Belfast & Northern Ireland

Antrim Borough

Perched on the north-eastern tip of Lough Neagh, the British Isles' largest lake, Antrim town and its surrounding countryside makes for a surprisingly diverse day-trip.

It's one of those areas that's often overlooked, but there are enough places of historical interest and outdoor enjoyment to keep your summer senses suitably stimulated.

Antrim Castle Gardens
features a resplendent parterre - or formal garden - planted in symmetrical flowerbeds which would have once supplied the 17th century Castle with herbs and medicines.

The Round Pond, long canal and Castle remnants make this an unusually elegant, and dare we say romantic, town centre haven.

Speaking of which, you simply must hunt out The Holestone, a curious 1.3m high construction d'amour that stands proudly in a field near the village of Doagh.

Legend has it that clasping hands with your lover through this Bronze Age monument's perfectly carved 10cm hole will ensure lifelong fidelity (Oooh matron! - Ed).

Back in town, the Lough Shore Park is a lovely spot set against the backdrop of gliding swans and golden sunsets.

And, if the weather turns cool, the Antrim Forum's gym, ten-pin bowling and swimming pool should keep the family happy for several hours.

Between Easter and October, the nearby Six Mile Water Caravan Park has 18 caravan and 24 tent sites, and its TV lounge and games extension affords great views across the Lough.

Finally, cyclists should make a beeline for the Loughshore Trail, a 128 mile route around the shores of Lough Neagh and Lough Beg, passing 25 sites of interest along the way.

Feel free to pop in to the Tourish Information Centre on High St, the girls are lovely, extremely friendly and will answer any questions you may have!


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