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  1. A couple of hikers sitting on a gate admiring the view of Slemish in the background
    Slemish Mountain is about 1,500 feet above sea level and is located close to Broughshane in County Antrim. It is the legendary home of Saint Patrick and is actually the central core of an extinct volcano. Hike to the top and enjoy fantastic views!
    1. This award winning beach is located in Ballygally, 10km north of Larne town on the beautiful Causeway Coastal Route and is perfect for a short walk to blow the cobwebs away or to build sand castles with the kids or to even enjoy a quick swim!
      1. Path through the forest with green trees and loads of bluebells
        Portglenone Forest continues a history of tree cover on this site established since records began. As such, the 26 hectare main area contains extensive colonies of ancient woodland flower species.
      2. Couple enjoying a pint of Guinness in Mattie's Bar
        This is one of the region's oldest traditional pubs. Call in after a day of adventure and enjoy fresh home cooked food complimented with the finest selection of beers, wines and spirits.
        Get Outdoors in Mid & East Antrim

        Highlights

        Walks at Carnfunnock Country Park
        LocationLarne

        A whole host of great walks on offer through the picturesque surroundings of Carnfunnock Country…

        Gleno Waterfall Walk
        LocationGleno

        This walk has many steps. The steps meander up and down the sides of this moist valley to enable…

        Skernaghan Point
        LocationIslandmagee

        This is a path that goes over a variety of uneven terrain including a grassy field and a rocky…

        Whitehead Diamond Jubilee Wood
        LocationWhitehead

        A delightful short walk through recently planted woodland

        Glenarm Coast Walk
        LocationGlenarm

        This is a 500m linear walk between two car parks, with no turnoffs or obstacles on the way.

        Portmuck

        Tranquil harbour and dramatic coastal walk

        Ramble with Robert
        LocationBallygally

        Join Antrim Glens native and trained tour guide Robert Stewart, on a relaxing hike around the hills…

        River Bann Tours
        LocationPortglenone

        River Bann Tours offer boat trips on the Lower Bann based at Portglenone Marina. Tickets can be…

        Layde Walk
        LocationGlenarm

        A short walk through the streets of Glenarm village.

        Whitehead promenade with coloured houses and old outdoor swimming pool
        LocationCarrickfergus

        Whitehead is a Victorian seaside town five miles north of Carrickfergus with commanding views…

        Walkers looking over cliff top at Sallagh Braes
        LocationBallygally

        A stunning short walk across exposed hillside, leading to and along the edge of the dramatic…

        Cranny Falls
        LocationCarnlough

        A gentle walk uphill

        Trout Tours NI
        LocationLarne

        Trout Tours NI are based in the seaport and market town of Larne, County Antrim. We have a passion…

        Carnfunnock Woodland Walk
        LocationLarne

        One of a whole host of great walks on offer through the picturesque surroundings of Carnfunnock…

        S51 Airsoft Northern Ireland
        LocationCarrickfergus

        Join us at Forest Fitness for an unforgettable adventure, with a range of activities from airsoft…

        Antrim Hills Way
        LocationGlenarm

        Across scenic hill-tops

        Blackhead Lighthouse & Coastal Path
        LocationWhitehead

        A short and delightful circular walk from the picturesque seaside town of Whitehead, around the…

        Causeway Fisher Fishing Trips
        LocationCarnlough

        Hop aboard the Causeway Fisher and enjoy a 3 hour fishing trip out of Carnlough or Glenarm (subject…

        Carnfunnock Biodiversity Walk
        LocationLarne

        One of a whole host of great walks on offer through the picturesque surroundings of Carnfunnock…

        Straidkilly Walk
        LocationCarnlough

        Mainly a hazel woodland walk, with areas of grassy clearings full of meadow flowers, best seen in…

        Gobbins
        LocationCarrickfergus

        Create life-long memories and discover hidden gems along the coast, cruising from Carrickfergus…

        image of 3  paddleboarders kneeling on boards in water in front of Carrickfergus Castle.
        LocationCarrickfergus

        Learn stand up paddle boarding in the picturesque old harbour at Carrickfergus Castle, on the main…

        Slemish Mountain Hike
        LocationBroughshane

        Steep rocky track

        Woodburn Reservoirs
        LocationBallycarry

        Wading is permitted but care should be taken as this can be dangerous when the water is at certain…

