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.