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VISITOR GUIDE ANTRIM & NEWTOWNABBEY BOROUGH VISITOR GUIDE

ANTRIM AND NEWTOWNABBEY

Welcome to a place that is immensely beautiful, desirable and unique; enjoy the gardens and castles, the spectacular scenery and the millennia of history that make the Borough so special

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Whilst every care has been taken to ensure accuracy in the compilation of this brochure, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions. All liability for loss, disappointment, negligence or other damage caused by the reliance on the company, individual or firm mentioned, or in the event of any company, individual or firm ceasing to trade, is hereby excluded. Published by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council - January 2019


Welcome to Antrim and Newtownabbey. This is an ancient landscape, nestling between Lough Neagh and Belfast Lough, shaped and moulded by over 7,000 years of settlement, farming and faith. It is a complex and intriguing region, a perfect place for the thrill seeker, the amateur historian or a family day out. Antrim and Newtownabbey has been compared to the fine linen cloth that once flowed from the many textile mills that once flourished here. Just like that linen, Antrim and Newtownabbey has many different threads, each subtly different, but woven together to create a place that is immensely beautiful, desirable and unique. This means that when you visit our Borough, you will be able to enjoy the gardens and castles, the spectacular scenery and the millennia of history that make this place so special. You can get active in our forests and parks or on our rivers and loughs. You can taste great food in our restaurants and watch compelling drama in our theatres. You will meet warm, friendly folk who enjoy passing the time of day and love a good yarn. In short, you’ll form memories that will last a lifetime. It’s in our nature to make sure that you do! The Old Courthouse, Antrim

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CONTENTS

SECRETS OF THE LANDSCAPE MYTHS & LEGENDS

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PATTERNS OF THE PAST HERITAGE ATTRACTIONS

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FROM LOUGH SHORE TO LOUGH SIDE LOUGHS & TOURS

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PLEASE WALK ON THE GRASS GARDENS AND PARKS

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UNCOVER YOUR ROOTS GENEALOGY

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STEP OUT, PEDAL DOWN WALKING AND CYCLING

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BESIDE IT, ON IT, IN IT ANGLING, CANOEING & BOAT TRIPS

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GET INTO THE SWING GOLF & BOWLING

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GET OUT, GET ACTIVE LEISURE CENTRES & ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES

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DAYS LIKE THIS FAMILY ACTIVITIES & EQUESTRIAN

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT THEATRES

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SHOWCASING THE BEST EVENTS & MARKETS

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RELAX & ENJOY SHOPPING, CINEMAS & SPAS

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THE BEST POSSIBLE TASTE PLACES TO EAT

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REST EASY ACCOMMODATION

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MAKE THE MOST OF IT DAY PLANNERS

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EASY TO GET TO, EASY TO GET AROUND HOW TO GET HERE

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OUR PLACE MAP OF THE BOROUGH

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To travel through the ancient landscapes of Antrim and Newtownabbey is to journey into a place with a rich and intricate history. Here myths and legends have the power to bring you closer to the past and to yourself. Discover the Black Face of Stone, set high on a wall at Shane’s Castle - and let’s hope it’s still there - the fate of the O’Neill clan depends on it. Learn about the only truly European war ever fought on Irish soil at the White House on the shores of Belfast Lough or even seek out the mysterious "Holestone" and touch hands with your loved one through its ancient opening; then see if it still holds its mythical power to impart happiness!

ACCORDING TO LEGEND, AN ANCIENT UNDERWATER CITY LIES BURIED DEEP BENEATH THE STILL, DARK WATERS OF LOUGH NEAGH. IT IS SAID THAT ON CERTAIN DAYS ITS FINE CASTLES AND LOFTY TOWERS CAN BE SEEN, SHIMMERING FAR BELOW THE SURFACE OF THE LOUGH


THE ROUND TOWER & WITCH’S STONE

THE LEGEND OF FINN McCOOL

ROUND TOWER, ANTRIM

LOUGH NEAGH

The Round Tower in Steeple Park is all that remains of a once great monastic settlement in Antrim. Measuring 28 metres high, the tower was built in the 10th or 11th century and probably served as a defensive stronghold in times of trouble.

Lough Neagh is the largest freshwater lake in the British Isles and according to legend, it owes its existence to the famous Irish giant, Finn McCool. The story tells us that Finn was chasing the thieving Scottish giant, Benandonner, out of Ireland. The huge Scot could run faster than Finn and soon he had almost reached the coast. Fearing his rival would get away, Finn scooped up an enormous handful of earth and rocks and threw it towards the fleeing giant. As he didn't know his own strength, he threw it too far and Benandonner escaped.

Local legend tells of a witch who was so unhappy over the building of the Round Tower that she jumped off the top to express her annoyance. She landed on a large boulder, leaving in it the impressions of her knee and elbow. To this day the rock is known as the ‘Witch’s Stone’. It sits next to the Round Tower.

The great pile of rocks and clay flew far out into the sea, where it became the Isle of Man. A giant hole remained in the place where Finn had scooped out the rocks. Gradually the hole filled with water to become… Lough Neagh.

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THE LEGEND OF THE OVERFLOWING WELL

THE LEGEND OF THE UNDER WATER CITY

LOUGH NEAGH

LOUGH NEAGH

There are many myths and legends surrounding the origins of Lough Neagh. According to one tale, a well once stood in the centre of the land now covered by the Lough.

A long time ago, Ireland had many kingdoms with fine houses, strong castles and tall towers. Deep within one of these kingdoms was a magical spring of bright, fresh water. The people of this kingdom became greedy and began to rob and cheat their neighbours.

Its waters were supposed to possess miraculous healing powers and were said to be under the influence of the fairies. An old woman looked after the well and it was her job to close the gate to the well after all the visitors had left. One day she forgot to do this and the water overflowed and followed the terrified woman as far as Toome. There the local people threw her into the water for being so careless and she drowned. The overflowing ceased and the water that remained formed Lough Neagh.

At first the spring watched and did nothing, but then it rose up in anger and drowned the entire kingdom. Even now, on certain days, it is said that the towers of this lost land can be seen shimmering far beneath the waves of what became known as Lough Neagh.

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THE BLACK FACE OF STONE

THE O’NEILL BANSHEE

SHANE’S CASTLE, ANTRIM

SHANE’S CASTLE, ANTRIM

The O'Neill family traces its history back to the very beginning of Ireland's story. They were kings of Ulster for one thousand years and this castle, built in 1345, was their home. Originally called Eden-duff-carrick, its name was changed to Shane's Castle by Shane MacBrien O'Neill in 1722. In 1816, a large addition to the castle was in course of being built when it was destroyed by fire. The entire buildings were ruined, with only the fortified esplanade and a grand conservatory remaining.

Shane’s Castle is said to have its very own banshee and the story of how it came about goes like this. In olden times, a member of the O'Neill clan went to help McQuillan in one of his raids. When he arrived, he saw a cow with its horns tangled in a hawthorn tree. This tree was considered sacred by the fairies, so no one would cut its branches to release the poor animal. However, O'Neill cut the branches and freed her but there was a price to pay. When he returned home, he found that his daughter, Kathleen, had been carried off by the "wee folk" to the bottom of the Lough.

On one of the eastern walls there is a curious female figurehead, carved in stone, with a sad expression. It is known locally as the Black Face of Stone. Some say that this figurehead was brought from the east and is much older than the ruins among which it stands. Folklore states that the O’Neill family will come to an end if ever the face should fall.

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From then onwards, when evil threatened a member of the family, her banshee shriek could be heard all along the lough shore and from the ruined walls of the castle. Legend even blames the banshee for the fire which destroyed Shane’s Castle in 1816.

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THE LEGEND OF THE HOLESTONE

THE LEGEND OF THE HOLY WELL

HOLESTONE ROAD, DOAGH

CHURCHTOWN POINT, CRANFIELD

The Holestone is an ancient Celtic stone which stands between Parkgate and Doagh. What makes it unusual is the hole, about the size of a small clenched fist, which goes all the way through the stone.

On the shores of Lough Neagh, at Churchtown Point, lie the ruins of a 13th-century Church and St Olcan's Shrine. Near the shore, a few yards east of the church, is a holy well. The amber pebbles contained within the well are believed to have great healing powers bestowed by St Olcan. They were thought to protect women during childbirth, prevent men from drowning and save homes from fire and burglary. In the last century, emigrants to America believed that if they swallowed a pebble, they would sail safely across the Atlantic Ocean.

Visitors have been coming to the Borough to see the Holestone since the 18th century. Some couples, looking for eternal love and happiness, undertake a traditional ceremony, where the woman puts her hand through the circular hole and her partner takes it. By doing so, they make a commitment to love each other forever.

The healing tradition of attaching rags to the overhanging trees and bushes continues to this day. According to the custom, one must bathe the infected part of the body with a rag dipped in the well, pray and then tie the rag to a large overhanging tree. As the rag decays the affliction is supposed to disappear. SECRETS OF THE LANDSCAPE

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DONEGORE MOTTE

THE LEGEND OF TEMPLEPATRICK

DONEGORE HILL, DUNADRY

TEMPLEPATRICK

Donegore Motte, or ‘moat’, is one of the most prominent features in the landscape of County Antrim. Often considered an Anglo-Norman motte or castle mound, its origins may in fact date back to a much earlier ancient burial mound, built around 5000 years ago.

Templepatrick takes its name from the Irish ‘The Stone Church of Patrick’. Legend has it that while St Patrick was engaged in his mission to Ireland, in the 5th century AD, he came to this area and baptised converts in an ancient holy well. He then founded a church in the centre of the graveyard, where the mausoleum stands, inside the grounds of what is now Castle Upton.

The meaning of the name ‘Donegore’ is unclear: it may be Irish for ‘the sharp fronted fort’ or ‘the fort of goats’ or intriguingly ‘the bloody fort’. The ‘bloody’ name comes from a belief that people suffering from plague were driven there to die to prevent the disease from spreading throughout the country.

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In the last century, blasting was carried out for a new limestone quarry. Within a few days the quarry was flooded and all the equipment destroyed! Some would say that the ‘wee folk’ were angry at these strangers for desecrating the Chapel of St Patrick.

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BODY SNATCHERS OF NEWTOWNABBEY

FERGUS, THE FIRST KING OF SCOTLAND

KILBRIDE GRAVEYARD, DOAGH

MONKSTOWN ABBEY, NEWTOWNABBEY

If your travels should take you to Kilbride Graveyard in Doagh, there is an intriguing architectural curiosity which is worthwhile investigating. It is the morbidly named corpse house, or mort safe.

Monkstown Abbey used to be one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Ulster. And according to tradition, it is where Fergus, the Ulsterman who became the first King of Scotland, was buried over 1500 years ago.

This large stone vault was built in the early 1830s when the threat from body snatchers was at its height and was used to store bodies until they were no longer 'fresh' enough for body snatchers to make money from them.

The story goes that Fergus suffered from leprosy, and in AD 501, he travelled back to Monkstown, hoping to find a cure for his affliction. His boat got caught in a storm and sank near the entrance to Belfast harbour. Fergus drowned and his body was washed up near Whitehead, and he was buried at Monkstown Abbey.

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FANTASY BECOMES REALITY ACROSS THE BOROUGH The ‘Game of Thrones’ TV series, based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, has been filmed at various locations in Northern Ireland. Scenes from Season 5 were filmed at locations in Antrim and Newtownabbey. Lough Neagh and its shores represented the Summer Sea between the continents of Westeros and Essos, and Toome Canal also featured when it represented part of the once great city of Old Valyria. Shane's Castle and its grounds have also been used; its stone ruins and stunning surroundings providing a perfect location to capture the mystique of the show. To find out about the film locations and visitor experiences visit www.discovernorthernireland.com/ gameofthrones

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Antrim and Newtownabbey has a long and intriguing history. Its story stretches back over 7,000 years, long before even the pyramids were built. Each generation has left its mark on the landscape, leaving an imprint of buildings and monuments that reflect the ever-changing patterns of settlement, trade, conflict and industry. So why not take a day out to steer a path through this ancient land of majestic beauty? Discover Bronze-age standing stones and try to unravel their enigmatic carvings. Climb a Norman motte for jaw-dropping views of Ulster. Step into rural Ulster in the 1800s at Sentry Hill or feel the heat of industrial archaeology at Patterson’s Spade Mill. The choice, and more, is yours.

MOSSLEY MILL AT NEWTOWNABBEY WAS ONCE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT TEXTILE MILLS IN IRELAND. TODAY IT HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED INTO COUNCIL FACILITIES, WHICH INCLUDE THE MUSEUM AT THE MILL


MUSEUM AT THE MILL NEWTOWNABBEY Newtownabbey’s strong links with the industrial revolution are well demonstrated by Mossley Mill, which has a history of textile production stretching back to the 18th century. Housed within what was originally the wet spinning floor of the mill, the Museum at The Mill tells the story of Mossley Mill and the people who worked there from the 1800s to the mill’s closure in 1996. The museum also reveals how the mill has developed in recent years as a civic and cultural centre, as well as an important site for natural heritage. In the grounds is a pond, one of three that used to supply the mill with water. This important wetland habitat is now an ‘urban pond’ filled with freshwater wildlife. Also in the museum is the Flax Gallery, a contemporary display space which plays host to a diverse range of exhibitions throughout the year. This purpose-built venue provides a showcase for both new and established artists, supports local group exhibitions and provides the perfect setting for touring exhibitions of regional, national and international interest. Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey, BT36 5QA 028 9034 0129 museums@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

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ANTRIM ROUND TOWER

BARBICAN GATE

ANTRIM

ANTRIM

Antrim Round Tower was built around the 10th century and is one of the finest towers of its kind in Ireland. It is 28 metres tall and was built as part of a Monastic settlement.

In 1813, Antrim Castle was extensively remodelled and in 1818, the Barbican Gate was created as the final stage in this process, forming the main entrance from the town.

The main entrance is some two metres above ground level, which suggests that the tower may have served as a defensive stronghold in times of trouble.

Built in a similar style to the castle, it bears a number of interesting architectural features, including its fine battlement and neo-Tudor twin towers, which frame a great Tudor arch. Both the Gate and the Castle are believed to have been designed by the same architect, John Bowden of Dublin.

Located next to the Round Tower is a sizeable boulder, known in folklore as the 'Witch's Stone'. The Council is currently consulting on a concept plan to open up the greater Steeple Site historic parkland to the community offering a wide range of recreational and leisure opportunities.

The Barbican Gate fell into disrepair after years of neglect, but in 2005, major repairs were undertaken by the Council and it has now been restored to its former glory.

Steeple Road, Antrim, BT41 1BL

Market Square, Antrim, BT41 4DN

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PATTERSON’S SPADE MILL

DONEGORE MOTTE

TEMPLEPATRICK

DUNADRY

Built in 1832, Patterson’s Spade Mill is the last working water-driven spade mill in daily use in the British Isles. It is a place where you can see history forged in steel; hear the hammers, smell the grit and feel the heat of traditional spademaking.

On a clear day, this historic pre-Anglo/ Norman motte offers views of six Ulster counties. The "Motte" was believed to have been built upon a much earlier Passage Grave, dating back some 5,000 years.

