The National Trust Visitor Attractions in Northern Ireland

From the Giant's Causeway and Carrick a Rede rope bridge to stunning houses such as Florencecourt and Castle Ward (to name but a few!) the National Trust is preserving and managing our built hertiage and coastlines with spectacular results.   The website below outlines all of the national Trust's projects in Northern Ireland and events in 2015. This site will give you a true flavour of our beautiful country.

National Trust Northern Ireland

British Open Golf - Royal Portrush - 2019

Everyone was delighted to learn that one of the biggest sporting events to arrive in Northern Ireland will take place in 2019.  The British Open Golf Championship will take place at the Royal Portrush course and is set to be the most prestigious event to be held in our area.  Watch this space for further news of this fabulous event.

Game of Thrones

Visit the website below to find out all about filming of the Game of Thrones in Northern .  Locations, maps they are all here.    You can even watch the night time filming from the Apartments - well,  you can see the lights!!

Game of Thrones

BUSHMILLS DISTILLERY - Salmon and Whiskey Festival

September, 2014

Every September Busmills will come alive to the annualSalmon and Whiskey Festival.   Artisan stalls,, street performers, whiskey tastings in the Distillery and delicious salmon  will keep guests amused for 2 days.  Follow the link below to find out more

The Distillery tour remains one of the most visited attractions in Northern Ireland, the tastings at the end of the tour believe it or not, are also popular!

bushmills distillery

Carnfunnock Country Park /2017

Carnfunnock Country Park - just a mile from the apartments - is hosting their usual variety of exciting events this Autumn/Winter. From Halloween extravaganzas to Nature Walks the Park is an exciting place for young and old with walks, an award winning childrens play park, a childrens adventure centre, an eight hole golf course, driving range and to round it all off a lovely cup of coffee in Cafe spice. Have a look at their website to find out more, there is fun to be had for all the family.

Larne Borough Council

Carrickfergus Castle

Carrickfergus Castle hosts many events during the Summer and one of the most popular is the Lughnasa Fair in July - enjoy local crafts, food and entertainment. Do visit this wonderful website and learn about all the events taking place at Carrickfergus Castle and other venues in Northern Ireland in  2015. A visit to historic Carrickfergus Castle is a must for the kids. The Castle is only 18 miles from the apartments and is a wonderful day out for all the family.    

Northern Ireland Environment Agency

Glenarm Castle

Please visit Glenarm Castle's website to see what events are being held there throughout the year.  The Dalriada Festival is a major annual event sponsored by P & O and was held in 2011 for the 1st time.  The coffee shop in the walled garden has now closed for the winter but will re-open on the 27th March, 2015.     One of my favourite places for lunch!

Glenarm Castle

RSPB Reserves in Northern Ireland

If birds are your thing, Northern Ireland is the place to come and visit. Rathlin Island has one of the largest sea bird colonys in the British Isles and is home to the Rathlin puffins. Even the very rare corncrake has made an appearance here in recent years and choughs are often to be seen.    Strangford lough is one of the RSPB's greatest successess in Northern Ireland and is a bird watchers paradise. Follow the link below ot learn more about events being held in 2015  Happy bird watching.

RSPB Northern Ireland

North West 200 -

2017 was a fantastic race year.   Watch this space for the 2018 dates -  The North West is the race that every motor bike enthusiast is waiting for and is Northern Irelands largest outdoor sporting event.   The race takes place on the legendary triangle between Portrush, Portstewart and Coleraine. More than 150,000 spectators line the roads to watch this exciting event. The Practice/Festival week has also become a major tourist attraction taking on a festival atmosphere with concerts and other entertainement geared to include all the family. 

North West 200

Hillsborough Oyster Festival

An exciting event held every September.

Here in Ireland we are lucky to have the best oysters along our shores and our oyster festivals have become major tourist attractions both here and accross the water. In Co. Down you can join the fun at the Annual Hillsborough Oyster Festival - live entertainment, gala ball, the oyster eating championship and much more - a great day out in the heart of the Mourne Mountains.  

Colin Shirlow has been the champion for nearly a decade eating 212 oysters in 3 minutes!!!!


Hillsborough Oyster Festival

2017 — Ballygally self-catering apartments