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Sports- Derry Golf Holidays

Golf -- With two of the best links golf courses in Northern Ireland only 45 minutes away, Ardtara has become the home-away-from-home to amateur and celebrity golfers alike.

We are happy to use our local contacts to get you the most suitable tee times and we can arrange guided tours and excursions for non golfing partner/spouses (see “Specials” for details and more about Northen Ireland golf holidays).


Royal Portrush Golf Course – founded 1888 and became a “Royal” course with King Edward VII (to be) as patron …features the Valley Course and the world famous Dunluce Course both overlooking the pounding Atlantic Ocean. Members include most of the distinguished golfers and leading citizens of Northern Ireland as well as Professionals Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell. 

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Portstewart Golf Course – founded 1894...three courses nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the famous River Bann: the championship Strand Course, the challenging River Course along the Bann and the seaside Old Course. 

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Convenient nearby parkland courses(ranked in the top 10 in NI) include Gracehill (near Ballymoney)and Galgorm (near Ballymena). Both offer adjacent floodlit driving ranges.

Hiking -- The nearby Sperrin Mountains unveil some of the most un-spoilt mountain scenery available in Ireland.  If you prefer, the spectacular cliff and beach walks along the Antrim coast, including the World Heritage designated site of the Giant’s Causeway, are truly unique in their rugged beauty.  Look for some unusual fossils in the streams around White Park bay. 

Fishing, Shooting & More -- Depending on the time of year, leisure activities include:

If hanging out and being pampered is more to your taste, our staff will ensure that your every whim is catered to as you relax in the beautifully appointed lounge, and for the really serious connoisseur, the ultimate in luxury is available with personal massage sessions right in your own room.