Co. Antrim, North

The Antrim Coast may be timeless in its beauty, but today its picturesque ports are enjoying the fruits of restoration and development at places as various as Ballycastle, Glenarm and Carrickfergus.

With its boundaries naturally defined by the sea, the River Bann, the extensive lake of Lough Neagh, and the River Lagan, County Antrim has always had a strong sense of its own clearcut geographical identity. This is further emphasised by the extensive uplands of the Antrim Plateau, wonderful for the sense of space with the moorland rising to heights such as Trostan (551m) and the distinctive Slemish (438m), famed for its association with St Patrick.

The plateau eases down to fertile valleys and bustling inland towns such as Ballymena, Antrim and Ballymoney, while the coastal towns ring the changes between the traditional resort of Portrush in the far north, the ferryport of Larne in the east, and historic Carrickfergus in the south.

In the spectacularly beautiful northeast of the county, the most rugged heights of the Plateau are softened by the nine Glens of Antrim, havens of beauty descending gently from the  moorland down through small farms to hospitable villages clustered at the shoreline, and connected by the renowned Antrim Coast Road.

Between these sheltered bays at the foot of the Glens, the sea cliffs of the headlands soar with remarkable rock formations which, on the North Coast, provide the setting for the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and the Giant's Causeway. From the charming town of Ballycastle, Northern Ireland's only inhabited offshore island of Rathlin is within easy reach by ferry, a mecca for ornithologists and perfect for days away from the pressures of mainstream life.

Local Attractions and Information

Antrim town Lough Neagh cruises +44 (0)28 94 481312

Antrim town Shanes Castle +44 (0)28 94 428216

Antrim town Tourism Information +44 (0)28 94 428331

Ballycastle Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge +44 (0)28 20 731582

Ballymena Tourism Information +44 (0)28 25 660300

Ballymoney (Dervock) Benvarden Garden +44 (0)28 20 741331

Ballymoney Leslie Hill Open Farm +44 (0)28 27 666803

Bushmills Antrim Coast and Glens +44 (0)28 20 731582

Bushmills Irish Whiskey-World's Oldest Distillery +44 (0)28 20 731521

Carnlough AlwaysIreland Activity Holidays +44 (0)28 28 885995

Carrickfergus Castle +44 (0)28 93 351273

Carrickfergus Waterfront +44 (0)28 93 366455

Carrickfergus Andrew Jackson Centre +44 (0)28 93 366455

Dunluce Castle Visitor Centre +44 (0)28 20 731938

Giants Causeway +44 (0)28 20 731855

Giants Causeway & Bushmills Railway +44 (0)28 20 741157

Glenariff Forest Park +44 (0)28 21 758232

Larne Carnfunnock Country Park +44 (0)28 28 270451

Larne Ferryport +44 (0)28 28 872100

Larne Tourism Information +44 (0)28 28 260088

Lisburn Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum +44 (0)28 92 663377

Lisburn Tourism Information +44 (0)28 92 660038

Portrush Tourism Information +44 (0)28 70 823333

Rathlin Island Ferries +44 (0)28 20 769299

Rathlin Island Visitor Centre +44 (0)28 20 763951

Templepatrick Patterson's Spade Mill +44 (0)28 94 433619

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

Tourist Attractions

Mid Antrim Museum at The Braid - Ballymena County Antrim Northern Ireland
Mid Antrim Museum at The Braid
Ballymena, Co. Antrim
Named after the river that runs through Ballymena, the Braid weaves together history, arts and culture alongside contemporary conference, tourism and civic facilities on a site that has been for centuries the centre of local civic life. From ...

Wedding Venues

Wedding
Ardtara Country House
Upperlands, Co. Londonderry
Ardtara is an elegantly decorated Victorian country house with well-proportioned rooms, antique furnishings and fresh flowers - and, with a choice of churches in the area and wedding blessings possible at Ardtara, it makes a lovely wedding venues ...
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