedding venue and exclusive dining in a beautiful setting overlooking the River Moyola. For more information visit http://theinncastledawson.co.uk/
The Terrace Hotel
Based in the heart of Northern Ireland, only 40 minutes from Derry, Belfast and The North Coast, The Terrace Hotel is an ideal base for touring. Our 16 bedrooms are contemporary and spacious, while quality and comfort abound. King-sized beds with crisp white linen, wall mounted plasma TVs, complementary WiFi, and hearty breakfasts will make your stay enjoyable.
The Front bar is a relaxing place to sit over a speciality coffee, fine wine or beer, or have a bite to eat. With our Bar, Evening and Sunday Lunch Menus offering the finest in fresh and locally sourced produce – no visit to Magherafelt is complete without sampling some of our fine meals.
The Sperrin Mountains are right on our doorstep-the largest and least explored mountain range in Northern Ireland. They have dramatic landscapes, rivers teaming with life, mountains, valleys, forests, lakes, outdoor pursuits, indoor pursuits! The largest lake in Ireland & Britain is also only a few minutes away – Lough Neagh captivates visitors with its tranquil atmosphere, un-spoilt scenery, secluded bays and skyward views. Lough Neagh is a haven for wildlife with many viewpoints around the shoreline.
With amazing scenery, bustling bars and restaurants, and some of the best designer shops in the country – Whatever your pleasure, you will find something to suit within the Magherafelt area. For more information visit https://www.theterracehotel.com/