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It's very easy to see why County Antrim is at the heart of tourism in Northern Ireland. It is home to one of the world's many wonders; the Giant's Causeway. When visiting Antrim on holiday, staying in a self catered cottage or elsewhere, you'll find many places of pure natural beauty. It is home to many tradition picturesque town and villages; many of which enjoy fantastic views out over the seas. Take the Causeway Coastal Route to truly appreciate all that Antrim has to offer as the route guides you from Belfast north to the Giant's Causeway and beyond.

Not far from belfast, and one of our many hubs for self catered accommodation in Northern Ireland, is the town of Carrickfergus with its famous castle. It is one of the best examples of a Norman castles in Northern Ireland. Explore its massive ramparts and see how it controlled access to Belfast Lough. Carrickfergus is also home to a thatched cottage of particular note; the town is home to the Andrew Jackson Centre. Andrew Jackson's parents lived in the town before emigrating to america in 1765.

Andrew Jackson is not the only famous person with ties to County Antrim; Jonathan Swift's first placement within the community as a clergyman was in Kilroot. It is said that his journeying past Cavehill regularly lend to the area becoming part of his inspiration for his most famous work; Gulliver's Travels.In the shape of Northern Ireland, the maze at Carnfunnock Country Park near Larne is a fascinating and unique visit. The park iself covers an area of over 450 acres which includes a mixture of woodland, gardens, ponds, walking trails and coastline. Enjoy the park's panoramic views of the Antrim Coast and the North Channel.

One of Antrim's other famous features is its nine glens. We have plenty of self catering properties through out the glens to allow you to stay as close to nature as you can. Chief among these is Glenariff, the so called Queen of the Glens is the largest and most popular. The glen is best enjoyed in the Glenariff Forest park which is home to many different breeds of wildlife and forna with 2 rivers which run through the glen to create beautiful waterfalls.

With half a million visits yearly, the Giant's Causeway is definitely one of Northern Ireland's most popular attractions. 60 million years ago volcanic eruptions crafted the causeway out of basalt and it has be mystifying visitors ever since. Taking the coastal walk down to the Carrick-a-Rede rope brigde and its daring crossing is a very rewarding experience though not for those who are faint of heart.

Home to Northern Ireland's largest seabird colony, Rathlin Island lies lbetween County Antrim and Scotland like a stepping stone. The beautiful landscape of this eight mile long island is dotted with rugged cliffs, standing stones, cairns, passage tombs, an ancient church and castle sites. Heading to Bushmills, see Dunluce Castle teetering dramatically on a spectacular crag that hangs over the raging sea below. 

Once home to the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick was once a shephard on Slemish Mountain near Ballymena. Rising to a height of around 1,500 feet above sea level; many pilgrimage to here on Saint Patrick's Day.

 

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