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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

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        View of the maze at Carnfunnock
        LocationLarne

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

        open seas sailing
        LocationCarrickfergus

        Depart Carrickfergus & enjoy sailing a modern, luxury yacht; be as active or leisurely as you want.…

        Signpost at Carnfunnock Country Park
        LocationLarne

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

        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…

        Angling @ North Woodburn Reservoir (Carrick Dams)
        LocationCarrickfergus

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

        E-Bike Hire (Whitehead)
        LocationWhitehead

        Explore the spectacular coastal scenery of Whitehead and Islandmagee by e-bike. Take a spin around…

        Carnfunnock Woodland Walk
        LocationLarne

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

        River Bann Tours
        LocationPortglenone

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

        Chaffeur Car Services
        LocationCarrickfergus

        Belfast City tours of the Titanic centre Peace wall, Queens, Albert clock, Stormont and…

        Skernaghan Point Walk
        LocationIslandmagee

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

        Castles & Stones Day Tour
        LocationLarne

        Discover our unique history, myths and personality on a day spent exploring unforgettable places in…

        Medieval wall mural in Carrickfergus, with stocks beside it.
        LocationCarrickfergus

        Carrickfergus with over 1000 years of history under its belt, has lots of secrets to reveal. Enjoy…

        Thieves & Steel Day Tour
        LocationLarne

        As you travel, our storytellers will delight you with tales of fairies, giants and local folklore.…

        Slemish Mountain Hike
        LocationBroughshane

        Steep rocky track

        Ramble with Robert
        LocationBallygally

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

        Portmuck Walk

        Tranquil harbour and dramatic coastal walk

        Glenarm to Larne Walk
        LocationGlenarm

        Featuring expansive panoramas and challenging climbs, this route

        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…

        Glenarm to Ballynure incorporating Antrim Hills Way Hike
        LocationGlenarm

        Cutting a scenic route through the Antrim Coast and Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

        Carnfunnock Biodiversity Walk
        LocationLarne

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

        Walks at Carnfunnock Country Park
        LocationLarne

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

        Glenarm Coast Walk
        LocationGlenarm

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

        Antrim Hills Way Hike
        LocationGlenarm

        Across scenic hill-tops

        Make A Night Of It

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        Seaview Bed and Breakfast
        LocationLarne

        Newly refurbished Seaview House is a homely, family and pet friendly bed and breakfast consisting…

        Oranmore Guest House
        LocationBallymena

        Oranmore Guesthouse is located on the tree lined Galgorm Road with excellent parking and beautiful…

        Corner Cottage
        LocationLarne

        1760 Cottage on Causeway Coastal Route less than a mile from the sea completely refurbished with 3…

        Outside view of the pink cottage with trellis porch
        LocationWhitehead

        The boutique upstairs suite of The Pink Cottage is tranquil and cosy with a traditional vintage…

        The Dreen
        LocationCullybackey
        Londonderry Arms Hotel
        LocationCarnlough

        A charming traditional hotel in the small coastal village of Carnlough on the Antrim Coast Road, 14…

        ballygally apartments
        LocationBallygally

        7 Award winning apartments furnished to a high standard, with magnificent views over Ballygally bay…

        Quarrytown Lodge
        LocationBallymena

        Situated in a rural area, on an elevated site with panoramic views of the countryside. It has a…

        Slemish Barn
        LocationBallymena

        Slemish Barn is situated in the Braid Valley midway between Belfast and the Causeway Coast offering…

        Magherarmorne Estate gardens with house to the rear
        LocationLarne

        Magheramorne Estate is an exclusive private hire wedding venue nestled in a range of woodlands…

        Molly's Cottage
        LocationLarne
        The Tramway House
        LocationCarrickfergus

        The bathroom is on a intermediate level. The kitchen has a gas hob and electric stove, combo fridge…

        North Irish Lodge - Leahy's Loft
        LocationLarne

        Sleeps 4 adults. The luxurious cottages are ideal for special family occasions. Set in a perfect…

        Private outdoor hot tub at Charles Lanyon Lodge, Galgorm
        LocationBallymena

        Located on the ground of Galgorm, Charles Lanyon Lodge offers an exclusive, luxurious retreat…

        Carncairn Self Catering –  The Grange
        LocationBallymena

        Carncairn Grange is a spacious Georgian style house 1/2 mile from Broughshane, only 40 minutes from…

        1 Channel Vista
        LocationGlenarm

        Channel Vista Holiday Let is a fully equipped 4 bedroom bungalow (2 x double and 2 x single beds).…

