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Ballymena, Co. Antrim

Located in central Antrim, in the pleasant valley of the River Braid, Ballymena is an important borough with a history of linen and other industries. 

The Saturday market dates back to 1626, and the most prominent feature of the surrounding country side is Slemish Mountain on the south side of the Braid Valley, which is the remainder of an extinct volcano, with fine views from the summit. 

The town is rich in local history including the shrine of St Patrick which is a place of pilgrimage and the Motte in Harryville which dates back the 12th Century. 

Ballymena golf club (0044 28 25 861 487) provides golfers with a flat heath land course with heather, gorse and lined with trees. 

Both Killylane Reservoir and Dungonnell Reservoir provide anglers with excellent trout fishing. 

Walking enthusiasts are spoilt for choice, with Slemish on the door step and a number of forests such as Portglenone Forest, Tardree Forest and Ballyboley Forest.

Gardens

2 Old Galgorm Road - Gardn Ballymena - County Antrim Northern Ireland
2 Old Galgorm Road
Ballymena, Co. Antrim
The gradualist approach has a lot of advantages when taking on a large garden and that is exactly the way the Glynns went about transforming their two and a half acres after they moved into their Victorian home 27 years ago. Each year they se ...
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Golf

Cushendall Golf Club - Cushendall County Antrim Northern Ireland
Cushendall Golf Club
Cushendall, Co. Antrim
Course Type: Parkland
Founded in 1937, this picturesque 9 hole golf course is bounded by the quaint village of Cushendall and the waves of Red Bay and nestles at the foot of stunning Glenballyeamon in the celebrated Glens of Antrim. The River Dall meanders throug ...
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Self Catering

Selfcatering
Ballealy Cottage
Ballealy Cottage is a 19th Century deerkeeper's cottage on the Shane's Castle estate, beside Lough Neagh, Co. Antrim. Set in a woodland by a stream, Ballealy presents a fairytale appearance of irregular gables and half-hipped roofs, edged with or ...
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What's On

Park Shopping Centre - Belfast - Thursdays
 Farmers Market - The Park Shopping Centre Belfast

Thursdays 10-4pm

Contact: Sean McArdle - 087 6115016 info@irishfarmersmarkets.ie

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Tourist Attractions

Sentry Hill & Visitor Centre - Newtownabbey County Antrim Northern Ireland
Sentry Hill & Visitor Centre
Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim
Sentry Hill is a 19th century farmhouse that together with its' contents provide a rare insight into life in rural Ulster during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Sentry Hill was the home of the McKinney family, who came to Ireland from Scot ...
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Wedding Venues

Wedding
Hastings Culloden Estate & Spa
Holywood, Co. Down
Formerly the official palace for the Bishops of Down, the Culloden is romantically set in beautifully maintained gardens and woodland overlooking Belfast Lough and the County Antrim coastline. The building is a fine example of 19th-century Sc ...
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