For many, the fast-approaching holiday season means a chance to relax and unwind after a busy year. But for us at Abbey HQ, we see it as the perfect opportunity to use those few days for adventure on our home turf, exploring Northern Ireland. Here are some simple, stunning activities to consider.
Exploring Northern Ireland
Take a Drive to Derry~Londonderry (Co. Derry~Londonderry)
Whether you’re from the North West or further afield, you can’t beat a trip to Derry~Londonderry. Voted the UK’s City of Culture in 2013, the area is home to the famous City Walls, the Guildhall and Foyle Bridge. Why not enjoy a show at the Playhouse, which often attracts West End talent, or some retail therapy at the Foyleside or Richmond Shopping Centres (if you don’t have to pinch the pennies post-Christmas).
Get Active on Lough Erne (Co. Fermanagh)
If there was ever a place to work off some Christmas calories, Lough Erne is it. As the fourth-biggest lake system in Ireland, Lough Erne offers great nautical activities like boating and kayaking, but also land-based excursions too. Visitors can go off-roading, take part in organised combat sports, or even indulge in a luxurious spa and yoga break. When you feel your energy has been zapped, journey across to the town of Enniskillen to put your feet up in one of its many traditional cafes.
Climb the Giant’s Causeway (Co. Antrim)
Not just for tourists, the Giant’s Causeway is a sight to behold. Named the UK’s fourth greatest natural wonder, pack the hiking boots and head to the Coast to trek this captivating rock formation, which Irish legend has it was built by giants. When you have completed the hike, journey into the village of Bushmills for a wee dram of whiskey by the fire, or further afield to Portrush for some local nightlife.
Play the Arcade Machines in Newcastle (Co. Down)
Who can deny the thrill of playing a 2p machine at the arcades in Newcastle? Not us! It might be a childhood pastime, but the festive break is the ideal chance to hop into the car and journey down to the seafront to relive your childhood. Newcastle is home to many independent art shops, as well as vintage home stores, and for a bit of grown-up indulgence, be sure to pop into the Slieve Donard for afternoon tea too.
Shop up a Storm in Moygashel (Co Tyrone)
If you’ve managed to save a few pennies post-Christmas, then a trip to Moygashel’s famous Linen Green is certainly in order. Initially beginning as a humble linen mill in the 1700s, the Linen Green has grown to become a leading designer shopping village, and home to a vast array of both independent and national retailers.
Embrace Irish Culture in Armagh City (Co Armagh)
Known as the Ecclesiastical capital of Ireland, Armagh City offers stunning architecture in the form of its two cathedrals – the St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral and St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral – and captivating history. Visit the Royal Irish Fusilier’s Museum to hear about the now defunct regiment of the British Army, or the Armagh County Museum for a taste of the City’s heritage. However you decide to explore, Armagh offers a fantastic glimpse into local culture.
Abbey Insurance Brokers Holiday Call Hours
Please note that the Abbey Insurance phone lines will be adopting seasonal opening hours throughout the Christmas period. These are outlined below.
Saturday 23rd December: 9am-3pm
Sunday 24th December: CLOSED
Monday 25th December: CLOSED
Tuesday 26th December: CLOSED
Wednesday 27th December: CLOSED
Thursday 28th December: 8am-8pm
Friday 29th December: 8am-8pm
Saturday 30th December: 9am-3pm
Sunday 31st December: CLOSED
Monday 1st January: CLOSED
Tuesday 2nd January: 8am-8pm