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Carnfunnock Country Park

Just a short drive up the coast is the beautiful Carnfunnock Country Park.

The park is set on 191 hectares of mixed woodland and gardens and was originally part of the estate of Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon but has since been purchased and run by the local council. Many of the original features still remain including the walled garden, ice house and lime kilns.

There are 5 marked walking trails from the Garden Trail which is 0.8 miles / 1.3km and takes approximately 20 minutes to the Woodland Trail which is 2.5 miles / 4km and takes around an hour to complete.

Also on site are some fun activities including a Play Park and the privately owned Family Fun Zone.

Carrickfergus Castle and Pillory

Carrickfergus is a large town in County Antrim steeped in history. The town is said to have gotten its name from the Irish Carraig Fhearghais meaning Rock of Fergus, according to one tale Fergus the Great had a ship run aground on a rock by the shore.

Carrickfergus castle is widely known as one of the best-preserved Norman castles in Ireland. Carrickfergus far pre-dates the city of Belfast and Belfast Lough was known as ‘Carrickfergus Bay’ well into the 17th century.

in 1711 Carrickfergus was the scene of the last witchcraft trial in Ireland. Eight women were charged and were convicted. They were sentenced to a year in prison and four sessions in the pillory. An example of the pillory is visible today in the High Street and makes for a fun photo opportunity.

Causeway Coastal Route

The spectacular Causeway Coastal Route is the home of many wonderful sights along a 130 mile stretch of the North Coast from Belfast to Derry. Whether you are wanting a seaside adventure such as a walk at the Giants Causeway, following in the footsteps of the legendary Giant, Finn McCool or heading for the hills to explore Glenariff Forest you are sure to find something memorable on your journey.

The Giants Causeway

The Giants Causeway is Northern Ireland’s first UNESCO Heritage Site and is known for its 40,000 basalt stone columns left by ancient volcanic eruptions.