If you go to Bushmills, go on a weekday as the stills and bottling hall are empty at the weekend. The best way to get either to or from Bushmills is the coast road (A2) and take every scenic detour you are offered. Whilst on the north coast, you can visit the Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, various ruined castles on rocks, Mussenden Temple, etc. There is also an excellent forest park in one of the Glens of Antrim.
In Belfast, the best whisky shop is The Vineyard on Ormeau Road - but it would be eclipsed by even a modest whisky shop in Scotland. You must visit the Crown Bar in Belfast - a C19th Gin Palace owned by the National Trust. Kelly's Cellars, Pat's Bar or Maddens offer good basic bars - sometimes with music in Maddens. I have not been back to Belfast since they tore down the old Kitchen Bar, but people have said the new one is worth looking at.
You can take a trip out to Stormont, which is an impressive sight but you won't get into the building. The river area has improved greatly in recent years. Also worth going to Botanic Gardens and seeing the Tropical Ravine, Palm House, etc.
If time permits, you can also have a very nice drive down theArds peninsula to Portaferry and get the ferry across to Strangford - and thence to the Mourne mountains and Carlingford, where there is a spirit grocer (PJ O'Hare). Alternatively, a day trip to the Marble Arch Caves and Fermanagh Lakeland is good. Visit Blakes Bar in Enniskillen.
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