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2 Night Ballygally Castle & Self Drive Causeway Coastal Route Food Tour

From £420 per couple

We have teamed up with our friends at Toast the Coast Food Tours to offer a special guided food tour on the Causeway Coastal Route along with luxurious overnight accommodation in Ballygally Castle.

As a guest at Ballygally Castle Hotel you can enjoy a delicious food tour that has a story, with stunning scenery of country & coast on your Causeway Coastal Route Self Drive road trip. Relax as all reservations are made in advance allowing you the time to enjoy space to explore. Stop off at open, spacious scenic places along the way. Take in the well known attractions or hidden gems dotted all along your journey, in between each food stop and then during the rest of the afternoon.

 

The Stay

Perched on the tip of the famous Causeway Coastal Route, sits Ballygally Castle, a stunning 17th Century Castle which overlooks the golden sands of Ballygally Bay and has uninterrupted views across the Irish Sea.  Relax and explore the gardens on site, after your first nights stay and hotel breakfast set off on your Causeway Coastal Route Food Tour with plenty of time in the afternoon to explore the well known and hidden gems along the coastline

The Food Tour

Steensons Workshop Économusée

The Steensons will welcome you to their workshop and gallery, with a rare opportunity to watch highly skilled craftspeople at work. Browsing the jewellery collections, inspired by the natural landscape, you may just find the perfect gift or memento of your causeway coastal route adventure.

Meeting Annie or Jolene in the gallery they will be delighted to share information about the Économusée and as you are in ‘The North’ (Antirm Coast) you can hear, see and even try on sample costume pieces designed and made by Steensons for HBO Game of Thrones.

The Économusée is experienced through a glass partition enabling you to observe the goldsmiths at the bench, handcrafting the various collections and ‘one off’ designs that can be found on display.

The Economusee concept began in Quebec, Canada, it is a network of Artisans who strive to promote traditional crafts in rural communities and share the depth of knowledge connected to their craft. By opening their doors to the public, each Economusee offers the visitor an in-depth experience of their work, the materials and processes. Exploring how a traditional craft has allowed their businesses to flourish in the heart of small communities

(Available & added to Itineraries on Thursday to Saturday)

Glenarm – Glenarm Castle Estate & Tea Rooms
A tasting plate of the world famous & award winning Organic Glenarm Smoked Salmon & Organic Shorthorn Beef with seasonal salad after you take time to explore the unique Castle Walled Garden.

Cushendun – Mary McBride’s & The Little Black Door
A food taster as you admire one of Ireland’s smallest pubs, tasting a selection of Homemade Pie, Seafood Chowder, Soda Pizza (or dessert if you prefer and with drink of choice).  Note that this stop features a Game of Thrones Door Carved from The Dark Hedges Trees.

Ballygally – Ballygally Castle
A final toast to the coast with a light supper and welcome drink to officially Toast The Coast.  Choose from a Signature Serve of Craft Gin Jawbox, Shortcross or Bushmills Whiskey (alternatives available).  Note that this stop features a Game of Thrones Door Carved from The Dark Hedges Trees.

Includes all food tastings, drinks, reserved seating and admission ticket prices.  The full itinerary of the scenic route, including reservations times, suggested stop off places and directions is given with booking confirmation.

 

Please note that booking will be made via the Toast the Coast Food Tour website

The Booking Procedure

A personal concierge booking system by the Food Tour owner Portia Woods is in place to manage current Covid 19 regulations and a personalised booking.

Step 1: Book Now to purchase your tour instantly online www.toastthecoastni.com (maximum 4 people).

Step 2: Payment is taken by Debit/Credit Card Services or Paypal Account via the Paypal transaction services (no account is needed).

Step 3: Choose the departure date 1st August.

Step 4: Portia will contact you directly to arrange your preferred date of stay & food tour day as well as the food tour start time your prefer.

Important Notes:

All bookings require 48 hours notice of preferred date.  Dates are subject to hotel availability.

Currently bookable for a maximum of 4 people from the same family/friend bubble to comply with current physical distancing recommendations.

Bookable now for dates from 24th July with 100% full refund if not achievable due to any changes in government guidelines.

Contact details Portia Woods : foodie@toastthecoastni.com or 07896414074.

The Optional Extra Experience

Book & include a further experience for the afternoon of your Self Drive itinerary (approx 1 hour at £60 per group booking)

Game of Thrones “Hang out with Hodor” the only local to tell you the unique story at Ballintoy Harbour, hear about this filming location and behind the scenes tales and insights from Hodors’ official stand in our local Flip Robinson.

Embrace a Giant Spirit in Northern Ireland with a Toast The Coast Food Tour 

 

Embrace A Giant Spirit

Tourism NI and Tourism Ireland have launched a new destination brand that will be used to promote Northern Ireland on the island of Ireland and internationally, with the aim of supporting the tourism industry and local economy by developing new authentic experiences that can be promoted to the travel trade and to consumers throughout the world. 

To find out more about Toast the Coast NI click here.