Guided tours vividly capture life during the Industrial Revolution and dig up the history and culture of the humble spade. As a memento, why not purchase one of only 150 hand-made spades that are produced at the mill each year? 751 Antrim Road, Templepatrick, BT39 0AP 028 9443 3619 www.nationaltrust.org.uk Admission by guided tour

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In 1798, Donegore Motte was an important meeting place for members of the Society of United Irishmen who were preparing for the Battle of Antrim, which was fought on 7 June of that year. The picturesque St John’s Church is located close by. Donegore Hill, Dunadry, BT41 2HW 028 9442 8331 visitantrimandnewtownabbey.com

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THE OLD COURTHOUSE ANTRIM Well positioned in the heart of Antrim town, the historic Old Courthouse was re-opened in 2010 following extensive restoration by the Council to include a multi-purpose auditorium and coffee shop. The Courthouse is a classically designed, two-storey building, completed in 1726 for the sum of ÂŁ150. The turret (cupola) on top dates from 1817. The Court occupied the upper floor, while the lower storey provided an arched market hall. Many cases of highway robbery and animal theft were tried here; strict animal laws resulted in transportation or death for relatively trivial offences, even the stealing of sheep. By 1836, the lower floor had been converted to a prison yard for prisoners attending trials and for confining drunkards and rioters. In later years it was converted into a public library and the building continued to be used as a Courthouse until 1994. Market Square, Antrim, BT41 4AW 028 9442 8331 visitantrimandnewtownabbey.com

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POGUE’S ENTRY HISTORICAL COTTAGE ANTRIM This historic corner of 18th century Antrim contains the childhood home of Alexander Irvine, who became a missionary in New York's Bowery and eventually pastor of the Church of the Ascension on Fifth Avenue. His book 'My Lady of The Chimney Corner' recalls his boyhood years in Pogue’s Entry and describes the lives of Irish country folk during the post famine days. The cottage is preserved in its original state as a tribute to Dr Irvine and a memorial park is located at the junction of Castle Way and Church Street, Antrim. Church Street, Antrim, BT41 4BA 028 9448 1338 clotworthy.reception@ antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk visitantrimandnewtownabbey.com Seasonal opening May - Sep, out of season visits by appointment only

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ALL SAINTS CHURCH

TEMPLETOWN MAUSOLEUM

ANTRIM

TEMPLEPATRICK

Built in 1596, All Saints Church is one of the oldest parish churches still in use and is one of the finest examples of Elizabethan architecture in Ireland.

Situated in the graveyard of Castle Upton, this family mausoleum in the shape of a triumphal arch was designed and built by the renowned Scottish neoclassical architect Robert Adam.

The church was burned by the Scottish army of General Monro in 1649 and was not repaired until 1720. The tower and spire of the church were erected in 1816 and the transept was added in 1869.

This particular tomb was built in 1789. It is typical of Adam’s style with its classical urns, leaf swags and circular reliefs surrounding the arched door to the vault. It remains one of the finest examples of neoclassical architecture in Ireland.

Inside there are many monuments dedicated to the Massereene family, some members of which are buried in vaults beneath the church. The churchyard contains the headstones of many prominent people, including Alexander Irvine.

Antrim Road, Templepatrick, BT39 0AH 028 9064 7787 www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Church Street, Antrim, BT41 4BE 028 9446 0042 www.antrim.connor.anglican.org

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CRANFIELD CHURCH & HOLY WELL

RAM’S ISLAND

CRANFIELD

LOUGH NEAGH

On the shores of Lough Neagh at Churchtown Point lie the ruins of a 13th century Church and St Olcan’s Shrine.

Ram’s Island is located approximately one mile offshore from Lennymore Bay and Sandy Bay on the eastern shore of Lough Neagh. It is nearly one mile long by a quarter of a mile wide and is the largest island on Lough Neagh.

Near the shore, a few yards east of the church, is a holy well which produces fine spring water and amber coloured crystals; these were thought to protect women during childbirth, prevent men from drowning and save homes from fire and burglary. Pilgrimages were made to Cranfield annually between 30 May and 29 June.

Notable features of the island are a round tower and the ruins of the O’Neills’ 19th century summerhouse. Its remote wilderness and lost-in-time qualities make Ram’s Island a pleasant and attractive place to visit. A ferry service is available to take visitors to the island and around Lough Neagh (See P71).

Churchtown Point, Cranfield Road, Cranfield, BT41 3ND

Rams Island, Lough Neagh, BT28 2LQ

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SENTRY HILL HISTORIC HOUSE & VISITOR CENTRE NEWTOWNABBEY Sentry Hill is a 19th-century farmhouse in the parish of Carnmoney, County Antrim. The house and its contents provide a rare insight into life in rural Ulster during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Sentry Hill was the home of the McKinney family, who came to Ireland from Scotland in the early 1700s. Remarkably, the contents of the house have survived almost intact. This is largely due to William Fee McKinney who was born in 1832 and lived there for most of his life. William built up a remarkable collection of diaries, family letters and an extensive library of books and pamphlets. Along with souvenirs from family travels abroad, William collected natural history specimens and items of local historical interest. Take part in a guided tour, view a short introductory video in the converted byre and see many of the fascinating objects and archives once hidden from view in the cupboards and drawers of Sentry Hill. 40 Ballycraigy Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 4SX 028 9083 2363 museums@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

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THE WHITE HOUSE HERITAGE CENTRE NEWTOWNABBEY Dating from 1569, the White House has nestled on the northern shore of Belfast Lough for almost 450 years. Originally a plantation bawn, or fortified house, the building has witnessed many important scenes from local history; from the sailing ships carrying King William’s armies and Titanic sailing on her maiden voyage, to the Luftwaffe bombers using Belfast Lough as their gateway into the city. The White House has recently been restored from a crumbling ruin into a beautiful, multipurpose building. It now hosts two exciting interactive exhibitions; ‘A Tale of Three Kings’ recounts the Williamite and Jacobite Wars from a European perspective, ‘Relive the History’ tells the exciting story of the building’s past, right up to the present day. 34 Whitehouse Park, Newtownabbey, BT37 9SQ 028 9034 0129 museums@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

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SPRINGFARM RATH

SHANE'S CASTLE

ANTRIM

ANTRIM

A rath is an ancient circular enclosure surrounded by an earthen wall, used as a dwelling and stronghold. Most were built between 700 and 1100 AD to house a farming family and perhaps some livestock.

Shane’s Castle is the family seat of the O’Neills of Clanaboy. The Demesne is one of the most beautiful and well maintained in Ireland.

This particular rath is now an attractive landmark with mature trees on the platform and varied plant and bird life. The Meadow, Stiles Way, Antrim, BT41 1EZ

Although the Castle has been in ruins since a fire in 1816, the remaining structure, including a unique Camellia House, is a striking feature on the landscape. The site has been used extensively in the renowned TV series 'Game of Thrones'.

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028 9442 8216 www.shanescastle.com Visits by appointment only; available for private parties and corporate events

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Bounded by Belfast Lough to the north and Lough Neagh (the UK’s largest expanse of fresh water) to the south, Antrim and Newtownabbey encompasses an enormous array of beautiful landscapes, peppered with charming towns and villages. So why not take to the road and discover all that this area has to offer? To help you on your journey, there are a range of carefully researched and beautifully presented audio trails and written guides. Whether you’re fascinated by early Christian heritage, the Ulster-Scots story, great gardens of the Borough, the unspoilt beauty of Lough Neagh or our rich architectural heritage, there’s a trail that will immerse you in Antrim and Newtownabbey and engage you in your subject.

IN 839 AD, THE VIKINGS BASED A FLEET OF THEIR SHIPS ON LOUGH NEAGH. THEY USED THE LOUGH AND ITS CONNECTING RIVERS TO MOVE INLAND AND PLUNDER CHURCHES ACROSS THE NORTH OF IRELAND


GIANTS CAUSEWAY COASTAL TOURS Giants Causeway Coastal Tours are a unique way to discover the heart and soul of Northern Ireland with tailormade tours and local stories you will remember, long after your visit. Tours run daily between 9am and 6.30pm with pick-ups by prior arrangement at your port or hotel. Tours can take in several venues (time permitting) such as Bushmills Distillery along with the Giants Causeway. Tours can also be tailored to your specific interest, such as Slemish Mountain (where St. Patrick spent time as a slave), a visit to the Holestone or any other visitor attraction or place of interest. giantscausewaycoastaltours.com info@giantscausewaycoastaltours.com

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LOUGH NEAGH TOURS

RANDALSTOWN HERITAGE TRAIL

Lough Neagh Tours offer guests an opportunity to immerse themselves in heritage, history and hospitality around this unique lake - the largest in the UK and Ireland. Be one of the first to experience its untouched landscape, meet the locals and sample the unique charm and fantastic culinary delights.

Join a Blue Badge tour guide and explore Randalstown’s patterns of the past. As you steer a path down through this fascinating historic town of majestic beauty, you will discover a town steeped in rich history and heritage dating back to the 18th and 19th Centuries.

Tours include: • Craic ‘N Food & Drink Tour • Shane’s Castle Tour & Afternoon Tea (no transport) • Ram’s Island Tour • Lough Neagh Fisheries Tour And many more beyond the Antrim shoreline of Lough Neagh. Tour packages can be tailored for private group bookings on request. Tours depart from Belfast with pickup available locally on request.

The trail will lead you to the magnificent viaduct providing spectacular views of Randalstown, the River Maine and the adjoining parkland of Shane’s Castle. Tours are held every fourth Saturday of the Month at 11am. Each tour last approximately two hours and cost £5 per person. Tickets can be purchased from the Local Information Office at Kearney’s Supermarket, 44 Main Street, Randalstown. 028 9447 9800 kearneysrandalstown@gmail.com

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LOUGH NEAGH Covering 383 square kilometres, Lough Neagh is the largest freshwater lake in the British Isles and is one of the earliest known inland sites of prehistoric man in Ireland. It is generally shallow, with an average depth in the general body of the Lough of 9 metres (30 feet). The area around Lough Neagh is one of the most important bird habitats in Western Europe. A haven for wildlife and home to a wealth of flora and fauna, Lough Neagh provides a unique and valuable natural resource, offering a very productive ecosystem, which supports thousands of wildfowl and a large-scale eel fishing industry.

FACTS & FIGURES Surface Area of Lough:

383 km2

Average Depth:

8.9 m

Maximum Depth:

34 m

Volume:

345 km3

Length of Shoreline Approx.:

125 km

Max. Length (SW-NE):

30.5 km

Max. Width (W-E):

12.1 km

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BELFAST LOUGH Belfast Lough is a natural inlet of the North Channel that connects the Irish Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. Flanked by hills on its northern and southern shores, the sheltered waters of Belfast Lough are ideal for shipping, conditions which helped Belfast to thrive as a port in the 1600s. The later dredging of the Dargan Channel in 1830s allowed larger ships to enter the port and also facilitated the development of Belfast’s shipbuilding industry. The shoreline of Belfast Lough is home to a wide range of wildlife. Its mudflats are rich in oysters, cockles, snails and worms, which support internationally important populations of waders and wildfowl, including Brent geese and Redshank. A stroll along the pathways at Jordanstown Loughshore Park will let you enjoy the wildlife and scenery of Belfast Lough.

FACTS & FIGURES Surface Area of Lough:

130 km2

Maximum Depth:

22 m

Volume:

1,548 km3

Length:

20 km

Width:

4.8 - 8 km

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BIRDWATCHING

Antrim and Newtownabbey’s numerous parks and open spaces provide many birdwatching opportunities. The Borough's true birdwatching haven is to be found on the shores of Belfast Lough. The mudflats, lagoons, rocky shores and small sandy bays provide vital habitats to support this wildlife and the region has been designated an ASSI - Area of Special Scientific Interest. Some of the more notable species include Great Crested Grebes, Redshanks, Oystercatchers, Dunlins and Curlews. Whitehouse Lagoon is an excellent place to view shorebirds. Grebes and other wintering wildfowl can be seen from Macedon Point, Hazelbank and Loughshore Park. Lough Neagh and Lough Beg support bird species of national and international importance. Birds migrate here because of the area's mild winter temperatures and large expanses of unfrozen water offered by both loughs. You may see birds such as Mallard, Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe and Mute Swan. The largest Common Tern colony is found off shore on the old torpedo platform during the summer months. Rea’s Wood is a wet woodland dominated by alder, willow and birch trees. In spring, the woodland has a good variety of birds, including Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Willow Warbler. In winter, Siskin and Redpoll can be heard as they actively search for food in the tree canopy.

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There are many wonderful parks and gardens throughout Antrim and Newtownabbey. The jewel in the crown is undoubtedly the beautifully restored 400-year old Antrim Castle Gardens; its Anglo Dutch canals, ponds and avenues provide a unique walkway into the past. There is also the Walled Garden at Greenmount. This dramatic and colourful formal garden dates from 1801 and forms a centrepiece at Greenmount College. Or why not enjoy the casual ease of Ballyrobert Cottage Garden; you might even pick up some ideas for your own garden in its nursery! If you enjoy relaxing by the water’s edge, then you can choose between the fresh water delights at Antrim Lough Shore Park, on the shores of Lough Neagh, or the crisp sea air of Jordanstown Loughshore Park. There are great views, whichever way you look!

WE HAVE 17 AWARD WINNING PARKS AND OPEN SPACES ACROSS THE BOROUGH. THESE OPEN SPACES HAVE BEEN AWARDED GREEN FLAGS WHICH IS AN INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATION THAT RECOGNISES HIGH LEVELS OF MAINTENANCE AND EXCELLENT COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT. VISIT ANTRIMANDNEWTOWNABBEY.GOV.UK/GREENFLAG FOR MORE INFORMATION.


