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The Famous Dark Hedges 

Only a 2 minute walk from the hotel, we're only a stones throw away from the very famous Dark Hedges.
As most people know the Dark Hedges featured in the Game of Thrones, since then people from all over the world come to walk the 'Kingsroad' every day, they have now become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Northern Ireland, and one of the most photographed natural phenomena in the world.
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Ballycastle Rathlin Island 
The ferry to Rathlin Island travels just six miles across the Sea of Moyle. This island is six miles long, one mile wide, "L" shaped and home to a slowly increasing population of around 140 people.

A short walk from the harbour is the Boathouse Visitor Centre(Seasonal) where visitors can discover some of the exciting history, learn about present day island life, and see some artefacts from shipwrecks around the island. Enjoy one of the many of the walks the Island has to offer, including along the shore to Mill Bay where you may see some of the resident seals basking or at play. Cycle hire is another way to enjoy the island or take a bus trip.

Ballycastle Beach 


Ballycastle Beach is a popular tourist destination located on the Causeway Coastal Route on the Antrim Coast. It is approximately 1.2 kilometres in length and runs from the pier at Ballycastle Marina at the western end, to Pans Rock in the east. The beach is predominately comprised of sand with some shingle.


Ballycastle Forest 

Ballycastle forest, on the slopes of Knocklayd Mountainin, was first planted in 1931. Most of this early woodland has now been clear felled and replanted, producing a more diverse range of wildlife habitats and offering enhanced views over the surrounding countryside.

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Ballintoy Harbour 

Ballintoy is one of the locations used to film the infamous Game of Thrones television series. The harbour has hardly changed in hundreds of years which makes Ballintoy the perfect setting for the medieval saga. Home to just under 200 people. Just down the road is Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge.


Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge 
The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a rope bridge near Ballintoy in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The bridge links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede. It spans 20 metres and is 30 metres above the rocks below. The bridge is mainly a tourist attraction and is owned and maintained by the National Trust 

PLEASE BE AWARE - Strong Windy Days they tend to close the bridge off and the bridge is only opened from March until October each year. 

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Giants Causeway 


The Giant's Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption. It is located in County Antrim on the north coast of Northern Ireland, about three miles northeast of the town of Bushmills.

Take the tour around the Stones & hear the fun story about the Giant Finn McCool.


Bushmills distillery 

The Old Bushmills Distillery is an alcohol distillery in Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, owned by Casa Cuervo. Bushmills Distillery uses water drawn from Saint Columb's Rill, which is a tributary of the River Bush. The distillery is a popular tourist attraction, with around 120,000 visitors per year.

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Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre 


Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre is a great place to take the kids for a fun day out… Kids and Adults Swimming Pool & Kids soft play area located in the heart of Ballymoney. 


Joey & Robert Dunlop Memorial Garden


Joey Dunlop, born in Ballymoney in 1952, was affectionately known to motorcycle racing fans and competitors alike as, 'King of the Roads' .

His incredible sporting career included five Formula One World Championships; 13 wins at the North West 200; 24 wins at the Ulster Grand Prix and a world record of 26 wins at the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy. His sporting achievements were recognised by Her Majesty the Queen when he was awarded an MBE in 1986. Ten years later he was presented with an OBE for his remarkable humanitarian work with children in Eastern Europe.

Tragically Joey lost his life whilst racing in Estonia on 2nd July 2000. It is estimated that 60,000 people from across the world came to Ballymoney to attend his funeral. In May 2001 Ballymoney Borough Council officially opened the Joey Dunlop Memorial Garden.

Joey's brother, Robert Dunlop was 19 years old when he made his debut at the Temple 100. He was soon winning races, at the North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix and Isle of Man TT and riding everything from 125cc to superbike. By 1991, he had won Ulster, Irish and British Championships including five wins at the Isle of Man, 15 at the North West 200 and nine at the Ulster Grand Prix. In addition, he won Grands Prix in Indonesia and Macau.



Rosepark Farm - Great for family days out 

Rosepark Farm is a family run attraction spread over 70 acres, situated in the North Antrim area, approximately 4 miles outside Ballymoney. The farm is a great place for families, educational and group visits to suit all ages enabling visitors to connect with nature and interact with various animals and birds.


Rose Park Farm is definitely a great spot to take the children to visit

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Coleraine Town Centre 


Coleraine is the informal capital of the Causeway Coast and has all the modern amenities you need and has great historical significance too. This thriving town is busy all year round as it plays host to many National and International visitors who come to visit the Causeway Coast.


It’s great for shopping with loads of shops for everyone. 


Jet Centre, Coleraine 

Jet Centre is another great spot for the whole family, 

offering Cinema Screens, Soft Play Area, Bowling, Mini Golf & an Asian Fusion Restaurant on site too. 

Pre booking is advised.  

