Advertisement Feature: Cross over to the Causeway Coast and Glens

Sometimes the best breaks are the ones that are a little bit closer to home. Causeway Coast and Glens in Northern Ireland is one of these.

Easily accessible from Scotland by ferry, it's a delight just waiting to be discovered. And only an hour away.

The coast itself is stunning. If you take your car, you could be in for what has been described as 'one of the world's great road trips'. The area is simply gorgeous, calling it an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty doesn't do it justice. It's better than that. And once you're out of your car, there are loads of activities for you to do. The coast and rural countryside are perfect for all sorts of outdoor pursuits from cycling and walking to horse riding and fishing. Experiencing the legendary Giant's Causeway and the famous Carrick a Rede rope bridge will remain with you for the rest of your life.

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There's plenty more to do in the beautiful towns and villages too, like the brand new Dalriada Festival. It's held in the shadow of Glenarm Castle in Glenarm on 17th-19th June. This family friendly festival is a celebration of Scottish and Irish cultures. You'll be able to experience the very best of them at the show's Festival of Music, Festival of Food and Festival of Sport. Tourism Activity Providers abound so if you want to get active then canoeing, horse riding, water skiing and sea fishing (to name but a few) are all available.

The region is also renowned for its golf with its great Links and Parkland courses from Ballyclare to Royal Portrush. Amateur and professional golfers alike will be challenged and charmed by the variety of the area's golfing opportunities.

If you want to savour some traditional Irish culture, the Ould Lammas Fair is perfect. It's one of the oldest fairs in Ireland and takes place in Ballycastle on 29th-30th August. There'll be livestock sales and hundreds of stalls selling everything from souvenirs and bric-a-brac to traditional foods.

The region hosts a range of festivals and events throughout the year and when you stroll to the local pub for your lunch or evening meal don't be surprised if you find a storyteller, traditional singer or traditional musician mid performance.

The Irish Game Fair is held in Shanes Castle from 25-26 June. It's the nation's largest country sports and lifestyle event and a brilliant family day out. If you've never seen clay pigeon shooting or horse racing in action, now's your chance. And with a huge tented village of exhibitions and pavilions, you'll also be able to sample fine food and drinks, browse art and antiques and even visit the eco village to find out more about a greener lifestyle.

Actually getting across to Northern Ireland is simple with P&O Ferries. You can sail from either Cairnryan or Troon to Larne, north of Belfast. Troon is just 35 minutes from Glasgow and Cairnryan not much further. The route from Cairnryan features their Superferries, perfect for a leisurely cruise across with your car. There's a great choice of bars and restaurants on board and loads for the kids to enjoy in their own special area. Or you can go fast from Cairnryan on the P&O Express fastcraft service. You'll be on the other side of the Irish Sea in just 1 hour.

WIN a luxury break and see for yourself.

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Causeway Coast & Glens and P&O Ferries are giving you the chance to enter a very special competition and see the area in all its glory.You could win a 2-night luxury break for two with bed, full Irish breakfast plus one dinner at the 4-star Galgorm Resort and Spa hotel. Enjoy a 30 minute spa treatment and full access to the award-winning Thermal Spa and Fitness Suite.

This prize also includes ferry travel from Scotland. To enter, all you need to do is visit our website:

and click to enter.

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This advertisement is part funded by the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme.