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Mid & East Antrim for young families

Mid & East Antrim for young families

Excitement in your own backyard: Things to do

For a young family planning a holiday, it’s important to find somewhere which has activity in abundance, but also plenty of space to rest and take a break. Keeping up with our young ones can often be a tiring business, and at Mid & East Antrim we understand the need to keep all our troopers busy at once.

kids in the forest


Explore these magical landscapes steeped in myth and legend

Glagorm Family Trail

How did the fairies come to be at Galgorm Castle? Find out when you begin this enchanting self-guided trail at the Toadstool Cottage. 

Explore a charming fairy world through this magical woodland and make sure you answer the questions in your activity booklet. Look out for their special Halloween and Christmas events too.

tree house

Carnfunnock Country Park

Can you crack the mystery of their famous Northern Ireland-shaped Maze or will you be lost in its craftily designed paths forever? Try giant chess, get to know the famous collection of trees close up and personal. 

Carnfunnock, not far from Larne, is the perfect location for an autumn adventure. Explore the walled garden with its unique sundials and wooden sculptures and let the kids loose at the maritime themed outdoor adventure playground.




Ballygally Beach

Across from the famous Ballygally Castle Hotel, this sublime stretch of golden sand is perfect for winter fun. Winning awards for its cleanliness and water quality, the views from the beach are dazzling. Look north to the dramatic headlands of the Antrim coast, across the sea to Scotland and inland to the spectacular Sallagh Braes. Ideal for building sandcastles!

Winning awards for its cleanliness and water quality, the views from [Ballygally] are dazzling.

More place to see

Glenoe Waterfall

Begin your journey to the wondrous Glenoe Waterfall, set amidst the glorious Antrim Hills,  at the car park just outside the lovely village of Glenoe, six miles from Carrickfergus, to enjoy one of Northern Ireland’s great secrets. Dressed in its autumn colours, the landscape around our ‘wee Niagara Falls’ is simply sublime. You can walk up the steep steps to the top of the plunging waterfall and look to the rocky river below. Once you’re finished, the village of Glenoe itself is well worth checking out – famous for its line of picturesque, traditional whitewash stone houses, and a welcoming retreat from the world for all the family.

Glenoe Waterfall

Glenarm Castle Estate & Gardens 

Looking for adventure for the kids this winter? Dating back to 1636, Glenarm Castle has been the ancestral seat of the McDonnell family, Earls of Antrim, for nearly 400 years. With plenty of historical intrigue to satisfy the adults, the Castle grounds are also home to the Mini-Land Rover Experience. Let the kids get behind the wheel for once by booking one of Glenarm’s many unique adventure courses. The driving course is specifically designed for these Mini-Land Rovers, providing a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

Glenarm Castle
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