Recently awarded 4* status by NITB, Carnfunnock Country Park is packed full of exciting and unusual attractions to see and do, with over 191 hectares of mixed woodland, colourful gardens, walking trails and coastline, not forgetting its spectacular panoramic views of the Antrim Coast and North Channel.
The Park was originally part of the estate of Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon and reverted to Larne Borough Council in 1957. Many of the original features remain, including the walled garden, the ice house and the lime kilns.
Carnfunnock has combined a top of the range caravan park, man-made attractions and entertainment with the splendour of its natural scenery in a way which is very special. A fantastic range of family events, exciting activities and musical entertainments are on offer all year round, so please visit our website or Facebook page for further details.
G2Experience the Great Outdoors of Ballymoney in 2014
Townhead St, Ballymoney, BT53 6BE 028 2766 0230
Cycling, Walking and Fishing
With over 550 miles of road meandering through some of the most idyllic and scenic landscape, Ballymoney Borough has to be a mecca for cyclists and walkers of all abilities, with six mapped cycling routes of different lengths, capabilities and terrains as well as six walking route suggestions to enjoy. Ballymoney has some of the best game and coarse fishing stretches to be found anywhere, at seven acknowledged fishing locations. The Cycle, Walk and Fish Ballymoney guides are all available from the Tourist Information Centre or can be viewed at www.visitballymoney.com.
Recreate your own Game of Thrones at the Dark Hedges near Stranocum, with a variety of haunting shots from dawn to dusk. The 300 year old serpentine trees form an arc over the road and are reputedly haunted by a spectral ‘grey lady’ who appears at dusk among the trees. She silently glides along the roadside and disappears as she passes the last beech tree. Take your camera to Dervock to visit the 400 year old stunning Benvarden Estate with its two-acre walled garden, beautiful rosebeds and well stocked kitchen garden and avail of refreshments at the onsite tea rooms.
Great Indoor Alternatives
Never let the local weather spoil a great day out! Head to the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre where kids can have all the fun they can handle. Perhaps a swim or a visit to Treasure Island the popular children’s soft play area. Tel 2766 0260 for opening times.
t. 028 2827 0541 (Easter to October)
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