ANTRIM CASTLE GARDENS & CLOTWORTHY HOUSE ANTRIM Antrim Castle Gardens and Clotworthy House are hidden gems waiting to be explored. The 400-year old Gardens have been transformed into a unique living museum and must-see attraction that has been awarded prestigious Green Flag and Green Heritage status. Few historic gardens in Northern Ireland offer such evolutionary garden design characteristics, with layer upon layer of design features and planting added over the centuries. These include the magnificent 17th-century Anglo Dutch style canals, ponds and avenues that are unique in Northern Ireland; a 12th-century motte; Victorian Pleasure Garden, and recreated Large Parterre. Antrim Castle Gardens offers a breathtaking walk into history, but also much more, with a programme of events running all year round. While you are here why not stay for a coffee or enjoy lunch in the Garden Coffee Shop? Then browse the visitor shop and have a look around the Garden Heritage Exhibition, or view the art on display in the Oriel Gallery. Randalstown Road, Antrim, BT41 4LH 028 9448 1338 clotworthy.reception@ antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk visitantrimandnewtownabbey.com

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JORDANSTOWN LOUGHSHORE PARK NEWTOWNABBEY Jordanstown Loughshore Park is situated on the shore of Belfast Lough, near the Ulster University at Jordanstown. It has a 5 star caravan park (see P130), large modern play area for children and the open grass area provides a great space for football and kite flying. The park also hosts the Shoreline Festival each August. You can walk or cycle from Jordanstown Loughshore Park to Hazelbank Park and on into Belfast. On Sunday afternoons during the summer, local bands set up in the bandstand and provide the community with great entertainment. CafĂŠ Barista is open daily, opening hours vary. Shore Road, Newtownabbey, BT37 0PY 028 9034 0000 info@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk visitantrimandnewtownabbey.com

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ANTRIM LOUGH SHORE PARK ANTRIM Situated on the shores of Lough Neagh, the Lough Shore Park at Antrim is a popular destination for visitors and residents at all times of the year. It is an area steeped in history and natural beauty, with many attractions and activities to enjoy. The park also includes a 5-star caravan park (See P128). The Lough Shore Park is a magnet for those seeking relaxation by the water’s edge. The attractive surroundings make it the ideal spot to spend a few hours enjoying a picnic, feeding the swans or walking along the many pathways. There are two slipways providing access to the lough; one for jet skis and the other for boats and canoes. The Council has recently invested £250,000 in a new accessible nautical themed play park and work is currently underway on the new flagship Lough Neagh Gateway Visitor Centre, due to open during Autumn 2019. Lough Road, Antrim, BT41 4DG 028 9446 3113 info@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk visitantrimandnewtownabbey.com

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HAZELBANK PARK & GIDEON’S GREEN NEWTOWNABBEY Hazelbank Park, situated on the shores of Belfast Lough, is the remnants of an estate house with fantastic views over the Lough to Co. Down. The mature trees, remaining from the formal gardens and the orchard species are testament to the history of this site which has something for everyone. Visit in the summer for a paddle or a picnic. Spend some time in the play park or head off for a walk to Gideon’s Green where Whitehouse Lagoon provides a stunning opportunity for birdwatching! Or head in the other direction for the village of Whiteabbey for a variety of cafés and shops. You can walk or cycle from Hazelbank Park to Belfast using the National Cycle Way. The route follows along the shore of Belfast Lough, as far as the Lagan Towpath. Shore Road, Newtownabbey, BT37 9JQ 028 9034 0000 info@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk visitantrimandnewtownabbey.com

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BALLYROBERT GARDENS

THE RICHARDSON WALLED GARDEN AT GREENMOUNT

BALLYCLARE

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The setting for the garden is a 17th-century landscape, complete with the original cottage, barn and farm layout extending to sixteen acres. Sensitively integrating these elements is a six acre garden containing one of Northern Ireland’s most extensive collections of plants, laid out in intimate settings and sweeping borders to enthral the visitor.

The Walled Garden, which dates from 1801, is a dramatic and colourful formal garden, set within one hectare of the pleasant Greenmount Campus just outside Antrim town. Features include a curvilinear style conservatory, a bronze sculpture, fountain and cascade.

Visitors have the opportunity to relax and enjoy a cup of tea with freshly baked scones and tray bakes in the tea room. Ballyrobert Gardens is also home to a specialist retail nursery which is stocked with a wealth of cottage garden plants.

Intricate Celtic knot gardens and a small maze throw a wonderful contrast to the colourful mixed borders and rose beds. Pleached lime trees, formal yew hedges and a large trellis clad pergola contrast the informal potager planting of fruit and vegetables amongst ornamentals. 45 Tirgracy Road, Antrim, BT41 4PS

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154 Ballyrobert Road, Ballyclare, BT39 9RT

028 9442 6665

028 9332 2952

enquiries@cafre.ac.uk

information@ballyrobertgardens.com

www.cafre.ac.uk

www.ballyrobertgardens.com

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LILIAN BLAND COMMUNITY PARK

Lilian Bland Community Park is situated in the heart of Glengormley. Its facilities include bowling, tennis courts, outdoor gym, play park and plenty of space for a picnic or kick-about. A sculpture in the park commemorates the remarkable achievements of Carnmoney woman, Lilian Bland (1878-1971) the first woman to build and fly an airplane. The pavilion is available for private bookings, classes and events. Carnmoney Road, Glengormley, BT36 6HP

MOSSLEY PARK

Mossley Park is a key site along the Newtownabbey Way (See P58) providing a play park and footpaths alongside the sports facilities. The pavilion is available for private bookings, classes and events.

SIXMILEWATER PARK

Carnmoney Road North, Newtownabbey, BT36 5NL

This attractive town park, with the Six Mile Water River gently flowing through it, offers an open lawn area with meadowland, walkways, play park and outdoor gym equipment making it an ideal destination for an enjoyable day out. The park links to the Sixmile Leisure Centre (See P83) where opportunities for exercise continue! Ballynure Road, Ballyclare, BT39 9YU

V36

This park is a story of two halves! The lower section (V36), with the proximity of the Valley Leisure Centre (See P83) provides countless opportunities for sport and physical activity including the Valley Park Run. The exciting adventure playground has equipment for everyone including a wheelchair accessible swing, while the Civic Linear Park hosts events throughout the year. The upper section of the park is a more relaxing adventure with woodland groves, water ways and a large duck pond. Church Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 7LJ PLEASE WALK ON THE GRASS

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Ever more families are becoming interested in discovering and uncovering their family history and tracing their roots. With this in mind, Antrim and Newtownabbey can provide a number of sources to help you in your search. Perhaps you are a taphophile, someone with an interest in cemeteries... in that case you’ll love Antrim and Newtownabbey. It has a treasure trove of fascinating graveyards, such as Mallusk Graveyard, the last resting place of several prominent United Irishmen, or take a look around the ancient headstones at Rashee Old Graveyard, near Ballyclare.

THE DISTRICT OF CARNGRANNY IN NEWTOWNABBEY TAKES ITS NAME FROM AN ANCIENT STONE AGE MONUMENT "CARN GREINE", THE CAIRN OF THE SUN, WHICH CAN BE FOUND ON THE SOUTH ANTRIM HERITAGE TRAIL CLOSE TO TEMPLEPATRICK


GENEALOGY RESOURCES ACROSS COUNTY ANTRIM If you wish to delve into history and follow your ancestral path back through time, then there are several points of contact to help you unearth your family's past across the Borough. Maybe you have links in the Carnmoney area in particular? Sentry Hill houses a vast collection of photographs, manuscripts, letters and intriguing artefacts, many of which are on display in the house. The previous resident, William McKinney, was an authority on the history of local families in Carnmoney and carried out meticulous genealogical research on local families. William’s work can be a huge help to anyone researching family histories in the area and the staff at Sentry Hill are happy to assist with enquiries (See P21).

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Antrim Library Railway Street 028 9446 1942 Ballymena Local Studies 5 Pat’s Brae, Ballymena 028 2563 3950 Belfast Central Library Royal Avenue, Belfast 028 9050 9150 Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints Holywood Road, Belfast 028 9076 9839 General Register Office Oxford House, 49/55 Chichester Street, Belfast 030 0200 7890 Linenhall Library 17 Donegall Place, Belfast 028 90 32 1707 The North of Ireland Family History Society Valley Business Centre 67 Church Road, Newtownabbey bookings@nifhs.org

Presbyterian Historical Society 26 College Green, Belfast 028 9072 7330 Public Records Office Northern Ireland 2 Titanic Boulevard, Belfast Family History Section 028 9053 4800 Ulster Historical Foundation The Corn Exchange, 3 Gordon Street, Belfast, BT1 2LG 028 9066 1988

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Walking and cycling in Antrim and Newtownabbey means enjoying some of the most picturesque trails in Northern Ireland. Stepping out and pedalling down are great ways for the whole family to get active, have fun, and experience some of the most stunning sights and scenery anywhere in the country. Furthermore, it can all be done safely, along secure way-marked pathways and cycle routes. Take the Antrim Town Loop; four and a half leisurely miles (about 7 km) that guide you along the Six Mile Water River, into the beautiful 400-year old gardens of Antrim Castle Gardens and Clotworthy House. If you’re feeling more energetic, stride to the top of Carnmoney Hill. The climb through its ancient woodland may leave you breathless, but the wonderful views over Belfast Lough will make it all worthwhile.

WILD DEER ARE NOTORIOUSLY HARD TO SPOT, BUT RANDALSTOWN FOREST HAS ITS OWN LARGE DEER ENCLOSURE WHERE FALLOW DEER ROAM FREELY. THERE’S EVEN A RAISED WOODEN PLATFORM OVERLOOKING THE ENCLOSURE WHERE YOU CAN QUIETLY OBSERVE THEM


WALKING ROUTES ACROSS THE BOROUGH Stretching from the north-eastern shores of Lough Neagh and the slopes of Tardree, to the Belfast Hills and the shoreline of Belfast Lough, the Borough of Antrim and Newtownabbey is an ideal area to explore on foot. Steeped in folklore and set in tranquil countryside, the walking routes highlighted in this guide allow you to explore the rich natural and cultural heritage the Borough has to offer. These routes represent just some of the many walking possibilities that exist in the area; careful reading of maps will reveal many possibilities for all the family to enjoy.

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CRUMLIN GLEN 1.8 miles / 2.9 km CRUMLIN Rising to the east on the slopes of Divis Mountain, the Crumlin River has carved a short but deep glen here as it approaches the waters of Lough Neagh. The glen consists of an area of mixed woodland with a wide variety of trees, plants and birds. It is sign posted off the Mill Road in Crumlin, just before the railway bridge as you head out of the town.

RANDALSTOWN FOREST 2.5 miles / 4 km RANDALSTOWN A 430 acre mixed conifer forest that contains an owl conservation centre, deer park and several walking routes. Within the deer enclosure, there is the opportunity to quietly and safely observe up to 25 resident fallow deer. There are also two small adjacent nature reserves at the forest edge on the shores of Lough Neagh. The forest is sign posted off the Staffordstown Road. STEP OUT, PEDAL DOWN

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REA’S WOOD 1.8 miles / 2.9 km ANTRIM A National Nature Reserve located at the north-east corner of Lough Neagh, Rea's Wood is a great example of wet woodland and has a rich diversity of wildlife present. To get there, follow the signs to the Lough Shore Park off the Dublin Road in Antrim. On reaching the Park, turn left continuing to the car park that looks out over Lough Neagh. As you look over the water, Rea’s Wood lies to your left.

SIX MILE WATER & MILL RACE TRAIL 6.2 miles / 10 km ANTRIM This linear walk along the banks of the Sixmilewater starts from the Lough Shore Park, Antrim which is signed off the Dublin Road. The total walking route is 10km, however the walk can be shortened by starting or stopping at any of the access points along the route, including Antrim town centre.

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TARDREE FOREST WALK 2.5 miles / 4 km PARKGATE One of Northern Ireland’s oldest forests, Tardree is a prominent feature on the M2 between Antrim and Templepatrick. The forest hosts a healthy wildlife population with numerous bird species present. The forest also provides a place of relaxation and recreation for many visitors, offering panoramic views over County Antrim and Lough Neagh. In Parkgate turn left onto Connor Road. After 5km turn right, following the forest sign.

TOOME CANAL 1.2 miles / 2 km TOOME This is a 2km walk to the shores of Lough Neagh along the banks of the Toome Canal. On the right hand side are the remains of the old railway bridge over the Bann and there is a viewpoint providing panoramic views over the Lough. In Toome, turn left at the sign for canoe trail, the entrance is on the left.

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CARNMONEY HILL 3 miles / 4.8 km NEWTOWNABBEY This Woodland Trust managed site has recently been designated a Local Nature Reserve, which celebrates the value of this site for both people and wildlife. Walking trails through the site are available for all abilities, with some leading to the summit for spectacular views of Belfast Lough and beyond. Access via Knockenagh Avenue, off Doagh Road; parking available at the lay-by.

MONKSTOWN WOOD 2.8 miles / 4.6 km NEWTOWNABBEY This Woodland Trust owned site is a gentle walk suitable for people of all abilities and the range of habitats will allow the visitor to appreciate the importance of natural open space within this densely populated area. The range of habitats is an important resource and provides a great transport corridor for our local wildlife. Parking and access off Monkstown Road, off Doagh Road.

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CYCLE ROUTES ACROSS THE BOROUGH With a great choice of short distant cycle routes, all of which connect into much longer National Cycle Network routes, Antrim and Newtownabbey is ideal for both enthusiastic and recreational cyclists. With routes of varying distance, you can take a leisurely ride around the Antrim Town Loop or saddle up for the day taking in stunning lough and riverside trails, wooded areas and nature at its best in the Borough. Pick up a copy of the Borough Cycling Guide or for further information go to visitantrimandnewtownabbey.com

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NEWTOWNABBEY WAY 9 miles / 14.5 km NEWTOWNABBEY This relatively new route runs from Global Point at Corr's Corner to the shores of Belfast Lough and links to NCN Route 93. The greenway passes through the grounds of Mossley Mill and continues through the Three Mile Water Park to the lough shore at Whiteabbey Village. From here, the traffic free Loughshore path takes you into Hazelbank Park, through Gideon’s Green and south to Jordanstown Loughshore Park and its facilities to the north.

RANDALSTOWN VIADUCT WALKWAY & CYCLE PATH 1.7 miles / 2.7 km RANDALSTOWN The viaduct was constructed from random basalt in the late 18th century and has nine arches. The top of the Viaduct and part of the railway track have been converted into a walkway and cycle path leading from Station Road to New Street. This development provides spectacular views of Randalstown, the River Maine and the adjoining parkland of Shane’s Castle.

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ANTRIM TOWN LOOP 4.5 miles / 7.2 km ANTRIM Starting at Antrim Lough Shore Park, follow the pathway south through Rea’s Wood, then travel inland along Kirby’s Lane until you reach the Six Mile Water River. Here a path takes you back into Antrim along a section of the Mill Race Trail. Cycle through the town to the Barbican Gate, then turn left into Antrim Castle Gardens, passing the Motte en-route to Clotworthy House. Cross the river at the Deer Park Bridge and follow the riverside path back to the Lough.

LAGAN & LOUGH CYCLE WAY 21 miles / 33.8 km START AT JORDANSTOWN Beginning at Loughshore Park in Jordanstown, this award winning Way is mostly a traffic-free linear cycle ride connecting Lisburn, Belfast and Jordanstown. Cycle through Whiteabbey Village and into Hazelbank Park where you can enjoy picture perfect views across Belfast Lough before continuing along North Foreshore Path to Donegal Quay and into Belfast City. The route passes along the waterside environment of the Lagan Towpath and Belfast Lough. STEP OUT, PEDAL DOWN

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LOUGHSHORE TRAIL 113 miles / 182 km LOUGH NEAGH This trail provides the unique opportunity to cycle around Lough Neagh, the largest freshwater lake in the British Isles. Incorporating over 25 major sites of interest including marinas, nature reserves, parks and sites of archaeological interest. There is also an option to cycle shorter linear routes of the trail. Starting at Antrim Forum, cyclists can pedal to Randalstown and Toome in one direction, or head south to Crumlin in the other direction.

LOWER BANN CYCLE WAY 45 miles / 72 km START AT TOOME CANAL Beginning at Toome Canal, this trail takes you through picturesque scenery close to Portglenone Forest, an ancient woodland particularly famous for its Spring Bluebells. Following the River Bann from Toome, the Way takes you through Portglenone and up to the Barmouth in Castlerock where the river enters the Atlantic Ocean. Cyclists can also choose a shorter route, taking in the scenery of Lough Beg and the Lower Bann along the way.

