North of Belfast Lough
Along the northern and southern shores of Belfast Lough - the broad inlet on which the city lies - are a series of popular seaside resorts. The coast immediately north of the lough is particularly beautiful.
North of Belfast Lough Map
The town of Carrickfergus lies on the north side of the lough.
Island Magee is a peninsula 7mi/11km long and 2mi/3km wide. A striking feature on the east side of the peninsula is the Gobbins, a stretch of basalt cliffs 253ft/77m high containing a number of caves. There are numerous legends associated with the cliffs and caves. At the end of the peninsula can be seen a megalithic chambered tomb (dolmen).
Larne, Northern Ireland
Quarries and cement works disfigure the coast road to Larne (pop. 18,200), a busy industrial town and seaside resort on Lough Larne. From Larne there are ferry services to Scotland (Stanraer and Cairnryan) and also a ferry to Island Magee.
Carnfunnock Country Park
At Carnfunnock Country Park there is a maze in the shape of Northern Ireland. The park also offers: barbecues, an adventure playground, golf, and a walled garden.
Museum and Arts Centre
Displays in the Larne Museum and Arts Centre include a turn of the century country kitchen, milk house, butter maker and family history material.
Ballygalley, Northern Ireland
A romantic and beautiful stretch of road leads from Larne to Cushendun. Having passed through the Black Cave Tunnel, the road rounds Ballygalley Head with its great basalt crags. Ballygalley is a popular seaside resort with an old castle, now a hotel.
From Ballygalley to Glenarm, a little port at the mouth of the River Glenarm, the road is flanked by white limestone cliffs.
The next seaside resort on the scenic road from Glenarm is Carnlough, with a small harbor and good sandy beach.
Waterfoot, Northern Ireland
Waterfoot, at the nearer end of Red Bay on the Antrim coast, is delightfully situated, encircled amphitheaterlike by sandstone cliffs at the mouth of Glenariff.
Glenariff Forest Park
Glenariff is one of the loveliest of the nine Glens of Antrim.The Glenariff Forest Park offers spectacular walks with three waterfalls, trails along the sheer sides of the gorge, mountain view lookouts and a visitors center.
Address: Ballymena, Waterfoot Road, Antrim BT44 0QX, Northern Ireland
Useful tips: Closing time varies with sunset. Group discounts.
Disability Access: Partial facilities for persons with disabilities.
Guides: Guided tour included with admission.
Facilities: Restaurant or food service
Typical Visit: 3 hours 30 minutes
Loughside Open Dairy Farm, Ballycarry, Northern Ireland
Loughside Open Dairy Farm is home to fallow deer, Highland cattle, ponies, donkeys, Jacob sheep, Friesian Holstein herds. It also has a bird sanctuary and adventure playground with a miniature train ride.
Whitehead, Northern Ireland
From Carrickfergus a particularly lovely section of coast road runs by way of Whitehead, a popular seaside resort at the mouth of Belfast Lough, to Island Magee.
Cushendall, Northern Ireland
Just beyond Waterfoot is the little known resort of Cushendall.
Cushendun, Northern Ireland
Just beyond Waterfoot is the well known resort of Cushendun.
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