Magne, Norwegian in Northern Ireland

Portrush Golf Club on Antrim's north coast

Magne Haugseng, born in south-western Norway first saw Northern Ireland in 1973. He has been returning several times a year ever since, until finally settling here about ten years ago.

Based on the spectacular north coast of County Antrim, Magne feels it is very much like parts of Norway, but with a thriving pub culture full of genuine local music, guided food trails to the best artisan food and a wide range of craft breweries. Magne recommends Fairhead Gold, a locally brewed wheat beer that is hard to beat.

Magne at Dunseverick Castle on the International Appalachian Trail in Northern Ireland
Magne at Dunseverick Castle on the International Appalachian Trail in Northern Ireland

Small wonder the Vikings liked the area so much! This is an area steeped in history...

Small wonder the Vikings liked the area so much! This is an area steeped in history; castles at Dunluce, Dunseverick and Kinbane; a famous Spanish Armada galleon sunk off Lacada Head... Magne discovered that memories of maritime links to Norway still exist. Locals still sail a rowing boat known as the Drontheim. First introduced around 150 years ago by Norwegian timber traders, replicas are still in use. The craft tradition in Ireland, North and South was brought in to a European network by Magne and his Norwegian partners. The Économusée Northern Europe network captures some of the best artisan produce, ranging from superb rapeseed oil to ceramics or the Norwegian Oselvar rowing boats.


Magne, Norwegian in Northern Ireland

As if all this was not enough to attract any visitor interested in real landscapes, food and history; Magne’s area is also ideal for walking! He has worked a number of years to link a walking trail stretching from the western tip of Donegal to the ferry port of Larne to the International Appalachian Trail. Never far from a welcoming little village, this is a great place to walk; no snakes even! The trail winds its way past scenes used in the famous TV series Game of Thrones and the spectacular Unesco site at Giant’s Causeway. Rain or shine, this is the place to be. Walking through the Glenelli Valley when the blackberries are ripe, shows just what nature’s larder has to offer!

And finally just to mention another of his out and out favourites: the local Whiskey! A Special Tasting Session has to be included in any trip to the area. Bushmills is a great option for this. Or, if you prefer gin, why not try Shortcross gin in Rademon estate distillery

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