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WALKING TRAILS

CYCLE TRAILS

1. Crumlin Glen 2. Randalstown Forest 3. Rea’s Wood 4. Six Mile Water 5. Tardree Forest Walk 6. Toome Canal 7. Carnmoney Hill 8. Monkstown Wood

9. Newtownabbey Way 10. Randalstown Viaduct Walkway & Cycle Path 11. Lagan and Lough Cycle Way 12. Antrim Town Loop 13. Lower Bann Cycle Trail 14. Lough Shore Trail

Shared use paths are a great way to get around Cyclists, please don’t expect to cycle at high speeds, by bike, but they’re also used by many other be prepared to slow down or stop if necessary, be careful at junctions, bends and entrances and give people. way to walkers and wheelchair users. When in the countryside, remember to Leave No Trace; dispose of waste properly, leave what you find and respect wildlife. Walkers, if you are walking with a dog, please keep it on a lead at all times.

Bicycles are carried free on all train and Goldline bus services in Northern lreland, although it is important to check if there are any restrictions before you travel; visit www.translink.co.uk for further information.

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It’s hard to escape from water in Antrim and Newtownabbey. Water has shaped our landscape, powered our industries, moulded our agriculture and also provides a wonderful leisure resource for folks of all ages and inclinations to enjoy. Anglers holding a valid Rod Licence and appropriate permissions can get hooked on some of the most compelling game and coarse fishing to be enjoyed anywhere in the British Isles. But as well as rivers like the Six Mile Water, the Crumlin and Lower Bann, the Borough has a number of well-stocked fisheries, such as those at Ballyclare and Mossley Mill, all of which welcome anglers and beginners of all abilities. For those who take their pleasure on the water, the area offers canoeing and sailing, as well as cruises to Ram’s Island and other destinations around Lough Neagh.

YOU CAN STAY IN THE ONLY COASTGUARD BOAT HOUSE ON BELFAST LOUGH. THE HERITAGE BUILDING HAS KEPT MUCH OF ITS HISTORICAL ATTRIBUTES, INCLUDING A WINDOW DATING FROM THE 1840s , ORIGINAL BEAMS AND BOAT HOUSE RIGGING. THE BOAT HOUSE CAN ALSO BE TRACED BACK TO THE DAYS OF THE UNITED IRISHMEN.


GET HOOKED FISHING ACROSS THE BOROUGH A Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) Rod Licence is required by anyone aged 12 or over for all fishing in the Borough of Antrim and Newtownabbey. Either a Game Angling Licence or a Coarse Angling Licence may be purchased online at: www.nidirect.gov.uk/angling Anglers require a rod licence and permit to fish in freshwater lakes, loughs and rivers in Northern Ireland. The licence is for the fishing rod and the game or coarse fish you're allowed to catch. A permit grants you the right to fish in a particular fishery. In addition, some fisheries will require a permit in order to fish particular club-controlled or privately owned waters. These are supplied by the clubs and fisheries that control the fishing rights and are readily available from nominated distributors, located throughout the Borough. For all information on permits, tackle and fishing in the area visit antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/ anglingguide

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COARSE FISHING Coarse fishing is available seasonally (except Sundays) on the Six Mile Water River (from Antrim Forum Leisure Centre downstream to Lough Neagh), and all year round on the River Bann. A coarse fishing rod licence covers the use of two rods. Please note that a Game rod licence is required on the Six Mile Water River – this will only entitle you to use one rod.

GAME FISHING Four rivers in Antrim and Newtownabbey provide game fishing from 1 March to 31 October, with the best fishing from April: River Maine enters Lough Neagh south of Randalstown and flows through the Shane’s Castle Demesne. Six Mile Water River is famous for its trout fishing and also has salmon and dollaghan. It flows through or close to the communities of Ballynure, Ballyclare, Doagh, Parkgate, Templepatrick, Dunadry and Antrim into Lough Neagh. No Sunday fishing is allowed. Crumlin River flows west of Crumlin through Crumlin Glen to enter Lough Neagh. Angling stands are available in Crumlin Glen for improved accessibility. Lower Bann provides for game angling from the sluice gates at Toome downstream. All of the rivers hold excellent stocks of wild brown trout with salmon and dollaghan (the famous Lough Neagh migratory trout) entering these rivers from early August and providing excellent sport until the end of the season. Potterswall Reservoir also provides excellent game fishing.

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GHILLIE SERVICES

CRAIGMORE FISHERY

A number of local APGAI Ireland-qualified casting and angling instructors reside within the Borough. Stevie Munn

077 1746 0131 anglingclassics@aol.com www.anglingclassics.co.uk

Sam Andrews

078 8942 3965 samandrews100@hotmail.com

Joe Stitt

028 9336 1872 078 5002 3757 joe.s@fsmail.net

Ray McKeeman

028 9303 8721 079 8497 5850 info@straidfishery.com

30 Clonkeen Road, Randalstown, BT41 3JL 028 9447 2806 or 078 3400 5216 craigmorefishery@hotmail.co.uk www.craigmorefishery.co.uk Craigmore Fishery provides excellent fly fishing on a five acre, spring-fed lake set in the quiet countryside with scenic views of Lough Neagh. The fishery is stocked weekly with top quality rainbow trout. The fishery also offers a bait pond, hot food, canteen and accessible facilities.

CREEVE TROUT FISHERY

115 Staffordstown Road, Randalstown, BT41 3LH 028 9447 8566 or 028 9447 2547 creevehouseinn@btconnect.com www.creevetroutfishery.com Creeve Trout Fishery is a family-run fishing lake where anglers and beginners of all abilities are welcome. Restocked on a weekly basis, the lake is set in a tranquil location surrounded by green fields and mature trees. Fly casting tuition can be booked and refreshments can be provided. Accessible facilities include an Angler’s rest cabin, Fly rod and reel rental, boat hire and jetty.

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MOSSLEY MILL FISHERY

Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey, BT36 5QA 028 9034 0000 info@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk visitantrimandnewtownabbey.com This unique 5.5 acre (2.2 hectare), brown trout fishery is set in the grounds of a restored nineteenth-century linen mill in Newtownabbey. The fishery is run on a partnership basis between the award-winning Three Mile Water Conservation and Angling Association and Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.

STRAID FISHERY

21 Castletown Road, Ballynure, BT39 9PU 028 9303 8721 info@straidfishery.com www.straidfishery.com County Antrim's largest managed public 'pay & fish' fishery has three lakes: 20 acres of fly fishing for rainbow trout from boat/bank; a two-acre any-method lake for families only; and, a half-acre carp lake. Also, there's an on-site fly fishing school which caters for beginners to advanced anglers.

TILDARG FISHERY

42 Breckenhill Road, Doagh, BT39 0TB 028 9334 0604 office@tildargfishery.co.uk Beautiful 17-acre lake stocked with rainbow trout and naturally-breeding brown trout. Boats are available to hire and include two wheelchair accessible boats (free to hire). The lodge has a rest room with a fire, kitchen facilities, toilets and a shop with confectionery, drinks and a range of fishing equipment to buy and rods for hire. There is also a bait pond, ideal for young anglers and lessons.

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MAKE A SPLASH CANOEING IN THE BOROUGH Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has improved access for canoeists along the Six Mile Water River, making it a safer place to paddle. Facilities include the construction of canoe steps at Muckamore, the creation of access and egress points and an information point at Barbour’s Weir and life rings along the river.

LOUGH NEAGH CANOE TRAIL Lough Neagh is the UK’s largest inland lake with a shoreline of over 90 miles/150km. Paddlers can explore the numerous bays and inlets around the Lough or the vast expanse of open water, whilst observing a diversity of wildlife and historical sites.

LOWER BANN CANOE TRAIL Stretching from Lough Neagh to the Atlantic Ocean, this scenic 58km canoe trail along the River Bann offers canoeists a mix of tranquil waters and some faster flowing sections. The Lower Bann Canoe Trail links up with the Lough Neagh Trail at Toomebridge. Please visit www.canoeni.com for interactive maps and information on access points for all the above canoe trails.

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SET SAIL BOAT TRIPS IN THE BOROUGH Take to the open waters and experience Lough Neagh in style! For a memorable cruise why not board the 'Maid of Antrim' and explore the Lough in comfort. Or for something different, take a trip on the 'Island Warrior' and explore Ram's Island at your own leisure!

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ISLAND WARRIOR

LOUGH NEAGH

RAM'S ISLAND

The best way to discover Lough Neagh is to step on board the Maid of Antrim, which has recently been restored to its former glory. Departing from Antrim Lough Shore Park, passengers can avail of its one and two hour cruises in the lounge or open sun deck. A trip on the Maid of Antrim will be a memorable experience for adults and children alike.

The Island Warrior is a licensed passenger boat that takes visitors to Ram’s Island (See P20).

The vessel can also be chartered for private parties or corporate entertainment. Full bar facilities and a snack bar are provided on board. 028 9447 3999 / 079 6992 7098

The boat trips are every Saturday in July and August. The boat leaves from Crumlin Marina at Sandy Bay between 12.30pm and 5.30pm with the last boat leaving the Island at 6pm. Evening and Sunday cruises to Ram’s Island can be organised by prior arrangement. Why not bring a picnic and enjoy an afternoon on Ram’s Island? The boat trips are subject to weather conditions so it is recommended to ring in advance.

conlaw@btinternet.com

077 1536 8050

www.loughneaghcruises.co.uk

warden@ramsisland.org

Seasonal operational times vary

www.ramsisland.org Seasonal operational times vary

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Antrim and Newtownabbey has golf courses for all abilities, set amid the rolling Country Antrim countryside. So whatever kind of golfer you are, you can get in the swing at no fewer than five 9 and 18-hole golf

courses. In fact, the Hilton and Massereene courses are acknowledged as among the finest in Northern Ireland. Or if you fancy playing on a different type of green altogether, the world-renowned Jim Baker Stadium welcomes bowlers of all ages and abilities for fun and competitive play. What’s more, all of these activities are available in modern, well-equipped sports environments, where you’ll find great facilities, with professional supervision and coaching as required.

JIM BAKER BOWLING STADIUM IS NAMED AFTER THE MAN WHO IS CONSIDERED BY MANY AS IRELAND’S GREATEST EVER BOWLER. JIM WON FOUR WORLD MEDALS, A COMMONWEALTH GAMES MEDAL AND NUMEROUS BRITISH AND IRISH TITLE-WINNING MEDALS


HILTON TEMPLEPATRICK GOLF CLUB

MASSEREENE GOLF CLUB

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This superb 18-hole golf course, designed by David Jones and David Feherty, has been acclaimed as Jones’ finest work.

This challenging and picturesque 18-hole par 72 Championship Golf Parkland Course covers 140 acres of mature tree-lined fairways adjacent to the shores of Lough Neagh, with views as far as County Tyrone to the west. Massereene is a host club for many GUI and ILGU competitions, as it is a challenging but enjoyable course with easy access to all parts of Northern Ireland and only eight minutes from Belfast International Airport. Winner of the GGI ‘Hidden Gem’ award 2018 and due to co-host the N.I. Open in August 2019.

This is one of the best layouts in the country with over 7,000 yards of challenging fairways and greens, interspersed with lakes and mature parkland. The superb practice facilities includes a floodlit and covered driving range. Visitors are welcome at all times and can book live tee times online. Located within the grounds of Hilton Templepatrick hotel, it's the perfect venue for a golfing break. Paradise Walk, Castle Upton Estate, Templepatrick, BT39 0DD 028 9443 5542 reservations.templepatrick@hilton.com www.hilton.co.uk/golfni

Overseas visitors, societies and causal golfers are always welcome at Massereene Golf Club. 51 Lough Road, Antrim, BT41 4DQ 028 9442 8096 info@massereenegc.co.uk www.massereenegc.co.uk

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BALLYEARL GOLF & LEISURE CENTRE NEWTOWNABBEY This par 3, 9-hole golf course is excellent for the keen beginner or for those who wish to practice on a short course. A resident PGA professional is available throughout opening hours to provide expert advice and tuition. 27 floodlit driving bays are open each weekday evening until 10pm, with a golf shop also located on site. 585 Doagh Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5RZ 028 9084 8287 ballyearl@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

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ALLEN PARK ANTRIM This 18-hole, Par 72 course covers an area of approximately 143 acres and stretches over 6,683 yards. Three man-made lakes add to the beauty of the gently undulating course, with many of the holes proving a test for even the more experienced golfer. In Summer 2016, the centre underwent a major redevelopment to transform it into a multi activity sports hub, with an upgraded driving range, synthetic practice greens and fully refurbished clubhouse with licensed restaurant. Additional facilities also include a new full size sports hall, meeting room and changing area along with three outdoor 3G pitches. 45 Castle Road, Antrim, BT41 4NA 028 9442 9001 allenpark@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

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BALLYCLARE GOLF CLUB

GREENACRES GOLF CENTRE

BALLYCLARE

BALLYCLARE

Set in the rolling, green countryside around the bustling, traditional market town of Ballyclare, this parkland course makes use of the natural features of its landscape, in particular the local river and streams. The fairways are tree lined and as expected, accurate driving is required for a good score.

A challenging parkland course designed to fit in with the natural rolling countryside of County Antrim. Its proximity to Belfast also makes it an ideal stop for a quick round with visitors based in the city. In addition to the course, there is a 20-bay, fully floodlit driving range, perfect if you want to get in a little practice.

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25 Springvale Road, Ballyclare, BT39 9JW

155 Ballyrobert Road, Ballyclare, BT39 9RT

028 9332 2696

028 9335 4111

info@ballyclaregolfclub.com

info@greenacresgolfcentre.co.uk

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JIM BAKER BOWLING STADIUM

BURNFIELD FOOT GOLF

PARKGATE

NEWTOWNABBEY

Jim Baker Bowling Stadium, the number one indoor bowls venue in Ireland, is open to bowlers of all ages and abilities for fun and competitive play.

Burnfield Foot Golf is a wonderful 18 hole par 69 course situated in Newtownabbey. Fun for all the family, sports teams, youth clubs, stag, hen parties and more. Advance booking recommended.

Facilities include two indoor bowling greens, bar, restaurant, pool tables and television lounge. Coaching and hire of bowls on request. Open to beginners and nonmembers. Group and club outings welcome. Ballysavage Road, Parkgate, BT39 0DX

10 Cullyburn Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5BN 077 5157 6555 info@burnfieldfootgolf.com www.burnfieldfootgolf.com

028 9443 2937 contact@jimbakerstadium.com www.jimbakerstadium.com

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When it comes to getting out and getting active, our visitors are simply spoilt for choice. Whether your idea of relaxation is an intensive two-hour gym workout or taking aim in archery, there's more than enough to keep you going across the Borough. Perhaps you feel the need for speed; squeeze yourself into a kart and experience life in the fast lane, or even take to the roads on a custom Harley Davidson motorcycle. The region’s main towns have public leisure facilities with classes where you can work out or swim to keep fit and trim. Or if you prefer the great outdoors, simply combine your keep fit regime with the wide open spaces at the many outdoor gyms in the Borough.