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Bushmills is home to the Worlds oldest licensed whiskey distillery. Offical records strech back to 1608, when the area was granted its license to distil. Over 400 years later, whiskey is still being made in Bushmills, thanks to experience and craft passed down from generation to generation.
Bushmills Distillery offer guided walking tours and tasting days.  Contact Bushmills Distillery online at
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Dunluce is one of the most pictureque and romantic of Irish castles. With evidence of settlement from the first millennium, the present castle ruins date mainly from the 16th and 17th centuries. It was inhabited by both the feuding McQuillan and MacDonnell clans. Historical and archaeological exhibits are on display for public veiwing. 
Regular opening hours are February to November: Daily 9.30 to 5pm. December/ January: Daily 9.30 to 4pm.
Nearby Magheracross Veiwing Point and picnic area is an excellent spot to stop and take in the stunning coastal scenery.
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Ballycastle Marina Harbour is situated on the spectacular North Coast of Northern Ireland. Ballycastle is a traditional, friendly, seaside town, featuring the usual array of bars, restaurants, & ice cream parlours. 
The superb 74 berth blue flag marina is situated within the inner basin of Ballycastle Harbour and provides visiting vessels with sheltered pontoon berting for vessels up to 20 metres.
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Ballycastle Beach is a popular tourist destination located on the Causeway Coastal Route on the Antrim Coast. It is approximately 1.2 kilometres in length and runs from the pier at Ballycastle Marina at the Werstern end, to Pans Rock in the East. The beach is predominantly comprised of sand with some shingle.
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Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge is one of Northern Irelands most loved attractions, cared for by the National Trust, a registered conservation charity founded to protect beautiful and special places forever for everyone. 
Connected to the cliffs by a rope bridge across the Atlantic Ocean, Carrick-a-Rede Island (home to a single building- a fishermans cottage) is the final destination. Suspended almost 100ft (30m) above sea level, the rope bridge was first erected by salmon fisherman 350 years ago. 
Crossing the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is an exhilarating experience, high above the water and open to the elements. Thousands of people come every year to blow out the cobwebs, see the beautiful coastal scenery and spot rare wildlife. Pre booking is advisable in the busy summer months.
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The astounding beauty of Glenariff Forest Park provides visitors with an abundance of panoramic landscapes, peaceful riverside walks and three spectacular waterfalls. 
Situated among the world famous Glens of Antrim, Glenariff-Queen of the Glens- is considered to be the most beautiful of the nine Antrim Glens. 
Within its tranquil surroundings there is a unique waterfall walkway, which opened over 80 years ago and has been significantly upgraded along its 3 mile length which passes through a National Nature Reserve.
A 2,928 acre forest, it is managed by the Northern Ireland Forest Service. As well as being a recreational resource, the forest is used for timber production centered around the clearfelling of coniferous planation trees. 
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Glenarm Castle dates back from the 18th Century, the Walled Garden is situated on the grounds of Glenarm Castle, the ancestral home of the McDonnell family, Earls of Antrim. 
Over the past twenty years the Walled Garden has been carefully restored by Viscount and Viscoutess Dunluce, with excitig new features added every year. It continues to evolve as a centre of horticultural excellence with imaginative herbaceous borders, beautiful water features, fruit and vegetable gardens, and displays of flowers that burst with colour from Spring until Autumn. The 2022 season saw the addition of the woodland walk area, an exciting new element to the garden visit. 
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Boat tours
Departing from Portrush or Portstewart, you can cruise along the Causeway Coast, visiting the Skerries, Dunluce Castle, The Giants Causeway, White Park Bay, Ballintoy, Carrick-a-reed Rope Bridge and beyond. The North Coast is an area of outstanding natural beauty, and what better way to see the sights and sea than with experienced local skippers. Dolphins, basking sharks and puffins. Please contact if you wish to book a sea experience. 
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The Roe Valley Country Park is located in the outskirts of Limavady on the banks of the River Roe; and offers three miles of spectacular riverside views and woodland walks, along with opportunities for salmon and trout fishing, canoeing, rock climbing and orienteering. 
The river plunges through the spectacular gorges and its banks are clothed in mature woodland. 
There is also a visitor centre and tea room, named after the local inventor JE Ritter, who established Irelands first hydro-electric power station on the site (and was also a previous owner of the manor house around which the Roe Park Resort was built.)
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White park Bay is a spectacular sandy beach which forms a white arc between two headlands on the North Coast of Antrim. In this secluded location, even on a busy day there is plenty of room for quiet relaxation. 
The beach is backed by ancient dunes that provide a range of rich habitats, a haven for wildlife, with diverse habitats that house butterflies, orchids, birds, otters and sea life. 
Enjoy lazy days, enjoying picnics, making sandcastles and long walks. Look for the elephant rock!
The sea here is unsafe for swimming due to dangerous rip currents.
