Northern Ireland: Bushmills

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Bushmills. This is the name of the town, of the inn, and of the distillery. No, I’m not sure which was named first. It was quite a change going from the big city of Belfast and a skyscraper hotel to the quant and comfortable Bushmills Inn. Bushmills was booked for us by Wilderness Ireland and might have been our favorite place to stay in Ireland; the rooms are nice, the staff is great, and the food was delicious – more on the food later.

Front Entrance

While staying in Belfast we did have to pay to park our rental car whereas parking is included at The Bushmills Inn. Note, this hotel and most of the others we stayed at in Ireland did not have air conditioning. However, it was only about 45-65°F while we were there in May. All the hotels had windows we could open and most had fans to provide air movement. Bushmills has a restaurant and a pub in the inn but if you don’t want to eat there then there are a couple of local places in walking distance.

Bushmills is close to the Giant’s Causeway if you plan to visit the unique landscape while in the area. The Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge is also close if you want to visit. We did not get to cross the rope bridge during our visit because it was still closed due to covid but I do believe it is now open.

Patio Courtyard

“So quaint it was annoying… in a good way.”

– Keltin
Extra quite space for guest use – Located above the restaurant

The Bushmills Whiskey distillery is in walking distance of The Bushmills Inn and we didn’t really have time to go which does make me sad. However, I did sample some Bushmills Whiskey while in Ireland and it was delicious. If you do want to visit the distillery, I do recommend pre-booking as, even in this small village, things fill up fast. The tour tickets start at £10.

Local restaurant we had a late lunch at after visiting the Giant’s Causeway.

Bushmills is a quiet town that we were sad to leave but there were other adventures to be had. Have you ever been to Bushmills? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments. Remember to leave no trace and safe travels.

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