From the rolling hills of the Antrim plateau to the rugged cliffs above the coast road, the natural beauty and rich historical tapestry of Mid and East Antrim Borough is a treasure chest of discovery.
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It is here that you can run your fingers over the centuries-old, cold stone walls of Carrickfergus Castle, take in the same spectacular views as St Patrick from the top of Slemish Mountain or feel the seaspray on your face as you traverse the newly-restored walkways of The Gobbins.
Mid and East Antrim are proud to be able to boast some of the best tourist attractions Northern Ireland has to offer, which is why your Council is working hard to improve and preserve them.
The Gobbins Path allows visitors to take a rugged coastal walk with dramatic views of the Irish Sea and County Antrim coastline.
There are 23 bridges and walkways – some suspended over the water – alongside caves and steps, tunnels and paths carved directly through the cliff face. The attraction, opened in the summer of 2015, has already seen over 5,000 visitors and has been named one of the world’s best tourist attractions by international media.
The Northern Ireland Open is one of the biggest international tourism events in Mid andEast Antrim and continues to grow every year. In 2015 we welcomed nearly 40,000 visitors to the Borough due to the golf competition and we expect even more to come this year when it returns to Galgorm Castle in August 2016.
For more than 800 years Carrickfergus Castle – built by the Norman, John de Courcy – has stood strong on the shores of Belfast Lough. It is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Ireland.
Our Borough has 62 miles of awe-inspiring Antrim coastline, where the rugged Glens of Antrim meet the Irish Sea. The charming villages of Glenarm, Carnlough and Ballygally are perfect for picnics, canoeing and walks on the beach. A walk along the lovely coastal path from Whitehead to Blackhead Lighthouse offers beautiful views across the Irish Sea to the Copeland Islands and beyond to Scotland.