Easter Road Trips
Easter is one of our annual highlights. Not only do we love treating ourselves to copious amounts of delicious, bunny-shaped chocolate, but the long weekend offers the chance to hit the road for an impromptu getaway and a bit of good old adventure.
While we have to admit the recent weather blips haven’t quite gotten us in the ‘holiday mood’ yet, we can’t deny that our restless feet are still itching to explore.
Whether you are craving the seaside, salty spray of the coast, or prefer to be at one with nature in some lush forestry, we have narrowed down the Abbey pick of the three best road trips you could take this Easter…
Perched just across the Northern Ireland border, the quaint Co. Monaghan village of Glaslough is known as an ‘oasis of calm’ and filled with antique tea rooms, cosy B&Bs and nature walks, not to mention friendly residents and a rich architectural history. A trip is never quite complete without popping into its most famous venue, the glorious Castle Leslie Estate, and indulging in an afternoon tipple by the fire or even a decadent overnight stay. The estate’s indulgent atmosphere is well worth partaking in, but our secret gem? Ambledown Tea Rooms just up the road. Serving coffee and buns by day, but rustic, authentic pizza by night – you won’t believe you’re not in Italy.
The North Coast’s popularity has sky-rocketed in recent years (thanks Game of Thrones), with Portrush, Portstewart and Ballycastle becoming regular hotspots for tourists. But one, still largely, hidden gem we can’t get enough of is Cushendun. Sitting just off the A2 coastal route, about 20 minutes south of Ballycastle, the seaside village is protected by the National Trust and it is this which has helped retain its unspoilt charm. Expect a traditional harbour, pubs and homely guesthouses, as well as the village’s main attraction – the Cushendun Goat (you have to see it to believe it). Our pick for lunch is Mary McBride’s Bar – you can’t miss it.
Folk culture and the great outdoors take centre-stage in Rostrevor with Kilbroney Forest Park the village’s star attraction. Nestled on the edge of the Mourne Mountains, visitors can embark on mountainous trails (walking or biking), soak up magnificent views over Carlingford, or even pitch up a tent and stay to camp, all under the watchful eye of The Cloghmore Stone, a 40 tonne granite boulder left there at the end of the last ice age. Rostrevor also boasts many pubs, self-catering cottages or traditional hotels – many set on the Kilbroney River which flows throughout the village. Our top tip? Pack the trainers. You’ll need them.
Abbey Insurance Brokers
No epic road trip is complete without great car insurance. Driving long distances means you are leaving your car exposed to a host of potential incidents, so having the right protection in place is essential. If you aren’t sure your car insurance covers everything you need it to, give one of our expert advisors a call on 08000 66 55 44.