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Ballycastle, Co. Antrim

Ballycastle, a friendly market town on the beautiful north-eastern corner of Co Antrim, has a museum (028 207 62942) on Castle Street which will be of interest to visitors who are curious about the folk and social history of the Glens of Antrim (open daily Jul-Aug, otherwise by arrangement; free entry), and a growing number of restaurants and bars.

This attractive market town and seaside resort is a friendly spot to stop whilst touring the North Antrim coast and is well know for the Lammas Fair which is held over the August bank holiday weekend. 

The town itself is two kilometres inland and is connected with the harbour by a wide tree planted Avenue. 

Murlough Bay, a National Trust reserve (0044 028 43 751 467) is nearby and includes the ruins of an ancient church, with rare plants in abundance. 

Carrick a rede rope bridge (0044 28 20 731 855) is also close by and is a must for any visitor to the area.  There has been a roe bridge there for at least 200 years and visitors will enjoy the cliff top path with excellent views. 

The Bonamargy Franciscan Friary is a local historical point of interest, which retains much of an impressive fine east window and a fine tomb; Friars used the church through much of the 17th Century. 

Walking enthusiasts will enjoy the both the Ballycastle Forest and the Ballypatrick Forest which includes pony trekking trails and an archaeological site. 

The Watertop Family activity centre (0044 28 20 762 576) is an enjoyable place to visit and offers pony trekking, farm tours, fishing, boating, nature walks and a farm museum. 

Gardens

Benvarden - Garden Ballymoney County Antrim Northern Ireland
Benvarden
Ballymoney, Co. Antrim
Two of the more colourful associations with Benvarden concern a previous owner known as ‘Half Hanged McNaughton’ and the lions roaring from the far side of the River Bush. None of this disturbs the serenity of the two acre walled ...
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Golf

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Royal Portrush Golf Club
Portrush, Co. Antrim
Course Type: Links
Royal Portrush Golf Club was formed in 1888 and in terms of tradition, it is hard not to be impressed with the famous Co Antrim links. The fact is that most of the world's great players, men and women, have savoured the delights of this superb t ...
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Self Catering

Maddybenny Farm - Self Catering
Maddybenny Mews
Portrush, Co. Antrim
Just two miles from Portrush, the White family's Plantation Period farmhouse was built before 1650. Since extended, and now modernised, the six self catering mews style cottages make a very comfortable place to stay, with a family-run equestrian ...
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What's On

Origin Farmers Market Ballymoney - Co Antrim - Last Saturday Each Month
Origin Farmers Market Ballymoney - Castlecroft, Main Street

Last Saturday of month 11-2pm

Contact: Joanne McLaughlin, Ballymoney Town Centre Mgt - 00 44 (0)28 2766 0238
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Tourist Attractions

Giants Causeway - Ballintoy County Antrim Northern Ireland
Giants Causeway
Bushmills, Co. Antrim
Volcanic activity 60 million years ago led to the formation of the 38,000 basalt columns that make up the Giant's Causeway. Hexagonal in shape, the stones stretch far out into sea and some stand as tall as 36ft (12m). The site has attracted i ...
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