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Mid & East Antrim for the intrepid explorer

Mid & East Antrim for the intrepid explorer

Excitement in your own back yard: Things to do

When it comes to seeking new adventures, it’s hard to beat Northern Ireland. And yet, even with all that this beautiful place has to offer – there is nowhere quite like Mid & East Antrim. Set amidst lush and dramatic green landscapes, imposing mountains and beautiful cliffside coastal locations, there are plenty of things to keep the intrepid explorer happy.

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PLACES TO SEE

Come and explore the dramatic landscapes that have shaped local history and folklore

The Gobbins Cliff Path

Dress warm and dry this autumn for a close-up experience with the natural world like no other! Follow the incredible Gobbins path as it hugs the cliff, its rugged face towering far above. You’re so close to the sea you can taste the salt from the spray as it crashes against basalt rocks below.  The cries of thousands of birds fill your ears, as they fight over fish left by the retreating tide at the Aquarium, one of several remarkable features you will experience along the path. In the sea below you might see dolphins, porpoises and seals. You will never be as close to the natural world as this. First opened in 1902, it was said that the unique network of bridge and paths that is the Gobbins Path had ‘no parallel in Europe as a marine cliff walk.”. Re-imagined in 2015, It remains without rival. Admittance is based on height restriction of over 4 foot (1.2m) tall.

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Slemish Mountain

Over 1500 years ago, St Patrick found himself tending sheep on the slopes of Slemish. Today this spiritual mountain is a place of pilgrimage for people from all over the world. From its summit, gaze over an infinity of patchwork fields divided by dry stonewalls and the grasslands of beautiful Shillanavogy Valley (featured in Game of Thrones), burnished gold by the sun. Slowly circle and look out to the rolling Antrim Hills and the meandering coastline, a perfect winter’s adventure, following in the footsteps of a saint.

Slemish Mountain

Sallagh Braes

Never more glorious than in the lovely autumnal light, a walk through this dramatic landscape is an unforgettable experience. Before you stands Sallagh Braes, a vast wall of basalt rock forming an awesome natural amphitheatre. Beyond, endless green slopes lead the eye to the coast and sea beyond. On this extraordinary walk, setting out from Linford Car Park, you’ll also discover Celtic crosses and the ‘Black Hill’ (‘Knockdhu’), about a mile west of Cairncastle, a Bronze Age fort carved into the landscape. The wild, magical landscapes of Sallagh Braes and Cairncastle will be instantly recognisable as Winterfell to all fans of Game of Thrones.

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Stand a while and let your senses be overwhelmed. Become part of the glorious natural world around you.

More places to see

Portglenone Forest

Take a gentle stroll in an ancient woodland, even more enchanting in its gorgeous autumnal colours. Portglenone Forest was once part of the extensive woodland that stretched from Lough Neagh to Coleraine and west to the Sperrin Mountains. Today it remains a magical place, where you can follow several tranquil waymarked trails leading down to the River Bann.

Portglenone Forest

Glenoe Waterfall

Stand a while and let your senses be overwhelmed. Become part of the glorious natural world around you. Absorb the power and spectacle and sound of plunging water, a symphony of birdsong in the background, as a shaft of winter sunlight pierces the lovely brown and green hues of woodland around you and highlights the gurgling river below you. Begin your journey to the wondrous Glenoe Waterfall at the car park just outside the lovely village of Glenoe, six miles from Carrickfergus, and finish up in the village itself – famous for its line of picturesque, traditional whitewash stone houses.

Glenoe Waterfall
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