I hope you enjoyed my photo diary from the amazing Culloden Estate & Spa! While I was in Northern Ireland I didn’t just stay in the spa, I also did a bit of sight-seeing of Hillsborough Castle, Mount Stewart House and I discovered the beautiful views around the area of Strangford Lough. I highly recommend that if you want to visit different areas in the same day, to either rent a car or take a mini-van/taxi as the prices are not that high and you can get a better insight as the drivers are mainly locals! You can get the most beautiful views and hear small stories and anecdotes regarding the villages and the places you are visiting.
The first stop of my trip was Hillsborough Castle – with its beautiful history starting from 1600 and 96 acres of beautiful gardens; it is a must see attraction of Northern Ireland! If you arrive there, you should defiantly try visiting the State Rooms, the Downshire Gallery and before going to visit the lovely village of Hillsborough, you should definitely have an afternoon tea in one of the elegant state rooms overlooking the grounds! After the lovely tour, I went to discover the village of Hillsborough and we had lunch at The Plough Inn, which is just around the corner from the Hillsborough Castle.
The next stop of my trip was at the Ballymorran Bay where I have met Tracey Jeffrey! She is a Food Tour Guide so, if you ever want to go on a culinary trip in Northern Ireland, she is the best person to contact! We were invited in her house, where we have learned how to cook – Soda Bread, Treacle Bread, Potato and Champ Bread and tasted her amazing Fruit Soda Cake! I have never thought I would enjoy getting covered in flour and learn how to make house bread – but now I am a pro! I haven’t left her house barehanded –
Here there are the main recipes I have learned during my time with Tracey!
Soda Bread and Treacle Bread
#Mount Stewart House
One of days we left the hotel and we went to Mount Stewart House which is one of the main sights you need to see if you arrive in Northern Ireland. The house is mainly known for its breathtaking gardens, hallmark of Edith, Lady Londonderry, thousands of different plants, wild life and the historical vibe reveal its fascinating heritage.
Thank you so much Tourism Ireland for such a lovely experience!
To visit or find out more go to www.ireland.com.