A Spiritual Journey
From atop Slemish Mountain, the vast sky stretches away into the far distance. Patchwork fields, divided by dry stone walls, and the grasslands of the Shillanavogy Valley are burnished gold by the sun. The Scottish coastline hovers on the eastern horizon, the Antrim Hills roll across the north, shimmering Lough Neagh fills the western lowlands. St Patrick stood here 1500 years ago and these same views inspired his spiritual journey.
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Sit on a rock watching the thunderous beauty of a waterfall cascading into a forest clearing. Wander a 200-year-old walled garden, famous for its unusual plants. Try a hot stone massage, relax in a hot tub and watch a river roll by from one of Europe’s most luxurious spas.
Here’s our guide to the highlights of a soul journey through Mid & East Antrim. Experience them at your leisure.
- A windswept hillside under rearing cliffs that was featured in a host of Game of Thrones’® most memorable scenes.
- The remains of a Bronze Age fort perched atop a soaring headland.
- The mountain where St Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, received his calling.
If you were to visit all the stops on this itinerary, you’d be driving for a total of:
- 2 hours
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.
Bushcraft at Carnfunnock Country Park
Go back to basics of Paul Moore to learn bushcraft and wilderness living skills to match each season and embrace your inner Bear Grylls.
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.
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.