LOCAL 5KM PARK RUNS TAKES PLACE EACH SATURDAY FROM ANTRIM LOUGH SHORE PARK AND V36 AT THE VALLEY LEISURE CENTRE. THEY’RE FREE AND ANYONE CAN JOIN IN. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CHECK OUT WWW.PARKRUN.ORG.UK


AT YOUR LEISURE LEISURE CENTRES ACROSS THE BOROUGH

ANTRIM FORUM

Lough Road, Antrim, BT41 4DQ 028 9446 4131 forum@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk visitantrimandnewtownabbey.com Antrim Forum offers fun for all the family with swimming pools, ten pin bowling, Cavemen Capers soft play, state of the art fitness suite overlooking the beautiful Antrim Castle Gardens and a wide range of activities including football, tennis and basketball. Also on site is the Antrim Forum Spa with state-of-the-art facilities to ensure you can thoroughly relax (See P106).

BALLYEARL ARTS & LEISURE CENTRE

585 Doagh Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5RZ 028 9084 8287 ballyearl@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk visitantrimandnewtownabbey.com A unique location which hosts, sport and recreation, arts and crafts and business meetings. The fitness suite at Ballyearl has panoramic views across the driving range and also boasts an open plan gym. There are a range of fitness classes, squash courts and a 9-hole golf course on site.

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CRUMLIN LEISURE CENTRE

Main Street, Crumlin, BT29 4UP 028 9448 1973 crumlinlc@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk visitantrimandnewtownabbey.com This new multi-activity sports hub provides modern state-of-the-art facilities which everyone can enjoy. 3G pitches, sports halls, fitness suites, conference suite/dance studio and play park.

SIXMILE LEISURE CENTRE

Ballynure Road, Ballyclare, BT39 9YU 028 9334 1818 sixmile@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk visitantrimandnewtownabbey.com Located in the heart of Ballyclare, this state of the art centre offers some of the finest leisure and fitness facilities in Northern Ireland. The leisure swimming pool provides fun for all the family with a slide, lazy river & other features as well as a children’s splash pool. Fitness suite, sauna, steam room, spa pool and sports hall providing a wide range of activities and classes for all.

VALLEY LEISURE CENTRE

Church Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 7LJ 028 9086 1211 valley@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk visitantrimandnewtownabbey.com Valley Leisure Centre offers a superb range of leisure and sporting activities, including swimming, football, table tennis, badminton, dance, squash, basketball, gymnastics, cheerleading, gaelic football, hockey, roller hockey, powerlifting, gym classes and V36 play park.

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OUTDOOR GYMS ACROSS THE BOROUGH Outdoor gyms bring a new dimension to outdoor activity and are ideal to complement your walk or run. Suitable for all fitness levels, these pieces of gym equipment are specifically designed for outdoor use and are completely free to use. There are currently six outdoor gyms within the Borough: Hazelbank Park, Newtownabbey Neillsbrook Community Centre, Randalstown Six Mile Water Path, Antrim Sixmilewater River Path, Ballyclare Toome Linear Park, Toomebridge Wallace Park, Templepatrick

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ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES IN THE BOROUGH

ESCARMOUCHE ACTIVITIES

Shane’s Castle, Randalstown, BT41 2AD 077 7463 6254 escarmouche1@hotmail.com www.escarmouche.com As Ireland’s largest paintball and multi-activity park, boasting two intense close-quarter, forest-based games, five Dynamic Urban Zones, the Gauntlet Assault Course, Zorb Football and many more activities. Escarmouche will make sure your day is an experience you will want to repeat over and over again. Tailor made half day and full day packages available.

BELFAST HARLEY-DAVIDSON

Killbegs Business Park, Antrim, BT41 4LZ 028 9446 6999 info@belfastharleydavidson.com www.belfastharleydavidson.com Take the opportunity to hire a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and explore the freedom of our quiet, open roads, not to mention the fabulous scenery and the ‘craic’ wherever you stop. Setting out from our Harley-Davidson showroom in Antrim, visitors can access the most popular tourist sites in Northern Ireland within a few hours. The hire service includes the use of a recent model Harley-Davidson, helmets, rainwear and insurance (subject to terms and conditions). GET OUT, GET ACTIVE

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BALLYCLARE ACTIVITY TRAIL

028 9334 0311 info@ballyclareactivitytrail.com www.ballyclareactivitytrail.com Ballyclare Activity Trail can offer three choices of accommodation, three places to eat and a variety of places to have fun including fishing, archery, golf, walking, orienteering, outdoor activities, horse-riding, indoor soccer and go-karting. You can also visit a beautiful nursery garden and an organic farm. Our goal is to provide you with either a great day out or if you want to stay longer, a wonderful few days of fun.

BRECKENHILL

45 Breckenhill Road, Ballyclare, BT39 0TB 028 9334 0311 office@breckenhill.co.uk www.breckenhillactivities.co.uk Outdoor activity centre with archery, orienteering, low ropes assault course, raft building, low-level climbing wall, two-seater trikes and splatmaster paintball (suitable for kids aged 8+). Available for group bookings, birthday parties and regular open days. Part of Ballyclare Activity Trail

NEED 4 SPEED

Doagh Business Park, 11 Kilbride Road Ballyclare, BT39 0QA 028 9334 2777 info@need4speedkarting.com www.need4speedkarting.com An indoor karting track that is ideal for a fun-filled day out. Each booking has exclusive use of the track and premises. Part of the Ballyclare Activity Trail.

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THE SOCCER SHED

51 Green Road, Ballyclare, BT39 9PH 028 9332 4551 www.thesoccershed.co.uk An indoor leisure facility that offers two indoor 3G football pitches; ideal for football matches, soccer tournaments, rugby training, fitness classes, children’s birthday parties and corporate events. Part of the Ballyclare Activity Trail.

BORDERLINE COMBAT AIRSOFT

51 Green Road, Ballyclare, BT39 9PH 028 9303 7030 bookings@megaleisureni.com www.megaleisureni.com Borderline Combat offers fast paced Airsoft tactical team play. It is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK and offers an experience unlike any other. The site has both Indoor & Outdoor play areas and an on-site cafe. Free Wi-Fi and toilet facilities available. Wheelchair accessible and fully UKARA registered and insured. Ideal for private shoots, stag parties or company corporate days out.

NERF WORKS

51 Green Road, Ballyclare, BT39 9PH 028 9303 7030 bookings@megaleisureni.com www.nerfworx.com Let off steam in a purpose built arena and blast your way to victory at the only official NERF site in Northern Ireland! The venue provides a fun packed, adventure filled experience for children aged 6 and over. The site has free Wi-Fi, on-site catering and parking. Birthday parties and youth groups can also be accommodated.

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Take the family for a day out in Antrim and Newtownabbey. Whether it’s an outdoor activity centre or a visit to a fun farm, there’s plenty to keep everyone active and entertained. If the weather doesn’t play fair, you can always continue the fun indoors at one of our great leisure complexes. Young ones can get up close to a range of animals at Clementsmount Open Farm, while older children will enjoy taking part in adventure activities, such as canoeing on the Lower Bann. For something completely different, why not get up close to an owl at the World of Owls Centre in Randalstown Forest? Afterwards, pick a flick and chill out at one of the Borough’s cinema complexes or tuck into a hearty meal at a family-friendly restaurant; memories are made of this!

THERE ARE AROUND 200 DIFFERENT OWL SPECIES IN THE WORLD; THEY ARE NOCTURNAL CREATURES, MEANING THAT THEY ARE ACTIVE AT NIGHT. AN OWLS SURVIVAL DEPENDS ON IT’S AMAZING POWERS OF SUPER HEARING AND SILENT FLIGHT


FARMS, FUN & FLUFFY FRIENDS ACROSS THE BOROUGH

CLEMENTSMOUNT FUN FARM

50 Ballydonaghy Road, Crumlin, BT29 4ER 028 9442 2824 info@clementsmountfunfarm.co.uk www.clementsmountfunfarm.co.uk Ideal spot to stop for lots of fun, for all the family. Great indoor and outdoor activities such as the Petting barn, Pedal go-karts, Soft play area, Trim trail, Pony rides and much, much more. You will get the chance to meet and hold some of the animals. School groups and birthday parties are welcome. Just give us a call and we can make arrangements to meet your needs.

BALLYLAGAN ORGANIC FARM

12 Ballylagan Road, Straid, Ballyclare, BT39 9NF 028 9332 2867 or 028 9332 2129 info@ballylagan.com www.ballylagan.com Ballylagan Organic Farm has been a pioneer in sustainable farming for over 25 years. Much of the energy we use and food we sell is produced on the farm. For the full organic experience visit our farm shop and tea room. Top off your visit with a leisurely walk round our farm trail where you can experience the changing seasons in parts of the countryside normally hidden to the public. Also look out for new arrivals such as lambs and piglets. Part of the Ballyclare Activity Trail.

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WORLD OF OWLS

32 Mount Shalgus Lane, Randalstown Forest, BT41 3LE 028 9447 2307 admin@worldofowls.com www.worldofowls.com Northern Ireland's only Owl, Bird of Prey and Exotic Animal Sanctuary. One of the largest collections of owls in Europe. A zoological registered charity open to the public, working to benefit education and conservation for Northern Ireland. With dedicated and fully trained voluntary staff we are situated within the very beautiful Randalstown Forest.

LAUREL VIEW EQUESTRIAN CENTRE

18 Knowehead Road, Ballyclare, BT39 0BX 028 9083 0649 laurelview01@btinternet.com www.laurelview.co.uk Our family-run activity centre provides accredited and qualified horse riding instruction. Riding in indoor arenas when the weather is inclement, with opportunities to take advantage of the hacking track when the sun comes out. Call us to book a horse riding lesson. Minimum age of 6 years applies. Part of the Ballyclare Activity Trail.

MACKENZIE'S EQUESTRIAN CENTRE

10 Ballydrummaul Road, Randalstown, BT41 3JD 028 9447 8516 paul@mackenziesequestriancentre.com www.mackenziesequestriancentre.com MacKenzie’s Equestrian Centre is DAERA approved and family run in a rural setting. The centre provides lessons for all ages (starting at 5+) and offers riding and stable management lessons, from beginners to the more experienced. Indoor arenas of international size are available for hire with full set up of show jumps and regular shows running.

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PLAY TIME ACROSS THE BOROUGH

SOFT PLAY CENTRES

Caveman Capers Antrim Forum, Lough Road, Antrim, BT41 4DQ 028 9446 4131 www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk Fun Works Unit 3 Glenwell Road, Glengormley, BT36 7RF 028 9083 0010 www.funworksplay.co.uk Funky Monkeys Antrim Junction One Retail Park, Antrim, BT41 4LL 028 9448 8276 www.funkymonkeys.co.uk Funky Monkeys Newtownabbey Unit 2A Starplan Complex, Longwood Road, Newtownabbey, BT37 9UL 028 9036 9333 newtownabbey@funkymonkeysni.co.uk www.funkymonkeys.co.uk Playzone Valley Leisure Centre, Church Road Newtownabbey, BT36 7LJ 028 9034 0227 www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

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JCB YOUNG DRIVER ZONE

The Junction Retail and Leisure Park, Ballymena Road, Antrim, BT41 4LL 028 9442 9111 info@thejunctionshopping.com www.thejunctionshopping.com If you have always fancied having a go at driving a construction vehicle, now is your chance. JCB Young Drivers Zone boasts over 50 ride-on JCB vehicles for 2 to 8 year olds with a specially designed track featuring bridges, humps, roundabouts and overtaking lanes.

GLOW-IN-THE-DARK TEN PIN BOWLING

Antrim Forum, Lough Road, Antrim, BT41 4DQ 028 9446 4131 forum@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/ antrimforum Featuring six lanes of outer space ten pin bin bowling and special UV lighting you'll be amazed at the impressive galactic themed, glow-in-the-dark bowling alley! Each lane caters for up to six people and is ideal for children's birthday parties, a corporate night out or just a fun night with friends. Also available for private hire.

GLENGORMLEY SPORTSBOWL

3-5 Glenwell Road, Glengormley, BT36 7RF 028 9084 8323 info@glengormleysportsbowl.com www.glengormleysportsbowl.com Glengormley Sportsbowl, in the heart of Glengormley, houses 16 lanes of automated tenpin bowling with automatic bumpers available for young children. There is an indoor karting area for children and a variety of video games and pool tables on site too. The cafĂŠ on site provides a variety of soft drinks and snacks as well as hot food. Great for children's birthday parties, it's also ideal for a fun day out for all the family.

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With its rich and varied cultural heritage, it is hardly surprising that Antrim and Newtownabbey supports a vibrant contemporary arts programme. The Borough is home to no less than three theatrical venues; Theatre at The Mill, The Old Courthouse and Courtyard Theatre. Whatever your taste, you will find something to stimulate the mind and delight the senses, whether it be drama, opera, comedy or music. There is also a range of contemporary gallery spaces, with a lively seasonal range of courses and classes for adults and children at Antrim Castle Gardens & Clotworthy House, Ballyearl Arts & Leisure Centre and Museum at The Mill.

BUILT IN 1726, THE OLD COURTHOUSE IN ANTRIM IS THE OLDEST COURT HOUSE STILL STANDING IN NORTHERN IRELAND. NOWADAYS IT SERVES AS A SUPERB THEATRICAL VENUE AND PROVIDES VISITOR INFORMATION IN ADDITION TO A LIVELY COFFEE SHOP


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THEATRE AT THE MILL NEWTOWNABBEY One of three performing arts spaces in Antrim and Newtownabbey, Theatre at The Mill, is a contemporary performing arts venue, set in the imaginatively restored Mossley Mill in Newtownabbey. Connecting the latest modern facilities to the area's historic past, the theatre offers unique fun experiences, top quality live performances and nights out with a wide programme of musicals, dance, drama, comedy, concerts, family shows and workshops. Theatre at The Mill boasts its own Home Spun Youth Drama School and has produced first class productions such as Les MisĂŠrables, The Producers and Oklahoma to name but a few. The 400 seat professional theatre also has free parking on site, a fully licensed bar and restaurant facilities. Theatre at The Mill also lends itself as a unique conference and exhibition venue and has hosted iTeach, Arts & Business Awards and Volunteer Accolades. Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey, BT36 5QA 028 9034 0202 (Box Office) www.theatreatthemill.com

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COURTYARD THEATRE NEWTOWNABBEY The Courtyard Theatre is set in the landscaped gardens of Ballyearl Arts and Leisure Centre in Newtownabbey. The intimate 180 seat theatre offers a wide range of arts and entertainment throughout the year including drama, dance, comedy, musicals, family shows, concerts, community and amateur dramatics. There is free car parking at the facility and a fully licensed bar. Ballyearl Arts & Leisure Centre, Doagh Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5RZ 028 9034 0202 (Box Office) www.thecourtyardtheatre.com

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THE OLD COURTHOUSE THEATRE ANTRIM The beautiful historic surroundings make the Old Courthouse the perfect place to sit back, relax and watch the world go by. A bijou cafĂŠ provides tasty snacks throughout the day and a bar service before, after and during the interval of some events. Market Square, Antrim, BT41 4AW 028 9448 1338 (Box Office) www.theoldcourthousetheatre.com

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People in Antrim and Newtownabbey know how to enjoy themselves and they love visitors to join in too. It’s not surprising to find a healthy programme of events and festivals in Antrim and Newtownabbey, from community celebrations with a local theme, to larger festivals that embrace the whole Borough and beyond. If you have a taste for local speciality foods and handmade crafts, then a visit to one of our markets is a must. Held seasonally across the Borough, with displays, live music and family entertainment. For more information on events and markets across the Borough: visitantrimandnewtownabbey.com Also, things take a magical twist in the award winning Antrim Castle Gardens every December, when it plays host to Northern Ireland's Premier Christmas event the Enchanted Winter Garden. Explore the captivating sights and sounds of the gardens and historic buildings including the mystical Wonderland Wood brought to life with dazzling lights and flames as well as magical fairies and elves.