        First floor apartment with only access via stairs
        LocationCarrickfergus

        Lighthouse Loft is a cosy self-contained two bedroom apartment located in the coastal town of…

        Colestone Cabins - The Stag
        LocationBallymena

        The Stag boasts a fabulous outdoor area which includes unlimited use of your private exclusive 6…

        Rosspark Hotel
        LocationBallymena

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

        Weavers Cottage
        LocationBallymena

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

        Front View of Cottage
        LocationBallymena

        Located in peaceful sheep farming countryside just outside the award winning village of Broughshane…

        Water's Edge Glenarm Self Catering Apartment
        LocationBallymena

        Luxury 2 en suite bedroom apartment with sea views situated on the breathtakingly beautiful…

        Curran Court Hotel
        LocationLarne

        Discover tranquility and exploration at Curran Court Hotel, your ideal home away from home in Larne…

        Stone Flax Mill restored self catering - black stone building with water wheel at side of house
        LocationBallymena

        Escape to rural tranquility in Connor, County Antrim. Our Flax Mill, dating back to the 1700s,…

        Enjoy our finest Food & Drink

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        PaPa Browns Grill
        LocationCarrickfergus

        Relaxed colonial-style diner and bar serving an all-day menu, within easy walking distance of…

        Exterior of Mayur Indian Restaurant in Larne with grey bulding and black windows / door
        LocationLarne

        Mayur Indian Restaurant in Larne, on the Causeway Coastal Route offers authentic, exquisite Indian…

        Fratelli at Galgorm
        LocationBallymena

        Fratelli Ristorante, Pizzeria & Bar oozes rustic Italian charm with a contemporary edge, welcoming…

        Yellow and Black exterior of the Wee Cafe Larne with name on window and silver outdoor seats
        LocationLarne

        Discover The Wee Café in Larne on the Causeway Coastal Route for all-day breakfasts, fresh…

        Grey seats and table with ice cream counters and food display fridges in the background
        LocationCarrickfergus

        Mauds Scotch Quarter in Carrickfergus offers award-winning ice cream, diverse flavours, vegan…

        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…

        Follow Coffee Co
        LocationBallymena

        Good quality coffee and food in comfortable surroundings within the heart of Ballymena.

        The Front Page Bar
        LocationBallymena

        A “traditional-meets-modern” award winning and innovative pub in the centre of Ballymena, which…

        The Whitecliff Inn
        LocationWhitehead

        A traditional pub and popular modern music venue in the coastal town of Whitehead, offering a…

        Entrance to the Olderfleet Bar with grey panel decoration, rustic brick walls and signage
        LocationLarne

        The Olderfleet in Larne offers a contemporary experience since its 1878 origins as "The Olderfleet…

        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…

        Carriages Bistro
        LocationLarne

        Carriages in Larne is a family run, fully-licensed restaurant offering traditional Irish and…

        The Marine Bar
        LocationWhitehead

        A hidden cosy pub, located near the Whitehead promenade and train station on the Causeway Coastal…

        Millside Restaurant Gracehill
        LocationGracehill

        Millside Restaurant is an award winning family run business in the historic village of Gracehill,…

        The Gobbins Cafe
        LocationIslandmagee

        Set in the heart of Islandmagee and within the world class Gobbins Visitor Centre, this modern café…

        Interior of Season Coffee Shop with wooden flooring, wooden beams and wooden tables plus chairs.
        LocationCarrickfergus

        Season Coffee Shop, nestled in a refurbished red brick mill on the outskirts of Carrickfergus,…

        The Crosskeys Inn
        LocationToome

        The Crosskeys Inn c.1654 is the oldest thatched pub in Ireland and one of Ireland's most famous…

        Gatto's Ristorante
        LocationBallymena

        Gatto’s is a family run business in Ballymena town centre, inspired by their Italian family…

        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…

        The Glensway Tavern
        LocationMartinstown

        Located in the Glens of Antrim, the Glensway Tavern is an attractive 74 seater restaurant, lounge…

        Slemish Market Supper Club
        LocationBallymena area & Glens of Antrim

        Slemish Market Supper Club is a pop-up dining experience like no other. Award-winning Chef Rob…

        Night time exterior of the Thatch Inn Bar & Restaurant - white building with thatched roof and lights on in the upper windows
        LocationBroughshane

        18th century thatched, family friendly bar and restaurant set in the award winning village of…

        Exterior of Billy Andys
        LocationLarne

        Our 19th Century Pub/Restaurant has open log and peat fires which creates a lovely warm and relaxed…

        Twilight Coffee
        LocationCarnlough

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

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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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