The Bushmills Inn
Bushmills, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
At a Glance
Wonderful old seventeenth-century coaching inn that is full of character
Superb base for exploring the Antrim Coast including Giants Causeway and Dunluce Castle
Friendly staff who will really look after you attentively
Excellent restaurant where you can try delicious local specialties
Outstanding option for golfers with Royal Portrush, one of Ireland’s most spectacular courses, nearby
Best time to Visit
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It is very difficult to predict the weather in Ireland - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but Ireland does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.
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The Bushmills Inn is a charming seventeenth-century coaching inn located near Giant's Causeway on Northern Ireland's dramatic Antrim Coast. Enjoy Bushmill Inn's superb hospitality and peat fires, before venturing out to discover the amazing local geology.
One of Ireland’s best known and best loved small hotels, the Bushmills Inn has a superb location on the north Antrim coast, considerably less than a seven-league-boot’s stride from the geological wonder of the Giant’s Causeway and near the attractions of Dunluce Castle, Royal Portrush Golf Club – one of Ireland’s most prestigious links courses – and the world’s oldest whiskey distillery. Game of Thrones fans will also enjoy the chance to visit some of the more dramatic filming locations used in the series.
This historic coaching inn that originally dates back to 1608 offers bags of authentic charm, and is a veritable rabbit warren of timbered rooms filled with the inviting smell of peat smouldering in the hearth. The 41 guest rooms and suites, many with views over the River Bush, are spacious and beautifully appointed and exude a quiet calm with their dark wood panels, leather and comfortable armchairs.
A warm atmosphere of relaxed indulgence pervades the Bushmills Inn: as you sit on your rocking chair by the fire with a pint of Guinness, or nurse a glass of malt from the hotel’s private cask in the rickety gas-lit bar, you will conclude that life is indeed good. The staff are extremely attentive and will be happy to point out the inn’s secret library or give you friendly advice on some of the best local walks.
The restaurant at the Bushmills Inn has won many awards and draws on superb local ingredients such as pheasant, venison and fresh-caught seafood, offering up Antrim specialties such as cullen skink, a delicious broth featuring smoked haddock and potatoes. Afterwards, head for the bar where twice a week during the summer you can enjoy traditional Irish singing and fiddling.
One of the world’s great geological marvels, Giant’s Causeway, is barely two miles down the road from the Bushmills Inn, and visiting this astonishing UNESCO World Heritage site will leave you fairly open-mouthed in wonder. Over 40,000 interlocking columns of basalt, the remnants of a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago have given rise to many myths and legends, and the place is utterly magical. The evocative ruined fortress of Dunluce Castle, even nearer, is a former seat of the Earls of Antrim and has a rich history to discover, while inland near Ballymoney The Dark Hedges is a spectacular tree-lined stretch of road, a must for keen photographers and fans of Game of Thrones.
All rooms at the Bushmills Inn can be found in the charming Mill House on the banks of the River Bush or in the original Inn building and range from Mill House Classic Rooms to the Master Distillers Suite. The spacious rooms are traditional in design with discreet modern technology, including a TV, and comfortable soft furnishings. Mill House Deluxe Rooms also have a separate dressing room, come with fluffy slippers and bathrobes and WiFi is available.
The Garden View Suites are a big hit with children, with a mezzanine level sleeping area reached by ladder to give an exciting tree-house feel. The Master Distillers Suite is spacious and airy inside, also boasting its own balcony which enjoys views over the River Bush.
The on-site cinema is the perfect place to spend a Thursday evening with weekly screenings of popular Hollywood movies. Enjoy a two-course dinner before settling into your plush seat with a bag of fresh popcorn.
Dining at Bushmills Inn is also a treat, with traditional dishes galore and a famously delicious sirloin. For an evening tipple head to the Gas Bar, the hotel's pub which is still lit purely by gas lamps and the roaring fire to create a warm and homely atmosphere. Live music can be enjoyed most evenings, washed down with a glass of Bushmills' finest malt, straight from the cask.
Massages are available in the treatment room for a more traditional way to unwind, and can even be enjoyed with a glass of prosecco if you feel like spoiling yourself.
Golfers have perennially been drawn to Bushmills Inn due to its close proximity to a number of the World's finest courses. Transport can also be provided to and from the golf clubs and the scenery along the way is simply breathtaking.
Coastal drives are a great way to take in the natural beauty of the area; head to nearby Giant's Causeway or enjoy a picnic at Whiterocks beach. The local area is also rife with opportunities for cycling, fishing and surfing and families will not be disappointed with the fun park, zoo, aquarium or play areas within easy reach.
Belfast & the Titanic
Completely transformed in recent years, Belfast is now an exciting city with beautifully restored Victorian architecture, a superb culinary scene and music-filled pubs. At the heart of it all, the Titanic Experience is a must-see exhibit.
Fishing on Lough Eske
Lough Eske in Donegal translates from the Gaelic as “lake abounding in fish,” and with your fishing guide you can try your hand at angling for brown trout, sea trout, and salmon during the May to September fishing season.
The Magnificent Antrim Coast
Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast is justifiably famous for the Giant’s Causeway, a wonderful coastline and some of the most beautiful and most varied scenery in Northern Ireland.
Grand Tour of Ireland
Belfast, Antrim Coast, Donegal, Ashford Castle, Clare, Kerry, Cork & Dublin
from $9600 pp 14 nights
- A comprehensive luxury private journey round the whole of Ireland
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Location & directions
Bushmills, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
The Bushmills Inn is located in the small town of Bushmills on the North Antrim Coast, just two miles from Giant's Causeway.
How to get there
The nearest airports are Belfast International Airport (just over an hour by road) and Derry City Airport (50 minutes by road).