Explore – Antrim
Hosting a party featuring nature, giants and whiskey, Antrim would like to extend an you an invitation.
Things To Do
Taking its place on Ireland’s north-east corner, Antrim’s rugged coastline, unique natural features and vibrant city life are not to be missed. To its west lies Lough Neagh, the largest lake to be found in Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. According to legend it was created when Finn McCool tore out a piece of earth to throw at a retreating Scottish rival. He missed, but in one mythical act he created both Lough Neagh and the Isle of Man, which the projectile was named when it landed in the Irish channel. Outdoor activities such as fishing, canoeing, golfing and even skiing on the North’s only artificial ski slope are just a few of the ways to enjoy the scenery.
To the east, the Glens of Antrim open out to the sea and a dramatic coastline. The Glens, as they are known locally, provide evidence of Neolithic communities, with megalithic tombs in the uplands and the footprints of settlements by the coast. With a visitors book dating back 12000 years, there’s no shortage of recommendations. The popular seaside resorts of Portrush and Portstuart harbour idyllic views of the coast and welcoming pubs to savour them in.
To the north rests the iconic “Giant’s Causeway”. Often described as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ and Ireland’s first UNESCO World Heritage site, the Giant’s Causeway is a must see. The result of outpourings of volcanic basalt and the inspiration for myths involving giants and a bridge to Scotland. Geology and mythology in one convenient stop.
Two miles away, a different kind of outpouring and source of inspiration can be found at the Old Bushmills Distillery. Founded in 1608, it is the oldest licensed distillery in the world. A visit to Bushmills provides the rare opportunity to disguise drinking whiskey in the afternoon as research.
Antrim’s “big city” is Belfast and it has a flavour all its own. Enthusiastic in its re-invention, Belfast has transformed itself from a troubled city to a creative, fun, energetic hub. Warm, traditional pubs sit comfortably beside gourmet restaurants, nightclubs, theatres, shops and all the things a city can offer, offered with a fantastic accent.
Places To Stay
Hidden Ireland Historic Country Guest Houses
Bed and Breakfast
Marlagh Lodge is only thirty miles from the bustle of Belfast, yet is within easy reach of the glorious Glens of Antrim, Glenariff Forest Park, the famed rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede and, slightly further aﬁeld, the renowned Giant’s Causeway one of thewonders of the natural world. The lodge was built in the 1850’s and has recently been thoroughly and comfortably restored by its present owners, Robert and Rachel Thompson, both professional musicians. Rachel is a wonderful cook and breakfast is a feast of home-baked breads, fruits and porridge, along with the traditional Ulster Fry all made with the ﬁnest local produce.