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5 best places to staycation in Northern Ireland

2018 has been dubbed the year of the staycation, with statistics showing that we are spending nearly £13 billion on staycations each year.

With holidays closer to home clearly the popular choice, we’ve rounded up five tempting staycation options:

1. Mountain Sky Glamping (Derry-Londonderry)

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Surrounded by the beautiful Sperrin Mountains and situated just twenty minutes from the buzzing city of Derry-Londonderry, Mountain Sky Glamping gives holidaymakers the opportunity to embrace a sense of farm life and experience the great outdoors.

Situated beside the working Ash Park Farm, and with easy accessibility to stunning walks and beaches, a truly unique experience is on offer at this Glamping location.

Prices start from £258 for a weekend stay for a maximum of 6 people.  For more info visit www.mountainskyglamping.com

2. Lough Erne Resort (Enniskillen)

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Lough Erne Resort in Enniskillen (Tourism NI)

Nestled in tranquil surroundings, 5-star hotel Lough Erne Resort is the perfect choice for those who want to indulge in a little luxury. 

The resort has a range of unique Summer packages in conjunction with Fermanagh Lakelands, with activities on offer including a tour of the stunning Marble Arch Caves or a cruise with the famous Erne Water Taxi.

All packages include access to the award-winning Thai Spa and the Collop Walk around the picturesque resort grounds, as well as a luxurious breakfast curated by famed chef Noel McMeel. 

The ‘Fermanagh Family Fun’ package is tailored especially for families with activities such as fishing, swimming, arts and crafts, and a dedicated games room, Ernie’s Den on offer to keep the kids occupied and parents relaxed.  

Available midweek from the discounted price of £310 / £280 / £269 per night, based on two adults and two children under 12.                                                              

For further information on these and more packages visit lougherneresort.com or phone 028 6632 32 30.

3. Blackrock House (Portrush)

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For a perfect stay at the scenic North Cost, look no further than Blackrock House- Portrush’s first 5-star Bed and Breakfast. 

This pretty coastal B&B offers easy accessibility to West Bay beach, Royal Portrush Golf Club, Old Bushmills Whiskey Distillery and the Giant’s Causeway. Combining modern comforts with coastal décor, Blackrock House provides a perfect base from which to explore the North Coast.  

Prices for a 2 night stay starting at €185 per person, including a Local Irish Whiskey welcome drink option. For further information visit www.blackrockbandbportrush.com.

4. Ten Square Hotel (Belfast)

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An ideal choice for a short break in the heart of the city, Ten Square Hotel is just steps from the City Hall, Belfast Waterfront and the Victoria Square shopping hub. 

Experience the city’s booming food and drink industry, with the hotel having easy accessibility to the lively Cathedral Quarter area, just a 15 minute walk away. 

Ten Square Hotel’s boutique-style décor is sure to delight, with a number of packages incorporating local tourist attractions.

Time for Tourists tour available from £185 per night. For further info see www.tensquare.co.uk.

5. The Jungle NI (Magherafelt)

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For the thrill seekers, The Jungle NI provides a wide range of award-winning outdoor activities. 

The Jungle NI were Northern Ireland’s first Paintballing site, as well as being the first to introduced the thrills of Zorbing to Ireland and are the proud owners of Ireland’s first High Wire Tree Top Adventure Course. 

The Jungle’s yurts offer everything you need for a comfortable escape in the wilds. After a day of adventuring, guests can enjoy the BBQ facilities on site before camping down in a cosy bed in one of the yurts.

From £15 per person per night (Minimum £60 Pod Payment) with Glamping Pods at a flat rate of £120 per pod on Saturdays throughout June, July and August.

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