ANTRIM AND NEWTOWNABBEY BOROUGH COUNCIL RUNS AN INTRIGUING RANGE OF COURSES, CLASSES, WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, WHERE YOU CAN LEARN EVERYTHING FROM SPOON CARVING, TO HOW TO MAKE A KNOT RING


Let’s face it, we all deserve to indulge ourselves just a little, every now and again. So what’s your fancy... perhaps you’d like to spend an afternoon shopping for that fashion item you’ve had your eye on? Maybe there’s a new blockbuster cinema release that you really want to see or perhaps you simply want to chill out a few hours, relaxing in the soothing balm of a luxurious spa. Whatever tickles your fancy, you’ll find it here in Antrim and Newtownabbey; jaw-dropping shopping, cool, classy cinemas, inspirational spas. In fact, everything to make sure that you not only look good and feel good, but that you have fun too!

THE SAUNA IS NOT A NEW INVENTION; AS EARLY AS THE 7TH CENTURY, THE IRISH WERE USING STONE-BUILT SWEATHOUSES TO CURE FEVERS AND RELIEVE MUSCLE PAINS. WITH A FIRE TO HEAT THE WALLS AND WATER TO PRODUCE STEAM, PATIENTS SAT INSIDE WITH THE ENTRANCE SEALED


THE JUNCTION RETAIL AND LEISURE PARK

Ballymena Road, Antrim, BT41 4LL 028 9442 9111 info@thejunctionshopping.com www.thejunctionshopping.com Shopping and entertainment don’t get bigger than this. The Junction is the go-to retail and leisure destination in Northern Ireland. A playground for visitors of all ages. Shopping is only one part of The Junction experience. As well as over 30 retailers, including M&S, Next, Gap, Homebase and Asda, we offer a wide range of places to eat and drink, activities for the kids and a 10-screen Omniplex cinema. There is more than enough to keep the whole family entertained. A great day out on a grand scale.

ABBEY CENTRE

Longwood Rd, Newtownabbey, BT37 9UH 028 9086 8018 info@abbeycentreshopping.co.uk www.abbeycentreshopping.co.uk Abbey Centre offers shoppers an impressive reason to retail with over 70 stores, up to four hours free parking and free Wi-Fi. Indulge in some retail therapy in NI's largest Next, our designer Dunnes Stores and super Primark. Dine in South African style in Nando's and while away the day with late weeknight shopping until 9pm. With everything from your local butcher to your local locksmith, we are your covered high street. Experience your Abbey Centre today - fashion and food to suit your lifestyle. Feel right at home.

CASTLE MALL

Market Square, Antrim BT41 4DN 028 9442 8269 info@castlemallantrim.com www.castlemallantrim.com Castle Mall is located in the heart of Antrim town centre, offering free car parking for up to 3 hours. Many familiar high street shops are located within the centre including Post Office, Gordons Chemist, Poundstretcher, Choices, New Look, Superdrug, Specsavers, Holland & Barrett, Hurrells Electrical, Shoe Zone, Timpsons, Poundland, Card Factory and Classique Coffee Shop.

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ON THE SILVER SCREEN CINEMAS ACROSS THE BOROUGH

OMNIPLEX MAXX ANTRIM The Junction Retail and Leisure Park, Ballymena Road, Antrim, BT41 4LL 028 9446 0658 www.omniplex.ie Boasting the latest in projection and digital sound technology, Omniplex cinemas have become the standard bearer for multiplex facilities. Stadium seating in all screens with superbly comfortable seats and more than ample leg room provide patrons with a first-class environment to watch the latest blockbuster movies. At our concessions areas choose from freshly made popcorn, ice-cold drinks and delicious Pick 'N’ Mix.

MOVIE HOUSE GLENGORMLEY Glenwell Road, Glengormley, BT36 7RF 028 9083 3424 www.moviehouse.co.uk Movie House Glengormley boasts six screens featuring big American seats, the best in sound and visual quality and free parking. With popular family matinees and two evening performances every day, the Movie House provides great value entertainment every day of the week. Make sure to check out special price promotions on the cinema website.

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ANTRIM FORUM SPA ANTRIM The stunning Antrim Forum Spa incorporates state-of-the-art facilities to ensure you are thoroughly relaxed and pampered. Within the centre, a therapy room offers a range of beauty, massage and complementary therapies. Antrim Forum, Lough Road, Antrim, BT41 4DQ 028 9446 4131 www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

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THE SPA DUNAMOY BALLYCLARE The award winning Elemis Spa is a perfect location to visit during your trip to Antrim and Newtownabbey. Relax in a Spa pool or enjoy a specialist N.I. signature treatment. With beautiful views of the County Antrim countryside. Free parking. 40 Collin Road, Ballyclare, BT39 9JS 028 9334 9676 www.dunamoy.com Booking necessary

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The topography of Antrim and Newtownabbey embraces land, sea, rivers and loughs, so you will be delighted to discover that the region offers some exceptional culinary experiences, with ingredients drawn from these environments. When you pull up a chair at its fine restaurants, you’ll experience food that is fresh, local, seasonal and singing with flavour. Perhaps informal, bar bistro dining is more your thing. In that case, you’ll find hearty, home-crafted fare on offer in friendly pubs throughout the region. You might even wash it down with a restorative pint of the black stuff! For further information and places to eat across the Borough: visitantrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/placestoeat

YOU CAN TASTE THE BEST OF THE LOUGH BY BOOKING ON TO ONE OF LOUGH NEAGH PARTNERSHIPS FOOD N CRAIC TOURS. SEE PAGE 27 FOR INFORMATION AND TO BOOK.


Maybe you’re here for a golfing trip or to attend a business conference. It could be that you’re interested in the Borough’s rich architectural heritage. Perhaps you’re here to get active outdoors, or enjoy some watersports. Whatever draws you to Antrim and Newtownabbey, you can be sure that you will find a hotel, guest house, B&B or self catering accommodation that offers a warm welcome, exceeds your expectations and goes easy on your pocket. You see, it’s in our nature to be hospitable. It’s in our nature to offer our friendship. It’s in our nature to make you feel at home.

TRAVELLING WITH A CARAVAN? THE BOROUGH HAS TWO PERFECT 5 STAR STOP-OVER POINTS FOR VISITORS; SIX MILE WATER CARAVAN PARK ON THE TRANQUIL SHORES OF LOUGH NEAGH AND JORDANSTOWN LOUGHSHORE CARAVAN PARK ON THE EDGE OF BELFAST LOUGH


ACCOMMODATION ACROSS THE BOROUGH There is a vast range of accommodation facilities available across the Borough; • Hotels • Bed & Breakfast • Guesthouses • Self Catering • Guest Accommodation • Campus Accommodation • Caravan Parks Whatever the purpose of your visit, you will find yourself most welcome!

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Television in all/most bedrooms Discounts for children Conference facilities Licensed Washing & ironing facilities Central heating in bedrooms Dogs allowed indoors Babysitting/listening service Packed lunch Garden Credit cards accepted Children welcome Access for those with disabilities Accessible to all wheelchair users (Cat 3) Accessible to all wheelchair users (Cat 1)

HOTELS BALLYROBIN COUNTRY LODGE

   CHIMNEY CORNER HOTEL

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144 - 146 Ballyrobin Road, Aldergrove, Crumlin, BT29 4EG 028 9442 2211 info@ballyrobincountrylodge.com www.ballyrobincountrylodge.com Not only does this centuries-old building ooze as much homely charm inside as it does out, its modern bedrooms offer boutique comfort and style with free Wi-Fi. You’ll have to travel a long way to find food as good. Situated just minutes from Belfast International Airport, with easy access to all major routes. 20 En-suite Rooms

630 Antrim Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 4RH 028 9084 4925 info@chimneycorner.co.uk www.chimneycorner.co.uk The Chimney Corner hotel is located only 15 minutes from Belfast City Centre. Belfast International & George Best City Airport, along with all main ferry ports are within easy reach of the hotel. This former 19th century coaching house is ideal for the business traveller & conferences; the location is ideal for a leisure break, with access to Belfast city centre. 62 En-suite Rooms

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CORR’S CORNER HOTEL

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   THE HILTON BELFAST TEMPLEPATRICK HOTEL AND COUNTRY CLUB

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315 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 4TQ 028 9084 9221 info@corrscorner.com www.corrscorner.com Corr’s Corner Hotel is situated in Newtownabbey, just 7 miles from Belfast City Centre. It offers ample free car parking and is the perfect base for both business and leisure guests. Renowned for its hospitality and great food, this superb facility offers 68 spacious and well appointed bedrooms, complete with unlimited, fast, free Wi-Fi access. 68 En-suite Rooms

2 Islandreagh Drive, Dunadry, BT41 2HA 028 9443 4343 info@dunadry.com www.dunadry.com The historic Dunadry Hotel is an iconic venue bursting with traditional values and Irish hospitality. Set on 8 acres of private grounds including an enclosed private garden and river walk the hotel provides the perfect escape just minutes from Belfast International Airport. 83 En-suite Rooms

20 Dunsilly Road, Antrim, BT41 2JH 028 9446 2929 info@dunsillyhotel.com www.dunsillyhotel.com Dunsilly Hotel is conveniently located on the outskirts of Antrim, a mere 7 miles from Belfast International Airport. The hotel is alive with the buzz of friendly chatter and its popular Grill serves an extensive menu throughout the day, from 12 noon until 9.30pm. Free Wi-Fi and car parking are available. 40 En-suite Rooms

Castle Upton Estate, Templepatrick, BT39 0DD 028 9443 5500 reservations.templepatrick@hilton.com www.hilton.com/templepatrick Located in the picturesque Castle Upton Estate in County Antrim, Hilton Belfast Templepatrick Hotel & Country Club makes the perfect retreat. With spa facilities, health club, superb choice of dining options and an 18 hole championship golf course, this countryside hotel offers a wealth of premium amenities and is just 20 minutes from Belfast City Centre. 129 En-suite Rooms

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HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ANTRIM

   MALDRON HOTEL BELFAST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

   TEMPLETON HOTEL

   O’NEILL ARMS COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL

142 Ballymena Road, Antrim, BT41 4LL 028 9442 5500 reception@hiexantrim.co.uk www.hiexantrim.co.uk Close to the M2 motorway, 7 miles from Belfast International Airport, the hotel is ideally located for those wishing to experience Northern Ireland at its best. Belfast can be reached in just 20 minutes, while a scenic drive along the Causeway Coast will bring you to the Giant's Causeway. 90 En-suite Rooms

200 Airport Road, Belfast International Airport, BT29 4ZY 028 9445 7000 reception.belfast@maldronhotels.com www.maldronhotelbelfastinternational.com The closest hotel to Belfast International Airport, a 2-minute walk to the terminal entrance and 20-minute drive to Belfast City. Offering the upmost in comfort and convenience, the hotel is renowned for its high standards and staff with a keen eye to detail. Spacious rooms are both modern and comfortable, dining options include our Grain & Grill Bar and Restaurant and our Red Bean Roastery Coffee Dock. 104 En-Suite Rooms

882 Antrim Road, Templepatrick, BT39 OAH 028 9443 2984 reception@templetonhotel.com www.templetonhotel.com The award-winning Templeton Hotel is centrally located in Northern Ireland, only 10 minutes from Belfast International Airport. Raffles Restaurant provides the perfect alternative to the more informal Upton Grill Room. The Templeton also offers a lounge, Sam’s Bar, 24 elegant bedrooms, plus conference and banqueting facilities. 24 En-suite Rooms

20-22 Main Street, Toomebridge, BT41 3GR 028 7965 0800 info@oneillarms.com www.oneillarms.com The O’Neill Arms Country House Hotel is now part of the Arbutus Hospitality Company. Situated between Belfast and Derry/ Londonderry, it is ideally suited for both leisure and business. With 11 unique en-suite bedrooms, 4 function and meeting rooms we can offer everything from private and coach parties to business conferencing and weddings.

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11 En-suite Rooms

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BED & BREAKFAST ABBEYDENE HOUSE

   ARDVALE

   BALLYHARVEY HOUSE

  BAY COTTAGE

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20 Abbeydene Manor, Newtownabbey, BT37 9JQ 078 1078 1533 tclifford@lineone.net www.abbeydene.co.uk Built in 1850 by Charles Lanyon, this beautiful Victorian mansion overlooking Belfast Lough is conveniently located close to Belfast, with nearby restaurants and cafés for eating out. All rooms are equipped with TV/DVD player and guests have access to a collection of over 2500 films. With free Wi-Fi and ample parking, you are assured of a most comfortable stay. 3 En-suite Rooms

33A Belfast Road, Antrim, BT41 1NY 028 9446 4918 ardvale@hotmail.co.uk Ardvale is a family-run B&B with two ground floor guest rooms, both with en-suite shower facilities and kitchenette, ideal for both long and short stays. We also offer off-street parking and free Wi-Fi. We are 10 minutes’ walk from the local restaurants and amenities in Antrim town centre. The North Coast is approximately 45-55 minutes travel by car. 2 En-suite Rooms

33 Ballyarnot Road, Muckamore, Antrim, BT41 4SD 078 6875 4498 ballyharveyhouse@hotmail.co.uk www.ballyharveyhouse.co.uk Ballyharvey House B&B is set in the beautiful County Antrim countryside, with views extending to Lough Neagh and the Sperrins, but only a five-minute drive from both Antrim town and Belfast International Airport via the main A26. It is an ideal base to travel to all the places of interest throughout Northern Ireland. Bookings can be made online. 3 En-suite Rooms

61 Loughview Road, Aldergrove, Crumlin, BT29 4ED 028 9442 8350 info@baycottageireland.com www.baycottageireland.com Friendly B&B offering comfortable bedrooms and guest sitting room on the shores of Lough Neagh. Refreshments offered on arrival and delicious breakfasts in the morning. Evening meals by arrangement. Rooms have binoculars as well as hospitality trays. Great location for touring Northern Ireland or for those wanting a quiet break. 2 Rooms, 1 En-suite

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BEECHCROFT

43 Belfast Road, Ballynure, BT39 9TZ 028 9335 2334 bookings@beechcroftbandb.co.uk Country family home well situated on A8, convenient to ports and airports. Good base for touring. Secure parking. 3 En-suite Rooms

   BEECHMOUNT FARM

   BOUTIQUE COUNTRY HOUSE B&B

30 Seven Mile Straight, Antrim, BT41 4QH 078 1845 6426 joanhagan@beechmountfarm.com Beechmount Farm is situated on a working cattle and sheep farm in County Antrim’s Six Mile Valley. Located only a few minutes away from Belfast International Airport and the historic town of Antrim, Beechmount Farm is ideal for those requiring a place to stay while commuting via the airport, or for anyone wishing to explore the beautiful scenery of the North Coast. 2 En-suite Rooms

5C Ballyquillan Road, Aldergrove, Crumlin, Antrim, BT29 4DD 077 3769 0635 caroline210263@aol.com The property offers a family bedroom with shared bathroom located on the first floor and a standard double room with ensuite which is located on the ground floor. Guests are also very welcome to avail of the modern lounge at the property. 1 En-suite room & 1 Room

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51 Belfast Road, Antrim, BT41 1PG 028 9446 6613 brackenleigh@supanet.com All rooms have private entrance and kitchenette facilities. Situated within walking distance of Antrim Technology Park, one mile from Antrim town centre and five miles from Belfast International Airport. The added convenience of nearby bus routes, shops, restaurants, golf and leisure facilities make this ideal for both business and pleasure. 3 En-suite Rooms

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BURNSIDE

12 Cullyburn Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5BN 028 9083 7342 Modern country bungalow overlooking Belfast Lough with safe parking. Television, hair dryer, tea and coffee available. Situated close to the A8 for ferries and airports. Many local attractions and restaurants nearby. Burnside is the ideal location to travel and work throughout Ulster. 2 Rooms

  CREEVE HOUSE COUNTRY GUEST INN

115 Staffordstown Road, Randalstown, BT41 3LH 028 9447 2547 creevehouseinn@btconnect.com This modernised, spacious 200-year old guesthouse is within walking distance of Lough Neagh. All eight en-suite bedrooms have tea/coffee making facilities and colour TV. A licensed bar is on the premises and evening meals are available on request. Special rates for children.

