Special Events to visit in North West of Ireland in Summer 2017

It’s true, the Irish love a party, and celebration is an important part of Irish culture, whether you come from the North or the South. If you plan on visiting Northern Ireland this summer, then probably the best way to see it is to travel by coach. A good coach tour will generally cover most of the important events of a particular season, so it’s worth checking out some of what’s on offer.

Irish Open Golf Tournament

If you’re a golf fan or player and visiting Northern Ireland in July, then this tournament is not to be missed. Billed as the largest golf tournament in Ireland and one of the biggest and best supported on the European Tour, this as an important event for both players and fans. Taking place between the 6th and 9th of July, some of the best golfers in the world will be competing around the Portstewart Golf Club links course for the title won last year by Rory McIlroy.

The Vauxhall Northwest International 200

If you are travelling to Northern Ireland this May and you like racing, this is one of the best events of the season. This really is a spectacular race, and over the years motorcycle fans have made it one of their top events. If vintage is your thing, the event also hosts vintage and classic car shows, so you can watch and drool to your heart’s content. This event attracts thousands of people every year, so it’s always best to book well in advance of your actual trip. Kids will enjoy the firework display, and there are hospitality tents for the hungry and thirsty.

The Auld Lamas Fair

The Auld Lamas Fair takes place in the Ballycastle area of Northern Ireland in August; specifically the last Monday and Tuesday in the month. The fair has a centuries-old pedigree, and is a mixture of events and scores of market stalls for visitors to enjoy. The market plays host to four hundred or more stalls, offering various things from collector’s items to toys and bric-a-brac. There are street competitions and amusements, and the event lasts for two days. If you want to enjoy everything that this fair has to offer, then you will need overnight accommodation. If you are on a coach tour, than the tour organisers will take care of the practicalities.

Heart of the Glens

Northern Ireland’s Heart of the Glens festival has been going for 27 years. and is one of the most popular events in the country. The festival takes place over the course of a week, opening with a fire display, and ending with a theme night on the Friday of that week. This year the festival, with its artisan market, runs from the 5th to the 13th of August. If you want to experience the best of what Irish festivities have to offer, then book a summer trip.

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