Ballymoney, Co. Antrim
19km (12 m) inland, this busy market town offers visitors good shopping, water sports on the River Bann and excellent game fishing.
Walkers will enjoy Slieveanorra Forest, with four plots of a rare raised bog, full of plant life and bird life. Ballymoney Riverside Park (0044 28 27 662 280) offers walkers 20 acres of parkland with riverside walks and picnicking.
Leslie Open Farm (0044 28 27 666 803) offers visitors the opportunity to have a look around their exhibition of farming culture through the ages, with farm animals, a walled garden and nature trails.
Benvarden Garden and Grounds (0044 28 20 741 331) is also well worth a visit, as it includes a walled garden which dates back to 1788 and has beautiful rose beds, a well stocked kitchen garden, a cobbled stable yard and tea room.
Movanagher Fish Farm (0044 28 20 540 533) is an interesting place to stop as it offers visitors guided tours of the farm which includes a slide presentation, and visits to the incubator, hatchery and pools.
The local area has lots of historical places of interest to visit such as Chi Rho stone at Drumaquern, which is the most ancient Christian symbol in the borough and dates from the 4th Century.
Devrock Church is interesting as there was a stone found in the church which dated back to the 1st Century AD and nearby is Lissanoure Lake, a pretty lake fringed with woods and the ruins of the 13th Century Lissanoure Castle.