        Make A Night Of It

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        Lilyscape at Whitehead
        LocationCarrickfergus

        Situated in pretty Whitehead our one bedroom apartment is the perfect base for your stay in…

        The Cullybackey Cottage
        LocationBallymena
        Baythorn House
        LocationLarne
        Russellstown Cottage
        LocationBallymena

        Comfortably furnished semi detached rural cottage in peaceful and picturesque location. With…

        Adair Arms Hotel
        LocationBallymena

        The Adair Arms Hotel offers an extensive menu made up of a variety of dishes, using the best local…

        Loughside Farm self catering
        LocationCarrickfergus

        Situated only 1 mile from the exhilarating and dramatic Gobbins Cliff Path and at the Gateway to…

        Blackhead Cutter
        LocationCarrickfergus

        Once the guardian of Belfast's glory days of shipping, Blackhead guided many great ships on their…

        Weavers Cottage
        LocationBallymena

        Weavers Cottage is set in a smallholding in the County Antrim countryside. A rural hideaway…

        Sunbeam
        LocationBallymena

        Sunbeam Cottage was built in 1856 and once owned by the 1st earl of Antrim. Over the years it has…

        Further.Space Pods at Glenarm Castle
        LocationGlenarm

        The pods are part of your holiday. Each is individually decorated, reflecting the surroundings, but…

        Seaview Cottage on the Island
        LocationLarne

        Seaview Cottage is situated on the beautiful peninsula of Islandmagee located at the start of the…

        The Wee House
        LocationWhitehead

        Known as the Wee House, this lovely terraced cottage just outside the seaside town of Whitehead…

        Derrin House
        LocationLarne

        Derrin House is a beautifully appointed, award winning Bed and Breakfast (B&B) offering four star…

        Lisnafillan Lodge
        LocationBallymena

        Early 1800's house in peaceful rural setting 3 miles from Ballymena town centre. Near Galgorm and…

        The Boat House Ballygally
        LocationLarne

        A unique self catering family holiday hideaway on the world famous Antrim coast road, overlooking a…

        Barbican
        LocationGlenarm

        Romantic in appearance and setting, and approached by a bridge over the Glenarm river, the Barbican…

        Molly's Cottage
        LocationLarne
        Rosspark Hotel
        LocationBallymena

        Situated in 10 acres of grounds in the beautiful County Antrim countryside within easy reach of the…

        Gortnagory Carnlough
        LocationBallymena

        A fantastic recently renovated property located just on the edge of Carnlough village within a…

        Byrestown Cottage
        LocationBallymena

        Byrestown Cottage is located on a small farm, close to the village of Kells and the town of…

        The Coach House
        LocationCullybackey
        The Hayloft Apartments - 2 Bedroom Sleeps 4
        LocationLarne

        The apartments set in an elevated rural location provide beautiful countryside views and private…

        Ahoy
        LocationCarrickfergus

        This beautifully presented ground floor apartment is fully equipped to an excellent standard and…

        Mollys House Whitehead Self Catering
        LocationCarrickfergus

        Having a weekend break or longer? Molly´s House is an ideal holiday home base in Whitehead. The…

        Enjoy our finest Food & Drink

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        Dining area within Curran Court Hotel restaurant with a purple and pink decor.
        LocationLarne

        For over four decades, The Restaurant at Curran Court Hotel has been a cherished culinary haven in…

        Exterior of the Whistle Stop cafe building painted grey and black with large signage
        LocationWhitehead

        Embark on a culinary journey at The Whistle Stop Cafe, close to Whitehead Railway Station on the…

        Chocoa Couture Chocolate House and Bistro
        LocationBallymena

        Northern Ireland's first premium chocolate and dessert boutique bistro, located in Ballymena…

        The Garden Restaurant at Ballygally Castle
        LocationBallygally

        The Garden Restaurant situated within Ballygally Castle Hotel has the character and charm you would…

        Castello Italia
        LocationCarrickfergus

        Italian restaurant, coffee shop and gelato emporium in Carrickfergus, ideally positioned on the…

        Exterior of Brooklyn Bay Diner entrance with large sign, door canopy and dinosaur wall murals
        LocationLarne

        Ready for a taste adventure? Explore authentic American goodness at Brooklyn Bay Diner in Larne on…

