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On the craft trail in Northern Ireland

We discover that there’s more to the famed Causeway Coastal Route than pretty landscapes.

Visitors to Northern Ireland are being offered the chance to see traditional crafts and meet skilled artisans.


With six workshops situated on or close by the famous Causeway Coastal Route, the économusée concept of artisans showcasing their trades in working museums is flourishing.


Game of Thrones jewellery


First stop should be the family-run Steensons Jewellers Economusée in Glenarm, which has made numerous pieces for Game of Thrones. Here, visitors have the rare opportunity to observe master goldsmiths hand-crafting exclusive jewellery collections from silver, gold, platinum and
precious gems.


Close by is the village of Loughguile on the edge of the scenic Glens of Antrim. This is the place to experience traditional hurl making and watch the Scullion family fashion fine ash wood hurls, a skill which has been passed through generations.


You can then explore the Scullion Hurls exhibition and learn about the history of the great Irish sport of hurling and the family connection behind it.


Ursa Minor bakehouse


The sourdough and friands (almond cakes) made at Ursa Minor, an artisan bakehouse, are legendary around the town of Ballycastle.


Discover how they work in the économusée storyboards below the on-site café. Or book a workshop or tour and the team will show you around, explain the bread making in more detail and let you get your hands in some dough.


Also in Ballycastle, Broughgammon Farm produces ethical goat kid meat, raised veal and seasonal wild game. The Cole family, who run the farm, offer a range of tours, classes and workshops that fully explore farming, butchery, food production and sustainable rural skills.


Another foodie experience can be found at the Broighter Gold Economusée near Limavady, which make an award-winning cold pressed rapeseed oil.


Image Geoff Telford photography


The Kane family grows their crops on the field where the Broighter Hoard, a priceless collection of Irish gold artefacts from the Iron Age, was discovered.


At their workshop you can see the oilseed rape transformed into a crystal clear golden liquid. Wander through the exhibition area and take a bottle of the oil to enjoy at home.


The Hillstown Brewery Economusée in Randalstown features craft beer. Watch the artisans working in the brewery and discover the different grains and hops used in each of their award-winning beers.


Experience the brewing process, talk to the brewers and find out how they produce the wide range of Hillstown craft beers.


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Written by: Traveltalk Magazine
Published: 14 February 2019

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