Activities in Carnlough, Northern Ireland

Outdoor Activities

Carnlough Beach

Just a few minutes’ walk from Whitehill Caravan Park, Carnlough Bay boasts a beautiful stretch of beach. Enjoy a quick dip on a warm day, join the sandcastle competition during our annual village festival in

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Carnlough Harbour

Stroll around Carnlough’s iconic harbour, where you may see a local fisherman bringing in the day’s catch. Hop aboard The Curiosity for a spin around the bay with Carnlough Bay Boat Tours, stop in for

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Cranny Waterfall & Quarry Walk

Take a walk up to the Cranny Waterfall or explore the scenic viewpoints near the old Carnlough quarry. It’s a 30- to 45-minute walk to get up to this area and requires a light to

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Carnlough Play Parks

We have three play parks in the village: South Bay Play Park is located beside Carnlough Beach toward the south end of the village. Beachlands Play Park is also located along the bay but is

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Garron Point

Garron Point is scenic viewpoint located just a 5-minute drive away along the gorgeous Coast Road. It’s the perfect spot for a picnic, a bit of fishing, or some exploration along the rocks. If you

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Carnlough Bay Boat Tours

Local fisherman and tour operator Davy Smyth offers an unforgettable way to experience Carnlough’s beauty! Board The Curiosity to see the stunning Carnlough Bay coastline from the sea, hear stories about the local area, and

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Ballygally Castle

Ballygally

The village of Ballygally is approximately 15 minutes away by car along the Coast Road. Attractions here include: Carnfunnock Country Park—offers a variety of outdoor activities, including a nine-hole golf course and driving range. Ballygally

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Slemish Mountain

Slemish, Broughshane, Ballymena

Head inland to visit Slemish, Broughshane, or the town of Ballymena (all between 15-30 minutes away by car). Attractions here include: Slemish Mountain—climb in the historic footsteps of St. Patrick (yes, the St. Patrick)…legend has

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Glenariff Waterfall

Glenariffe

The glen of Glenariffe is approximately 15 minutes away by car along the Coast Road. Attractions here include: Glenariffe Forest Park—head up into the glen for stunning vistas, waterfalls, and walking trails in Glenariffe Forest

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Cushendall

Cushendall

The village of Cushendall is approximately 20 minutes away by car along the Coast Road. Attractions here include: Cushendall Sailing and Boat Club—offering sailing courses, yacht and dinghy races, and a newly refurbished clubhouse, the

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Cushendun

The village of Cushendun is approximately 25 minutes away by car along the Coast Road. Attractions here include: Cushendun Caves—a famous Game of Thrones filming location, this pebbled cove is where Melisandre gave birth to

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Torr Head, Murlough Bay & Fair Head

For stunning, panoramic views of the rugged Northern Irish coastline and the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland, take the winding roads to Torr Head. It is approximately 45 minutes away from Carnlough by car. Please

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Ballycastle beach

Ballycastle & Rathlin Island

Visit the vibrant town of Ballycastle, frequently ranked as one of the best places to live in Northern Ireland. It’s a great spot for foodies, golfers, or those who just want to grab an ice

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Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge

Enjoy a breath-taking clifftop walk and an exhilarating crossing over the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, which hangs almost 100 feet above the water; salmon fishers built the first version of the bridge in 1755. The rope

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Ballintoy Harbour

Ballintoy Harbour & Larrybane

As you head up the coast, you can stop in at two Game of Thrones filming locations. Ballintoy Harbour served as the harbour in the Iron Islands where Theon Greyjoy takes command of his own

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Dunseverick Castle

Dunseverick Castle

Stop at the scenic viewpoint that overlooks the ruins of Dunseverick Castle. St. Patrick was said to have visited this castle in the fifth century AD. The castle is approximately 1 hour away from Carnlough

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Giants Causeway

Giant’s Causeway

No trip to Northern Ireland would be complete without seeing the Giant’s Causeway, our most famous natural landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Stop in at the visitor’s centre to study up on the

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Portrush Harbour

Portrush

Host of The 148th Open Championship in 2019, Portrush is a well-known spot for golfers from all over the world. The seaside resort town has something for everyone, including mouth-watering food, art and shops, and

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Portstewart Strand

Portstewart

Only 10 minutes away from Portrush, Portstewart is another bustling seaside town offering top-notch food, golf, and entertainment. Don’t miss out on the famed Portstewart Strand, a stunning strip of beach managed by the National

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Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle

Explore the captivating ruins of Dunluce Castle, which sit atop a North Coast cliff. This medieval castle has a long and fascinating history, and the Viscount and Viscountess Dunluce (who also maintain a residence at

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Mussenden Temple

Mussendon Temple & Downhill Demesne

Mussendon Temple is an 18th century structure sitting on a cliff 120 feet above the sea. Visitors to the estate can explore multiple sites including the temple itself, the ruins of Downhill House, the 200-year-old

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The Dark Hedges

The Dark Hedges

The Dark Hedges is a broad avenue lined with beech trees planted in the 18th century. Many visitors recognise it as the Kingsroad from Game of Thrones. Tourists may not drive on the road itself,

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The Gobbins Cliff Path

The Gobbins

Lace up your hiking boots for this dramatic guided cliff walk! The original path opened in 1902 and the site was recently revamped in 2015—it consists of a series of walkways, bridges, caves, and tunnels

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Botanic Gardens

Botanic Gardens

Visit a 19th century botanical garden which features a gorgeous Victorian glasshouse called the Palm House. Guests can also visit the recently restored Tropical Ravine, wander through the extensive rose gardens, or lounge in the

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