        Serving counter and tables and chairs in main eating area of the The Secret Garden Cafe
        LocationBallymena

        The Secret Garden Cafe located in the grounds of Ecos Nature Park in Ballymena operates 7 days a…

        McKendry's Lounge & Bar
        LocationBallymena

        Located in the heart of Galgorm, McKendry’s Lounge & Bar offers the warm ambience and atmosphere of…

        Grey exterior building of ETC Carrickfergus with entrance door and full windows
        LocationCarrickfergus

        Espresso at ETC in Carrickfergus is the ultimate destination for coffee, gifts, and culinary…

        Ann's Pantry of Larne
        LocationLarne

        Multi - award winning family run bakery set in the heart of Larne town centre, on the Causeway…

        Whitehead Golf Club Restaurant
        LocationWhitehead

        Situated on Muldersleigh Hill, on the outskirts of Whitehead, Whitehead Golf Club restaurant offers…

        Brand image for Frances Anne Vane afternoon tea - features wording around a sculptured ladies head
        LocationCarnlough

        Immerse yourself in the luxurious life of Frances Anne Vane, Marchioness of Londonderry with a…

        Hillstown Farm Shop & Cafe
        LocationRandalstown

        The Kitchen @ Hillstown Farm Shop, located between Randalstown and Ahoghll sells locally produced,…

        Platform 3 at Whitehead Railway Museum
        LocationWhitehead

        Step into nostalgia at Platform 3 café in Whitehead Railway Museum on the Causeway Coastal Route –…

        The Fuzzy Beak Restaurant
        LocationWhitehead

        The Fuzzy Beak is located in the picturesque town of Whitehead and only a stone's throw away from…

        Landings Restaurant @ Dobbins
        LocationCarrickfergus

        Dobbins Inn, with its unique 800 year history is located in the heart of Carrickfergus on the High…

        Gillies Grill at Galgorm
        LocationBallymena

        Gillies Grill offers a casual style of dining with menus catering for a wide range of tastes,…

        The Smoking Monkey Cocktail & Sports Bar
        LocationBallymena

        Ballymena's newest cocktail and sports bar, The Smoking Monkey, is a space like no other in the…

        Origin Nightclub
        LocationBallymena

        This nightclub is the centrepiece of Ballymena’s weekend nightlife.

        The Prom Café
        LocationLarne

        The Prom Café, located in Larne beside a delightful promenade walk and Jurassic coastline, offers…

        Twilight Coffee
        LocationCarnlough

        Independent coffee shop serving specialty coffee, teas and locally baked treats. Located directly…

        The Lighthouse Bistro
        LocationWhitehead

        Local seafood, cheese, coffee and everything else made from scratch are available at this coastal…

        The Grouse Restaurant & Bar
        LocationBallymena

        The Grouse Restaurant & Bar has long been a favourite for food, drinks and live entertainment in…

        Rococo
        LocationBallymena

        Fantastic family owned restaurant, in the heart of Ballymena town centre, offering a great…

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        Experience adventures

        1. A shot of Slemish in the background, a stream in the foreground and the starry sky.

          If you love adding to your Instagram feed during trips and holidays, you’ll be delighted with the number of instagrammable locations to be found in Mid & East Antrim.

        2. Discover the hidden gems of the Causeway Coastal Route
          Explore the many hidden gems of The Causeway Coastal Route in Mid & East Antrim. From Carrickfergus Castle to The Gobbins Cliff Path in Islandmagee, you'll find some of the most iconic scenery in Northern Ireland with experiences to be enjoyed at every turn.
        3. Activities You Can't Miss
          When you visit a destination, there are some activities you just have to do, these are the things you can't return home without having tried! Here, you'll find just these types of activities on the Causeway Coastal Route, from walking along the hand-carved steps on a one-of-a-kind coastal path to an 800 year old castle overlooking the sea.
        4. Make A Day Of it
          Mid & East Antrim has some of the most well known and loved attractions in Northern Ireland, from The Gobbins Cliff Path to Slemish Mountain, Carrickfergus Castle to Gleno Waterfall. But dotted all over the region, in every town and village and in between, we have a world of hidden gems and unforgettable experiences just waiting to be discovered... You know why you're here, let us show you why you should stay and make a day of it!
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