Rooted In Tradition
This land has a story to tell. A historic tale passed down through generations, through artefacts and ruins. Through folklore and ancient writings. Where etchings of the past reveal a deeper understanding. It’s a place for wandering through ancient castles, dandering through sleepy Georgian villages, hiking to cascading waterfalls, and making tracks of your own on a steam train experience. A place to contemplate those who shaped this unique corner of Ireland.
This is an experience that’s rooted in tradition and we want to share it with you. Join us for two days of exploration and fun on this handy two-day itinerary.
- Explore the medieval chambers in the ancient keep of Carrickfergus Castle.
- Enjoy a traditional Irish beverage in the oldest thatched pub in Ireland.
- Capture an image like no other at Cranny Falls.
If you were to visit all the stops on this itinerary, you’d be driving for a total of:
- Day One: 50 mins
- Day Two: 45 mins
Allow 1 hour
Taking the coastal route, we leave behind the ruins of Templecorran and enter the riches of Glenarm Castle. This spectacular building was built in 1636 and is the ancestral home to the Earls of Antrim.
It is currently owned by Randal Viscount Dunluce, the son of the 9th Earl of Antrim. Although the castle is in spectacular condition, it sits at the heart of one of Northern Ireland’s oldest estates.
Walk the grounds, explore the Walled Garden or check out the Barbican Lodge at the rear of the castle for unique accommodation.
Carnlough Bay Boat Tours
Meet Davy Smyth, a third generation fisherman in the quaint village of Carnlough, nestled between the rolling hills of the Glens of Antrim and the sea.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Witches of Islandmagee
In 1711, decades after the famous Salem witch trials shocked America, a similar furore rocked lovely Islandmagee, where the spectacular Gobbins Cliff Path now attracts visitors from around the world.
The Londonderry Arms
Pull up a chair and have a chat with Raymond Hunt in the Londonderry Arms' Arkle Whiskey Bar for tales of the Titanic, Winston Churchill, and a famous steeplechaser.