Olga's Guidebook

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Olga's Guidebook

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This shop is literally a 2 minute walk from the cottage and has everything you need for your stay including a petrol station, cash machine, a deli counter, an off licence and a large shop. It opens early, about 7am and closes late, around 10pm, so a great asset for your holiday.
Centra Foodmarket
1A Glenavy Road
This shop is literally a 2 minute walk from the cottage and has everything you need for your stay including a petrol station, cash machine, a deli counter, an off licence and a large shop. It opens early, about 7am and closes late, around 10pm, so a great asset for your holiday.
You can drive to Moira Railway Station in about 10 minutes (it’s not as far as Moira and just off the A26), and you can park your car from free and get the train to Belfast (it takes 22mins) or in the other direction towards Portadown.
Moira Train Station
You can drive to Moira Railway Station in about 10 minutes (it’s not as far as Moira and just off the A26), and you can park your car from free and get the train to Belfast (it takes 22mins) or in the other direction towards Portadown.
Belfast International Airport is about a 25 minutes car journey so perfect if you’re flying into their airport to start your holiday.
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Belfast International Airport
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Belfast International Airport is about a 25 minutes car journey so perfect if you’re flying into their airport to start your holiday.
Food scene
Make sure you book in advance as it’s very popular. Chris McGowan is a Northern Ireland native who has returned home after a long stint in the UK where he worked at Richard Corrigan’s London restaurants for 12 years. Prior to that, he was Sous Chef for Pierre Koffmann at La Tante Claire, and spent nearly five years working for Gary Rhodes before that. Wine and Brine is his first restaurant which he opened with his wife Davina. It’s on the Main Street in Moira in a Georgian-fronted building. The clue is in the name. It showcases pickled, brined and fermented foods using Northern Irish produce with a lot of ingenuity and flair. Snacks are around £3-4, starters at £6-9 and mains at around £10-£17 from a seasonally driven menu that changes on a weekly basis.
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Wine and Brine
115 Main St
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Make sure you book in advance as it’s very popular. Chris McGowan is a Northern Ireland native who has returned home after a long stint in the UK where he worked at Richard Corrigan’s London restaurants for 12 years. Prior to that, he was Sous Chef for Pierre Koffmann at La Tante Claire, and spent nearly five years working for Gary Rhodes before that. Wine and Brine is his first restaurant which he opened with his wife Davina. It’s on the Main Street in Moira in a Georgian-fronted building. The clue is in the name. It showcases pickled, brined and fermented foods using Northern Irish produce with a lot of ingenuity and flair. Snacks are around £3-4, starters at £6-9 and mains at around £10-£17 from a seasonally driven menu that changes on a weekly basis.
Award winning and great place to eat. Based near Aghalee which is about a 5min drive from the cottage.
Clenaghans Restaurant
48 Soldierstown Road
Award winning and great place to eat. Based near Aghalee which is about a 5min drive from the cottage.
Another restaurant about 5mins from the cottage (just go on the A26 and head towards Moira and you’ll see signs on the right hand side). Delicious food and a quiet setting so always a favourite.
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The Alchemy
6 Chestnut Hill Rd
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Another restaurant about 5mins from the cottage (just go on the A26 and head towards Moira and you’ll see signs on the right hand side). Delicious food and a quiet setting so always a favourite.
Good old pub grub in Moira (about 10mins from cottage by car) and they run pub quizzes and do a great Sunday lunch. Worth checking out. Due to licence laws, kids are not allowed in a pub after 9pm.
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Pretty Mary's
86 Main St
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Good old pub grub in Moira (about 10mins from cottage by car) and they run pub quizzes and do a great Sunday lunch. Worth checking out. Due to licence laws, kids are not allowed in a pub after 9pm.
Great food, atmosphere and friendly staff. Always a popular spot for a bite to eat or a quick drink.
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The StillHouse Moira
61 Main St
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Great food, atmosphere and friendly staff. Always a popular spot for a bite to eat or a quick drink.
Days Out With Kids
A beautiful nature reserve with good open spaces to let the kids run free and enjoy the open air and freshness. Always a lovely day out and they often run educational events for the kids. From cottage, head to motorway and then right towards Craigavon. About 20mins drive.
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Oxford Island Nature Reserve
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A beautiful nature reserve with good open spaces to let the kids run free and enjoy the open air and freshness. Always a lovely day out and they often run educational events for the kids. From cottage, head to motorway and then right towards Craigavon. About 20mins drive.
It’s just one of those most see places if you haven’t been to Northern Ireland before. It’s a lovely walk from the visitor centre down to the Giant’s Causeway but it’s on the coast so wrap up warm as it can be a little windy. From the cottage, head towards Antrim and then pick up the motorway to the north Antrim coast. About 50 mins drive from the cottage.
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Giants Causeway
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It’s just one of those most see places if you haven’t been to Northern Ireland before. It’s a lovely walk from the visitor centre down to the Giant’s Causeway but it’s on the coast so wrap up warm as it can be a little windy. From the cottage, head towards Antrim and then pick up the motorway to the north Antrim coast. About 50 mins drive from the cottage.
What Where When Why & How - this is a fun and interactive science museum over several floors. A great day out and a full day so get there early to explore and learn. In Belfast so about a 25min journey by car.
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W5
2 Queens Quay
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What Where When Why & How - this is a fun and interactive science museum over several floors. A great day out and a full day so get there early to explore and learn. In Belfast so about a 25min journey by car.
Things To Do
A beautiful theatre that was completely renovated in 2021 to bring back it’s original glory. You can check out the www.goh.co.uk website to see what’s on and hopefully secure some last minute tickets.
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The Grand Opera House
2-4 Great Victoria Street
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A beautiful theatre that was completely renovated in 2021 to bring back it’s original glory. You can check out the www.goh.co.uk website to see what’s on and hopefully secure some last minute tickets.