From Castle to Coast…
The idyllic area of Mid & East Antrim was not built in a day. Over thousands of years, the land started to take shape. With the collision of the rough Irish Sea on the soft grassy verges and the power of mother nature, the land started to flourish. After the land, we welcomed the equally impressive man-made elements of the landscape. The carving of rugged paths, scenic trails and the construction of royal residences. This truly is a place of chance.
It may have taken thousands of years for the land to form, but with this handy itinerary, you can take a journey from castle to coast in just 48 hours.
- Follow the cliff-hugging trail along the Gobbins Cliff Path.
- Take home a unique memento from your trip at Steensons Jewellery.
- Visit the ancestral cottage of the 21st President of the United States.
If you were to visit all the stops on this itinerary, you’d be driving for a total of:
- Day One - 1 Hour
- Day Two - 1 Hour 20 Minutes
St. Nicholas Church
Built by Ulster Anglo-Norman conqueror John de Courcy in the late 12th century, it seems every invasion or change of power or tumultuous local event has left its imprint here.
George McGrand has been guiding people over a spectacular sea cliff walk that clings to this epic coast since it was reimagined in 2015.
The Hot Milk Forge
Eamonn Higgins is reviving the ancient craft of blacksmithing amidst the unspoilt beauty of Glenravel. Join him to take up your own anvil, forge and hammer to craft traditional blades or a longbow straight out of Game of Thrones.
Whitehead Railway Museum
It's true that many visitors talk about the smell of the smoke and memories it brings back but thanks to Thomas the Tank Engine and Harry Potter and the Hogwarts Express you’d be amazed at the number of kids that love it here.
Don’t just stay. Experience
Lighthouse keepers’ houses, 19th-century follies and haunted hotels. It’s only natural that this unique part of the world has some unique places to stay.
Set amidst woodland on the banks of the plunging River Maine, Galgorm, is a part of our heritage, part of our natural world, but just on a higher plane of indulgence! This internationally renowned spa hotel welcomes guests to wander its 163 acres, relax in wood-fired hot tubs overlooking the river or in tranquil garden settings.
Medieval conflicts of the Glens and Causeway Coast, giving way to an 18th-century elegance that transformed this achingly beautiful site into one of the treasures of Northern Ireland.
Steensons in Glenarm are makers of exquisite jewellery. You can browse their range of hand-crafted jewellery in their showroom, or enter their studio and watch their artists at work.