Welcome to Mid and East Antrim

About Mid and East Antrim

Photograph of the Emmigrant Commemoration statue in Larne

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.

Slemish Mountain once home to St Patrick stands firm nearly in the middle of the Borough. The villages of Ahoghill, Broughshane and Kells are places to linger and enjoy the beauty of the landscape. With its preserved Georgian architecture and layout, the village of Gracehill is the only full-scale settlement of the Moravian Church in Ireland. 

Did you know Mid and East Antrim Borough is the ancestral home of two American Presidents? Andrew Jackson was the 7th President and Chester Alan Arthur was the 21st President of the USA. The Andrew Jackson Cottage, Carrickfergus and Arthur Cottage, Cullybackey have been carefully restored. When you visit you can experience the traditional atmosphere of their homesteads.

Mid and East Antrim is a place filled with intrigue and opportunity. Whether you want to walk in the wilds, paddle board across the sea, discover more about your heritage and history, or relax with a coffee and let the world go by, your Borough has it all on offer.

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