  CROSSHILL LODGE

7 En-suite Rooms

30 Crosshill Road, Crumlin, BT29 4BH 028 9442 3674 This country house bed and breakfast is situated in a rural location close to Belfast International Airport. Its central location make sit ideal for those wishing to tour counties Antrim and Down. Facilities in its en-suite bedrooms include TV, tea/coffee making facilities, trouser press and hairdryer. 2 En-suite Rooms

GLENDALOCH B&B

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23 Dungonnell Road, Antrim, BT29 4DF 078 1494 4146 www.glendalochbandb.com Glendaloch House is located in quiet scenic countryside with views of Lough Neagh. We offer a choice of two comfortable bedrooms, both with en-suite facilities. The house is situated just five minutes from Belfast International Airport and historic Antrim town, and is close to all major road networks. Belfast city centre and the Titanic Quarter are a 25 minutes drive away. 2 En-suite Rooms

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GLENDONA HOUSE

22 Gobrana Road, Glenavy, Crumlin, BT29 4LQ 028 9442 2283 gail@glendona.com www.glendona.com Built at the turn of the 19th century, an elegant Victorian mansion set in four acres of mature gardens and woodland. A unique blend of historical, charming, country life and modern convenience make Glendona House truly exceptional. Facilities include a large jacuzzi bath, snooker room featuring a full size snooker table and a children's play area. 3 Rooms, 2 En-suite

GLENN-MORE

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GRAVEL BANK

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LAVERTYS BAR: THE BLACK BULL INN

1a Belfast Road, Antrim, BT41 1NY 028 9446 8814 Conveniently located only five miles from Belfast International Airport, Glenn-More provides distinctive accommodation in a friendly environment. All rooms are en-suite with TV, tea/coffee facilities. Should you choose Glenn-More, you will be made most welcome. 3 En-suite Rooms

21 Bay Road, Crumlin, BT29 4QP 028 9442 3416 gravelbank@gmail.com Overlooking the tranquil Lough Neagh shore, relax in one of the most picturesque areas in County Antrim and Northern Ireland. If a quiet retreat is not your intention, there are lots of activities in the area to keep you entertained. These range from fishing, golfing, and cycling to horse or pony riding, and shopping. 1 En-suite Room

21-23 Main Street, Randalstown, BT41 3AB 028 9447 3388 Family owned Inn. All rooms en-suite. 2 En-suite Rooms

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THE ROCKS BED AND BREAKFAST

  TULLYWEST B&B

  WOODBURN HOUSE

   WYNFIELD HOUSE

6 Ballymather Road, Crumlin, BT29 4UL 078 8077 7722 therocksbedandbreakfast@gmail.com www.therocksbedandbreakfast.co.uk Just 10 minutes from Belfast International Airport, situated in an idyllic country setting offering the perfect central base for exploring Northern Ireland's enchanting tourist locations. Spacious comfortable double or triple rooms, with En-suite facilities, fluffy towels, complimentary toiletries, hair dryer, straighteners, flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities. 2 En-suite Rooms

34A Tullywest Road, Nutts Corner, Crumlin, BT29 4SP 028 9447 0066 tullywesthome@gmail.com Tullywest B&B is found in beautiful countryside, five minute drive from Belfast International airport. Modern home with a spacious guest bedroom that includes; King sized bed, sitting area, TV and hospitality tray. This room is located privately on a mezzanine floor with adjoining shower room. Guests can enjoy the use of the sunroom, beautiful garden and outdoor seating areas. 1 Double Room

44 Belfast Road, Antrim, BT41 1PB 028 9446 7702 enquiries@woodburn-house.co.uk www.woodburn-house.co.uk Woodburn House is only a 15-minute walk from the rail and bus centre in Antrim town, and provides easy access to Antrim Forum, Greenmount College, Antrim Castle Gardens and Clotworthy House. Free pick up from Belfast International Airport, only 10 minutes away. Please view our website prior to booking. 2 En-suite Rooms

65 Connor Road, Parkgate, BT39 0EA 028 9443 3398 chris@wynfieldhouse.com www.wynfieldhouse.com With one of the best views in Northern Ireland and a relaxed homely atmosphere, Wynfield House is a must for any traveller. Conveniently located 15 minutes from Belfast International Airport and 20 minutes from Belfast City centre. An ideal choice for those who wish to sample fine dining, including an evening meal if required. 2 En-suite Rooms

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GUESTHOUSES BALLYLAGAN ORGANIC FARM

12 Ballylagan Road, Straid, Ballyclare, BT39 9NF 028 9332 2129 info@ ballylagan.com www.ballylagan.com Guests are invited to relax in our 19th-century farmhouse, with large, elegantly styled bedrooms offering log fires, goose down duvets and organic bed linen and towels.

  CALDHAME HOUSE

Freshly prepared meals made with 100% organic ingredients, many of which are produced on the farm. 4 En-suite Rooms

104 Moira Road, Crumlin, BT29 4HG 028 9442 2378 Splendid country house accommodation. All rooms are executive style en suite, some with a jacuzzi. All rooms have colour TV, tea and coffee making facilities, direct dial telephone, trouser press and hair dryer. Ideally located for touring Northern Ireland and situated in close proximity to Belfast. 4 En-suite Rooms

  CALDHAME LODGE

   KEEF HALLA COUNTRY HOUSE

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102 Moira Road, Nutts Corner, Crumlin, BT29 4HG 028 9442 3099 www.caldhamelodge.co.uk Caldhame Lodge has 8 individually decorated en suite rooms. We are minutes from Belfast International Airport, with car parking available. Nearby train and bus services to Belfast. Whether a business and tourist traveller, our central location makes us the ideal base from which to explore Northern Ireland. Excellent local pubs and restaurants. 8 En-suite Rooms

20 Tully Road, Nutts Corner, Crumlin, BT29 4SW 028 9082 5491 www.keefhalla.com Keef Halla is the nearest 4-star guesthouse to Belfast International Airport. All 7 en suite bedrooms are tastefully decorated, with TV, tea & coffee, and Wi-Fi. Keef Halla is an ideal base for visitors on business or pleasure. Its location is central within Northern Ireland, making it very convenient to Antrim, Belfast, Lisburn and Templepatrick. 7 En-suite Rooms

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THE FIVE CORNERS GUEST INN

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249 Rashee Road, Ballyclare, BT39 9JN 028 9332 2657 mail@5corners.co.uk www.5corners.co.uk The Five Corners Guest Inn is set in beautiful countryside and offers the perfect combination of easy access to the local golf course, a quick journey to the bustling city of Belfast (15 miles away) and a transfer of just under 60 minutes to the north coast World Heritage Centre at the Giants Causeway, as well as Carrick-a-reed Rope Bridge. 11 En-suite Rooms

SELF CATERING ABBEY SELF CATERING: THE COACH HOUSE

 ABBEY SELF CATERING: MAY LODGE

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451, Shore Road, Newtownabbey, BT37 9SE 028 9085 4777 | 078 2192 1777 abigail@abbeyselfcatering.co.uk www.abbeyselfcatering.co.uk This property is the original coach house for the main Georgian residence. The sitting room opens directly onto a south-facing private patio. The property has three en-suite bedrooms (upstairs) and two downstairs bedrooms served by a large and luxurious family shower room. Guests have private access to the walkway along the side of Belfast Lough. 1 x 5 Bedroom Unit (Sleeps 8)

451, Shore Road, Newtownabbey, BT37 9SE 028 9085 4777 | 078 2192 1777 abigail@abbeyselfcatering.co.uk www.abbeyselfcatering.co.uk This charming replacement for the original Gate Lodge has been furnished in a contemporary style with light oak furniture in living areas. It has three bedrooms which can comfortably sleep 6. Visitors to May Lodge enjoy exclusive use of the newly-designed private ‘pebble’ garden which has a fish pond, gazebo and a large table which is very suitable for al fresco dining. 1 x 3 Bedroom Unit (Sleeps 6)

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 THE APARTMENT AT BALLYLAGAN ORGANIC FARM

  BALLEALY COTTAGE

451, Shore Road, Newtownabbey, BT37 9SE 028 9085 4777 | 078 2192 1777 abigail@abbeyselfcatering.co.uk www.abbeyselfcatering.co.uk This beautiful 200-year-old Rectory was originally the home of the Rev Robert Winstringham Bland (1794-1884) Rector of St George’s Parish Church in Belfast. Each of the four en-suite bedrooms has its own unique charm. Safe off-road parking. Private access to shore and a private terrace suitable for al fresco dining with views across Belfast Lough. 1 x 4 Bedroom Unit (Sleeps 8)

12 Ballylagan Road, Straid, Ballyclare BT39 9NF 028 9332 2129 info@ballylagan.com www.ballylagan.com Living above the shop takes on a new meaning at Ballylagan when a pop down to the farm shop will satisfy all your culinary needs. The apartment has a double bedroom, a separate shower room, kitchen and a sitting/dining room with a double sofa bed. Breakfast and lunch are available in our tea room and there are barbequing facilities in the guest garden. 1 x 1 Bedroom Unit (Sleeps 4)

Lough Neagh, Randalstown, BT41 4ND 00353 1670 4733 bookings@irishlandmark.com www.irishlandmark.com Ballealy Cottage is a 19th Century deer keeper's cottage on the Shane’s Castle Estate, beside Lough Neagh. Surrounded by mature woodland and a meandering stream, this charming property makes for a peaceful getaway from the routine of everyday life. Local attractions include Antrim Round Tower, fishing on Lough Neagh and Shane’s Castle. 1 x 3 Bedroom Unit (Sleeps 5)

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44 Rathmore Road, Dunadry, BT41 2HG 028 9443 3183 acooke@cherrybrook.co.uk www.cherrybrookselfcatering.co.uk Apple Barn is a restored traditional stone barn, overlooking a leafy lane, stone walls and orchard. This is a charming and unique hideaway for one or two seeking a relaxing rural stay within easy reach of Belfast. The Barn consists of a sizeable open living space with sitting area, superking double bed and kitchen facilities. There is a separate bathroom with bath/shower. 1 x 1 Bedroom Unit (Sleeps 2)

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CHERRYBROOK: APPLE COTTAGE

 CLONMOOR

 COASTGUARD BOAT HOUSE ON BELFAST LOUGH

  DUNAMOY COTTAGES & SPA

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44 Rathmore Road, Dunadry, BT41 2HG 028 9443 3183 acooke@cherrybrook.co.uk www.cherrybrookselfcatering.co.uk Traditional stone built restored cottage, surrounded by a secluded private garden, farmland and orchard, is ideal for a relaxing, comfortable stay. The recently renovated cottage with stable door, deep window sills and high ceiling insulated corrugated roof combines successfully to provide a spacious, restful, living area with wood burning stove and a fully equipped kitchen. 1 x 2 Bedroom Unit (Sleeps 3/4)

32 Drumsough Road, Randalstown, BT41 2NW 077 2253 7542 ejchessher@hotmail.co.uk Clonmoor Cottage is a cosy stone, country cottage, approximately 150 years old. This well-equipped cottage provides free Wi-Fi, a sitting room with open fire and rocking chair; a large modern kitchen/diner, a utility room and separate toilet; three bedrooms with king size, double and two single beds and private bathroom. Patio doors lead to the cobbled patio and secluded garden. 1 x 3 Bedroom Unit (Sleeps 6)

477 Shore Road, Whiteabbey, Newtownabbey, BT37 0SP 077 6877 5550 carolmagill@btinternet.com www.staybelfastboathouse.com The only original Coastguard Boat House, available to stay in on Belfast Lough. Includes heritage features from 1850s including boat rigging and beamed ceilings, the boathouse is less than 2 metres from the sea. With fully fitted kitchen and all mod cons, the Boat House sleeps up to five. Just modernised and opened in December 2018. 1 x 1 Bedroom Unit (Sleeps 2)

40 Collin Road, Ballyclare, Newtownabbey, BT39 9JS 028 9334 9676 info@dunamoy.com www.dunamoy.com A cluster of 18th Century stone buildings lovingly renovated into multiple private Cottage retreats. Our Elemis Spa includes, Spa Pool, solarium, relaxation areas, and treatment rooms. Located in Ballyclare, Newtownabbey, a perfect travel hub, only 13 miles from Belfast, close to Larne and Ballymena. Winner of Best Hospitality & Tourism business in Newtownabbey. 4 x 2 Bedroom Units (Sleeps 4)

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EDENVALE HOLIDAY COTTAGES: CRAIG-E-BRAE

  EDENVALE HOLIDAY COTTAGES: VALE FARM

22 Tullynamullan Road, Tannaghmore, Randalstown, BT41 2JZ robin.walker.ehc@btinternet.com 078 5037 5365 www.edenvaleholidaycottages.co.uk Criag-e-Brae has a large, modern kitchen; sitting room; dining room; luxury bathroom with electric shower; beautiful ash winding staircase and traditional fireplaces. Renovated in keeping with traditional cottage style, built with thick stone walls. There is a large garden with patio and garden furniture; a single garage together with car wash facilities is available. 1 x 3 Bedroom Unit (Sleeps 5)

