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Bushmills, Co. Antrim

Located three miles south of Portrush, known for its distillery and for excellent fishing on the River Bush, Bushmills is an ideal spot from which to tour the north Antrim coast. 

The world famous Old Bushmills Distillery (+44 (0) 28 2073 1521, open all year) is the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery having received its licence to distil in 1608 and is devoted to the production of single malt Irish whiskey. 

The north Antrim coast has some magnificent sites to offer the visitor including the extraordinary geological feature, the Giants Causeway.  This world heritage site has spectacular cliffs and headlands faced with basalt columns, the area also includes a nature reserve, and the Causeway Visitor Centre (+44 (0) 28 2073 1855), which explains the geology of the area. 

Carrick a Rede rope bridge (+44 (0) 28 2076 9839, open March to October) is another must see, which has spanned the 60ft gap between the mainland and Carrick a Rede island for at least 200 years.  A walk along the cliff top path gives excellent views of Rathlin Island and the west coast of Scotland. 

The north Antrim coast is also home to one of Ireland’s most spectacularly sited castles, Dunluce Castle (+44 (0) 28 207 31938, open March to October), perched on a rock stack connected to the mainland by a wooden bridge; the oldest parts of the castle date back to the 14th century. 

Anglers can take advantage of the outstanding salmon and trout fishing available on the River Bush and the Lower Bann.   

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

Ballycastle Golf Club - Ballycastle County Antrim Northern Ireland
Ballycastle Golf Club
Ballycastle, Co. Antrim
Course Type: Links & Parkland
Ballycastle Golf Club is an 18 hole par 71 championship links & parkland golf course that plays off 5,927 yards from the back markers. Situated on the beautiful North Antrim coast of Northern Ireland between the world famous Causeway coast an ...
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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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Wedding
Drenagh
Limavady, Co. Londonderry
Situated in lovely countryside near Londonderry, the McCausland family’s fine Georgian manor dates back to 1830 and is one of the great houses of Northern Ireland. Designed by Sir Charles Lanyon, who engineered the scenic coast road between ...
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