Did you know there is cows on the beach? They are some of the most photographed cows in Northern Ireland. As they wander along the White Park Bay, they end up in lots of peoples selfies and as a result, all over social media! The cattle carry out a very special part of the conservation work around the sand dunes of the beach. 
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Mussenden Temple is located in the beautiful surroundings of Downhill Demise near Castlerock in Co Londonderry. It perches dramatically on a 120 ft cliff top, high above the Atlantic Ocean on the North-Western coast of Northern Ireland, offering spectacular views westward over Downhill strand towards Magilligan Point and County Donegal and to the East Castlerock beach towards Portstewart, Portrush and Fair Head. 
Both the Temple and the breathtaking views are among the most photographed scenes in Ireland. Over the years the Temple itself was under danger of being lost to the sea due to the erosion of the cliff. In 1997 the National Trust then carried out cliff stabilisation work to prevent the loss of this lovely building.
The Derry Walls define the 'old town' quarter at the heart of the modern city of Derry/Londonderry. These walls is a network of streets, full of character and charm, enclosing an urban area: The Walled City delights. Here you will find a variety of craft, art venues and museums. 
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The Mourne Mountains are in County Down, lying 31 miles South of Belfast. Explore the highest and most dramatic mountain range in Northern Ireland. Beloved by hikers and cyclists, the Mournes have also long inspired songwriters and storytellers, and are said to have influenced C.S. Lewis to write 'The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe'. Its 12 peaks have been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and with miles of footpaths to explore, there is plenty to see and do. 
The Mournes have been voted one of Irelands favourite walking destinations and it's easy to see why!
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Belfast was Titanics home, it still is!
Discover the World famous story through the eyes of those whose hard work and ambition built her. 
You will uncover the sights, smells and stories of the ship, as well as the people and City that made her. 
Follow the themed one way route as you journey throughout boomtown Belfast and the shipyard where the liners were built, to the launch, fit out and maiden voyage, before discovering more about the sinking, aftermath, the quest to find Titanic and her final resting place. 
All whilst exploring the hopes and dreams of those whose lives were impacted by the great ship and wondering at the collection of unique Titanic artifacts.
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Carrickfergus Castle is a Norman Castle in Northern Ireland, situated in the town of Carrickfergus in Country Antrim, on the Northern shore of Belfast Lough. 
For over 800 years this castle has stood as a spectacular monument on the Northern Irish landscape. Despite being besieged by the Scots, Irish, English and French over the centuries it still sits in excellent condition, and continued to play a central military role until 1928. Today it is maintained by Northern Ireland Environment Agency.
Ranking as one of the best preserved medieval structures in Ireland, it is a popular desination for tourists worldwide wishing to delve deeper into its historical content.
Surrounded by sea, the keep of the castle is a four storey tower, 90ft high with a secod storey entrance
The core of the castle was built in 1177 by John de Courcy, after he conquered the east of Ulster and ruled as a petty king until 1204, when he was ousted by another Norman adventurer, Hugh de Lacy.
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Through emigration, Ulster people have made an impact across North America. Explore the rural Ulster and the American frontier as you walk in the footsteps of the bold migrants who set sail for America. 
The Ulster American Folk Park tells the story of Ulster peoples emigration to North America in the 18th Centuries. Learn more about lives left behind, the hardships endured on the journey and the pioneering spirit of building new lives in a new land. 
Dont miss the traditional craft demonstrations by the talented costumed guides, from wool spinning to willow weaving. 
It is recommended you allow yourself 2-3 hours to explore all the museum has to offer.
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Slieve Gullion is Irelands Mountain of Mystery. The forest park offers walking trails, a scenic drive, an adventure playpark, Fionn's Giant Adventure childrens story trail and a countyard with a coffee shop. 
A 10km drive around the slopes of Slieve Gullion offers visitors spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. A leisurely walk around the walled gardens is a must, as is a 2km walk through the mostly broadleaf mature woodland of Hawthorn Hill. 
The Crumlin Road Gaol is a 19th Century Grade A listed jail, open to the public for tours, concerts and events.
Take a tour to experience all aspects of the gaol from the tunnel linking the courthouse on the other side of Crumlin Road to the hanging cell, Governor's office, hospital and graveyard. 
Crumlin Road Gaol first opened its gates to prisoners in 1846 and for 150 years was a fully operational prision. On March 31, 1996, the Governor of Belfast's Crumlin Road Gaol walked out of the fortified prison and the heavy air locked gates slammed shut for the very last time. 
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Cuilcagh Broadway Trail also nicknamed the Stairway to Heaven Walk is located in Co. Fermanagh. The route meanders through one of the largest expanses of blanket bog in Northern Ireland, traversing over tracks, broadwalk and staircase. A steep climb is required to reach the viewing platform on Cuilcagh Mountain which provides breathtaking views of the surrounding low lands. 



The Hedges Hotel,
139A Ballinlea Road,
Ballymoney BT53 8PX,
Northern Ireland





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