128 Steeple Road, Edenvale, Kells, Ballymena, BT42 3NP 028 2589 8030 robin.walker.ehc@btinternet.com www.edenvaleholidaycottages.co.uk Comfortable farmhouse convenient to all parts of Northern Ireland, with a splendid panoramic view of the Antrim Hills, Bann Valley and Sperrin mountains, down to Lough Neagh. Restored in traditional style with fully equipped kitchen and 3 bedrooms. Freeview TV. Wi-Fi is provided within the cottage. 1 x 3 Bedroom Unit (Sleeps 5)

  GLENDONA LODGE

22 Gobrana Road, Glenavy, Crumlin, BT29 4LQ 028 9442 2283 gail@glendona.com www.glendona.com Enjoy a relaxing stay at Glendona Lodge, situated within the boundaries of the historic period mansion of Glendona House, enjoying 4 acres of mature gardens. In the gardens, there is a children’s play area and football pitch. The beloved family pet need not be left behind and can be brought to enjoy the family break. Horses are also accommodated for in the on-site stables. 1 x 3 Bedroom Unit (Sleeps 7)

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173 Ballycorr Road, Ballyclare, BT39 9DF 078 1013 4608 greerscottage@hotmail.com Greers Cottage is just 1 mile from Ballyclare town, close to shops, coffee shops, restaurants and bars. The cottage has everything you need for long or short stays and has a cosy multi-stove fire. We are centrally located to all ports and airports and only 20 minutes from Belfast and the North Coast's scenic routes. 1 x 1 Bedroom Unit (Sleeps 2)

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HAY LOFT AT BAY COTTAGE

 INGLEDENE

61 Loughview Road, Aldergrove, Crumlin, BT29 4ED 028 9442 8350 info@baycottageireland.com www.baycottageireland.com Light, bright one bedroom apartment with deck with views of Lough Neagh. Has a kitchen/dining/living area with double sofa bed. Ideal for a family or small group of friends. Flexible bed arrangements but the bathroom is accessed through the bedroom. 1 x 1 Bedroom Unit (Sleeps 2)

21 Ingledene, Templepatrick, Co. Antrim, BT39 0JN 077 7331 7735 mikebaler@btinternet.com Booking.com "Ingledene" A luxury, spacious detached 4 bedroom family residence, located in the quiet Ingledene Cul-de-sac nestled in the quaint village of Templepatrick.

  KILLEAD HOUSE

With ease of access to Belfast, North Coast beaches, Royal Golf courses, Game of Thrones sites, Belfast International and City Airports, Larne Harbour and not to forget, all of the local conveniences situated in Templepatrick itself. 1 x 4 Bedroom Unit (Sleeps 8)

25 Killead Road, Aldergrove, Crumlin, Co. Antrim, BT29 4EL 075 7901 8963 info@killeadhouse.com www.killeadhouse.com Situated just 1 mile from Belfast International Airport, Killead House self-catering apartment is conveniently located for visitors wishing to explore Northern Ireland or a comfortable stay before or after a trip abroad. Facilities include open plan living area, 50 inch smart TV, free Wi-Fi and parking.

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Note: The only Toilet/shower is upstairs and may not be suitable for those with mobility issues 1 x 1 Bedroom Unit (Sleeps 4)

16A Farranflugh Lane, Randalstown, Antrim, BT41 2NQ 079 0334 6655 e.mckeownstown1@gmail.com McKeownstown is a beautiful tranquil family home, situated in the countryside but with plenty of amenities nearby. It is a perfect base for discovering Belfast, the North Antrim Coast, Giants Causeway, the Glens of Antrim, Donegal and Dublin. Wi-Fi available. 1 x 3 Bedroom Unit (Sleeps 6)

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ROBIN COTTAGE

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58 Old Ballyrobin Road, Muckamore, Antrim, BT41 4TJ 028 9443 3886 drmcdowell@btinternet.com Robin Cottage is situated in the countryside 1.5 miles from Templepatrick village and 5 miles from Belfast International airport. It has its own grounds with river and lake. Centrally situated for visits to the Giant's Causeway, the North Coast, Armagh, Belfast and more. 1 x 1 Bedroom Unit (Sleeps 2)

1-7 Oldstone Hilll Road, Antrim, BT41 4RR 028 9446 2222 info@stablecourtlodging.com www.stablecourtlodging.com A stunning new development of luxury serviced apartments and houses, set within a private gated courtyard, just minutes from the historic town of Antrim and Belfast International Airport. Guests will experience the convenience of modern-day selfcatering facilities, in surroundings that are pleasing and relaxing, making it the ideal base for the discerning visitor. 4 x 1 Bedroom Units (Sleeps 2); 2 x 2 Bedroom Units (Sleeps 4)

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15A Old Staffordstown Road, Randalstown, BT41 3HN 028 9447 9691 lurganwestlodge@btinternet.com www.lurganwestlodge.co.uk Located at the top of Lough Neagh on the outskirts of the historic village of Randalstown, only 5 minutes walk from pubs, restaurants and shops. We have bed and breakfast and selfcatering facilities. Our location is ideal for easy access to Belfast International and Belfast City Airports. Rail and road links nearby. 3 En-suite Rooms

68 Whitehouse Park, White House Newtownabbey, BT37 9SH 077 0241 5777 doraoloan@yahoo.co.uk This self-contained Pod is yours alone and provides two separate rooms, one with a double bed and ensuite and the other has sofa’s, tea and coffee making facilities, a small fridge and microwave, with access to the garden via double glazed patio doors. It is close to public transport which will take you anywhere in Northern Ireland. Off street parking available. 1 x 1 Bedroom Unit (Sleeps 2)

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ULSTER UNIVERSITY AT JORDANSTOWN

Shore Road, Newtownabbey, BT37 0QB 028 9036 6394 accommodationj@ulster.ac.uk www.accommodation.ulster.ac.uk Ulster University accommodation at Jordanstown provides an ideal location to accommodate a large conference/sporting group or alternatively smaller intimate gatherings such as summer or language schools. It is ideally located on a green field site close to Belfast with excellent transport links such as a train halt and bus station within walking distance adjacent to the campus. 244 x Single Rooms (Sleeps 1); 620 x Single En-suite Rooms with Shower (Sleeps 1); 48 x Double En-suite Rooms with Shower (Sleeps 2)

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SIX MILE WATER CARAVAN PARK ANTRIM The Six Mile Water Caravan Park lies on the tranquil and scenic shores of Lough Neagh and is the perfect stopover point for visitors to Northern Ireland. The Caravan Park is within easy walking distance of Antrim Town, Antrim Forum and Antrim Castle Gardens. The Park’s central location, coupled with its close proximity to Larne and Belfast harbours, make it an ideal base for touring not only the Borough of Antrim and Newtownabbey but all of Northern Ireland. On-site facilities include a pin automated barrier system, a modern toilet and shower block, fully equipped laundry room, hard stands with 37 electric hook-up pitches and 8 tent sites. There is also a cafÊ, free Wi-Fi, visitor information services and a TV lounge and games room overlooking Lough Neagh. The Lough Shore Park has become well established for boating and a modern slipway provides easy access to the Lough. Lough Road, Antrim, BT41 4DG 028 9448 1307 visitantrimandnewtownabbey.com/ caravanparks Open March - October, weekends only during February and November

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JORDANSTOWN LOUGHSHORE CARAVAN PARK NEWTOWNABBEY Set on the edge of Belfast Lough, Jordanstown Loughshore Caravan Park is your ideal base to explore Belfast, the Causeway Coastal Route and further afield. The Park is located in Newtownabbey on the shores of Belfast Lough, with panoramic views stretching from Belfast to Bangor. Just 5 miles north of Belfast on the Causeway Coastal Route (A2 Shore Road), the Park is close to Ulster University (Jordanstown), bus routes, train station and ferry terminals. Jordanstown Loughshore Caravan Park offers 14 touring pitches and 4 tent pitches, all of which are laid out in a secure landscaped area within the parkland. Each touring pitch is on hard standing with individual electric, water and drainage hook-ups and is large enough to park a car beside the caravan. A range of modern amenities are available, including a pin automated barrier system, ladies and gents toilets, free hot showers, accessible facilities, dishwashing area, laundry room, chemical disposal point and free Wi-Fi. Shore Road, Newtownabbey, BT37 0PY 028 9034 0137 visitantrimandnewtownabbey.com/ caravanparks Open all year round

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MAKE THE MOST OF IT

DAY 1 : CULTURALLY CURIOUS 10.00 am

DAY PLANNERS Whether you are visiting Antrim and Newtownabbey to explore its cultural heritage, enjoy a fun day out with your family, or take part in some high-octane sports, the following three action-packed day planners will help you make the most of your time. Please note: opening hours of some visitor attractions may vary according to the seasons. For current details visit; visitantrimandnewtownabbey.com

Spend an hour or so browsing through the displays in the Museum at The Mill. You’ll gain a fascinating insight to the textile industry and the effect it had on the lives of those who worked in it. Enjoy refreshments in the café while you’re there.

11.00 am Why not visit Sentry Hill, a perfectly-preserved 19th century farm house that gives us a glimpse into a rural way of life that has long disappeared. It’s also the ancestral home of a remarkable family of writers, collectors and radical thinkers... the McKinneys. Or, call into Patterson’s Spade Mill, a National Trust property. It’s the last water-driven spade mill still working in the British Isles. You can take part in a tour and watch as a spade is made... it’s a bit like stepping back into the Industrial Revolution.

1.00 pm Head to Antrim Castle Gardens and Clotworthy House. The 400-year old gardens have been sensitively restored, including the beautiful Anglo Dutch style canals and ponds that are unique in Northern Ireland. The Gardens have a lovely café for lunch.

3.30 pm Explore Pogue’s Entry Historical Cottage to find out about the lives of ordinary Irish country folk in the mid to late 1800s.

4.30 pm Visit the 10th-century Antrim Round Tower, built as part of a monastic settlement.

5.30 pm Make your way back to your accommodation and finish the day by going to a show at one of the theatres in the Borough.


DAY 2 : FAMILY FUN

DAY 3 : OUTBOUND & ACTIVE

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Visit World of Owls at Randalstown Forest, Northern Ireland’s only Owl conservation centre, which houses owls from all around the world.

11.30 am Whether it’s wet or dry, children will find lots You’ll soon find out who your friends really are! to do at Clementsmount Fun Farm. They’ll get the chance to see, meet and hold some of the animals that live on the farm. Afterwards, everyone can enjoy lunch in the tearoom for some fresh, home cooked treats.

2.00 pm Take a trip across Lough Neagh on board the Island Warrior, and disembark to explore Ram’s Island for a few hours. Just don’t get lost!

4.30 pm Time for mum and dad to enjoy an hour’s shopping at The Junction Retail and Leisure Park. With top brands at discount prices, there’s something for every member of the family.

Start the day off with a round of golf at Allen Park Golf Course, or practise your swing on the driving range.

11.00 am Get an adrenalin high at Escarmouche Paintball. You’ll soon find out who your friends really are!

1.00 pm Grab a bite of pub grub in Ballyclare town centre.

2.00 pm Join the Ballyclare Activity Trail, and shift up a gear with high speed thrills on the track at Need 4 Speed Karting.

4.00 pm Try your hand at target practice with archery at Breckenhill.

5.30 pm Relax in the luxurious spa at Dunamoy Cottages.

5.30 pm Make your way back to your accommodation, then enjoy a family night out at the cinema.

6.30 pm Make your way back to your accommodation, dress up in your glad rags and head out for dinner and a night’s craic at Antrim and Newtownabbey’s lively pubs.


Antrim and Newtownabbey is served by some of the best road, rail and air transportation links and systems in Northern Ireland and is only 20 minutes from the region’s capital city, Belfast. It is bisected by the M2 Motorway, there is quick, safe access to all the major points of entry, whether it be Belfast harbour, the port of Larne, Belfast International Airport or George Best Belfast City Airport. What is more, some of the most fascinating and jaw-dropping attractions to be found anywhere are only a short drive away.

BELFAST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IS A KEY TOURISM HUB IN THE BOROUGH OF ANTRIM AND NEWTOWNABBEY, WELCOMING 4.4MILLION VISITORS TO NORTHERN IRELAND, EVERY YEAR


THE GOBBINS

GIANT'S CAUSEWAY

CAUSEWAY COASTAL ROUTE

30 minute drive from Ballyclare One of Northern Ireland’s newest visitor attractions, the Gobbins Cliff Path skirts the bottom of the Gobbins cliffs of Islandmagee, on the east Antrim coast. Encompassing tubular and suspension bridges, a carved tunnel and staircases, the path offers a white-knuckle walk across one of Ulster’s most dramatic coastlines.

1 hour drive from Antrim town Experts say that the huge rock columns that form Northern Ireland's most famous visitor attraction came from crystallized lava that erupted 60 million years ago; however you may prefer the story that the giant, Finn McCool, fancied a lady giant on the Scottish island of Staffa and built these stepping stones across the waters to reach her.

The Causeway Coastal Route starts at Jordanstown Loughshore Park Did you know that one of the Top 5 Road Trips in the world is within an easy drive Antrim and Newtownabbey? Running from Northern Ireland’s capital city Belfast, to the historic walled city of Derry/ Londonderry, the route is an ever changing tapestry of scenery and colours, set against a dramatic coastal backdrop that will take your breath away.

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10 minute drive from Glengormley A 'must see' on any trip to Belfast, Titanic Belfast is a truly stunning building that tells the Titanic story in a thrilling, moving and compelling way. It delivers a full-on, immersion voyage through time and experience, through triumph and tragedy, using the very latest interactive technology to bring the Harland & Wolff shipyard and its most famous creation, RMS Titanic, back to life.

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HOW TO GET HERE CONTACT INFORMATION BY AIR Belfast International Airport 028 9448 4848 George Best Belfast City Airport 028 9093 9093 City of Derry Airport 028 7181 0784

BY BUS OR RAIL Translink provides the Borough’s public transport system. Frequent bus and rail services operate between Belfast and Londonderry; connections are available to locations throughout Northern Ireland from the terminals below: Antrim Bus and Rail Centre Ballyclare Bus Station For services from these terminals and all other Northern Ireland bus and rail timetable enquires contact Translink: 028 9066 66 30 www.translink.co.uk

BY FERRY Scotland: Cairnryan - Belfast Stena Line 0844 770 7070 Cairnryan - Larne P&O Irish Sea 087 1664 6464 England: Liverpool - Belfast Stena Line 0844 770 7070

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A WARM WELCOME AWAITS… IT’S IN OUR NATURE

Mossley Mill

Visitor Information Centre

Local Information Office

Market Square, Antrim, BT41 4AW

Carnmoney Road North, Newtownabbey, BT36 5QA

028 9442 8331

028 9034 0000

Belfast International Airport

Randalstown

Visitor Information Centre

Local Information Office

Airport Road, Crumlin, BT29 4AB

Kearney’s Supermarket, 44 Main Street, Randalstown, BT41 3AD 028 9447 9800

028 9448 4677 The Junction

Local Information Office

Ballymena Road, Antrim, BT41 4LL 028 9442 9111

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