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Local News

It is not our intention to compete with the news papers to supply the news, but we thought it would be nice to include, a few items from the locality to give you some idea of the North Antrim area.

Giants Causeway

At the foot of the basaltic cliffs along the sea coast at the edge of the Antrim Plateau in Northern Ireland, the Giant's Causeway is made up of some 40,000 massive black columns sticking out of the sea. The dramatic sight has inspired legends of giants striding over the sea to Scotland. The study of these formations by geologists for 300 years has greatly contributed to the development of the earth sciences, and shown that this striking landscape was caused by volcanic activities during the Tertiary Period some 50-60 million years ago.

Golf Courses

One of three 'Royal' courses in Northern Ireland, Portrush is steeped in history both golfing and otherwise, being overlooked by the ruins of Dunluce Castle. The only course in Ireland to have hosted the Open Championship (1951, when Max Faulkner won) it is on everybody's short-list of top Irish courses, a great test of any golfer's shot-making and nerve.

The Old Bushmills Distillery

The Old Bushmills Distillery is the World's oldest licensed Whiskey Distillery. King James I granted the original License to distil 'Aqua Vitae' in April 1608 and since then Bushmills has been making the finest Irish Malt Whiskey here for almost four hundred years.

Situated just a mile from the spectacular Giant's Causeway, the distillery lies in an area of outstanding natural beauty and is rich in history and folklore.

Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge

Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge is situated between Ballycastle and Ballintoy. One of the most famous things to do in Northern Ireland is to walk across this narrow, scary, swinging rope bridge hovering 80 feet above the sea.

Constructed of rope and wooden planks this bridge is connected to a very small offshore island from the mainland and can only be accessed during the summer months as it is removed before winter comes. Only the brave will cross this bridge as it sways to and fro in the wind!

Erected in early May and taken down in mid-September where its main purpose was for the access to the salmon fishery on the small steep island sixty feet away.

Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle was built by Richard de Burgh, the Earl of Ulster. In 1584 it fell to the famous battle hardy MacDonnell clan who ruled this north eastern corner of Ireland in the 16th century. In 1588 the MacDonnells used their helping of the treasures from the Spanish Armada ship the Girona, wrecked off the Giant's Causeway, to refurbish the castle. However, in 1639, during a violent storm, part of the castle fell into the sea after which it was abandoned by the MacDonnells. It has a breathtaking location perched on a cliff top along the spectacular Antrim coast.

White Rocks

These lie two miles east of the town, at the end of the Curran Strand. Limestone cliffs have weathered into caves, arches and other fantastic shapes. The 'Cathedral Cave' has a roof supported by two massive columns at its seaward end.
Other features have been named the Priest's Hole, The Giant's Head, The Lion's Paw and The Wishing Arch.
There are several picnic sites, one of which was proved by archaeologists to have been in use since 1300 B.C.!
There are spacious car parks and along the road to the east, a car park and picnic site on the clifftop has fine views.

The Skerries

A chain of rocky, grass covered islands lying about two miles of the coast. During the last war, there was a plan to join the islands to Ramore Head in Portrush to make the largest harbour in the world! There are boat trips around the islands from the harbour.

The Cliff Path

This follows the splendid coast from Portrush to Portstewart rising from sea level to the clifftops. It is part of the famous Ulster Way.

The Nature Reserve

This is beside the Countryside Centre mentioned next. The adjacent rocks contain thousands of fossil impressions, most notably ammonites, and were the focus of international debate at the height of the evolutionary controversy in the 1880s.

Countryside Centre

Once the bath-house (with hot and cold salt water bathing) for the patrons of the famous Northern Counties Hotel, it is now converted to a modern exhibition and lecture centre, specializing in all aspects of Natural History on the North Coast.


Established for over 60 years, this is the largest amusement park in Ireland with the very latest rides for indoor and outdoor entertainment.
Adjacent 'Kiddieland' offers small rides for young children.

Informative Sites

Here are some sites with more information about the North Antrim Coast.