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Groups of families walking up and down Slemish Mountain on St Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick's Day on Slemish Mountain

When you hear "Saint Patrick's Day" what do you think of? Parades? Pints of stout in Irish pubs? The green river in Chicago? What if we told you the lesser known tale of how Saint Patrick’s first home in Ireland was right here in Mid & East Antrim, a site that now welcomes hundreds of visitors every year on Saint Patrick’s day for a pilgrimage walk?!

Read on to learn more about Saint Patrick’s links to Slemish and discover how you can visit this stunning place any day of the year!

  • Groups of families walking up and down Slemish Mountain on St Patrick's Day

    Saint Patrick's Day on Slemish Mountain

    When you hear "Saint Patrick's Day" what do you think of? Parades? Pints of stout in Irish pubs? The green river in Chicago? What if we told you the lesser known tale of how Saint Patrick’s first home in Ireland was right here in Mid & East Antrim, a site that now welcomes hundreds of visitors every year on Saint Patrick’s day for a pilgrimage walk?!

    Read on to learn more about Saint Patrick’s links to Slemish and discover how you can visit this stunning place any day of the year!

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    Categories: Travel GuideThings To Do

    Coastal Getaways in Mid & East Antrim

    Welcome to our coastal haven in Mid & East Antrim, where the soothing symphony of crashing waves and the salty breeze create an idyllic retreat for those seeking tranquility by the water's edge. Nestled along the stunning Causeway Coastal Route, this region beckons with its unique blend of rugged landscapes, historic charm, and maritime allure.

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    Categories: Things To Do

    Post-Christmas Adventures in Mid & East Antrim

    Christmas is now behind us and we have a few days to make the most of, before the New Year celebrations begin. Some of us like to use this time to unwind, relax and decompress after the mayhem of Christmas, others like to get in some exercise and fresh air (and maybe work off a few of those mince pies and chocolates!). Whatever your preference, you'll find inspiration in our blog on post-Christmas Adventures in Mid & East Antrim...

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    Categories: Ancestral CottagesAutumn

    Autumn at Arthur Cottage

    Autumn has now come to a close and it's been another busy season at Arthur Cottage in Cullybackey, from a Mini club visit, to a pumpkin patch! Read Mary's latest blog for a seasonal round-up of the Autumn adventures at Arthur Cottage. 

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    Categories: Halloween

    Eerie Encounters in Mid & East Antrim

    From centuries old castles to secluded forests, join us on our Eerie Encounters blog, where every hidden nook and ancient stone wall conceals a tale waiting to be told...

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    Categories: Things To DoAutumn

    Cosy Pubs for Autumn Drinks in Mid & East Antrim

    Falling leaves, knitted sweaters, and watching the world go by with a drink in hand are all associated with fresh autumn days. Here, we share some cosy pubs for autumn drinks in Mid & East Antrim which we recommend visiting during your stay.

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    Categories: Ancestral CottagesSummer

    Summer at Arthur Cottage

    Sit back and read Mary's latest blog, a round-up of the Summer season just past at Arthur Cottage, and discover what's been happening at this fascinating ancestral home over the last few months; from the seasonal-inspired events, craft workshops and even TV appearances! 

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    Categories: Ancestral CottagesSpring

    Spring at Arthur Cottage

    Spring has well and truly sprung at Arthur Cottage in Cullybackey, where Mary has been busy tending the garden, growing and harvesting seasonal produce and meeting and greeting guests at this special cottage that holds so much history under its thatched roof. Read on to discover what Springtime delights await you at Arthur Cottage!

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    Categories: Travel Guide

    Rooted in Tradition - A Heritage Itinerary

    This land has a story to tell. A historic tale passed down through generations, through artefacts and ruins. Through folklore and ancient writings. Where etchings of the past reveal a deeper understanding. It’s a place for wandering through ancient castles, dandering through sleepy Georgian villages, hiking to cascading waterfalls, and making tracks of your own on a steam train experience. A place to contemplate those who shaped this unique corner of Ireland.

  • Causeway Coastal Route from above showing the coast road running alongside the sea
    Categories: Travel Guide

    Sea Spray - A Coastal Itinerary

    Take a road trip like no other. Blasted out from the sea cliffs that edge this beautiful land, our coastal road can take you from an imposing medieval fortress to a quaint fishing village where you once might have found a girl with no name.

    A Victorian seaside resort, stunning waterfalls and an epic cliff path that hugs the coastline awaits you in between. You wouldn't think we're only going to travel 30 miles.

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