Trevs Tours

Motorcycle Tours and Accommodation Islandmagee, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

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Trev's Tours

Motorcycle Tours and Accommodation Islandmagee, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

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Attractions

Situated on the gateway to the Antrim coast we have a wide range of tourist attractions on our doorstep

27 July 2015

From cliff top walks to sites of historical significance and days out we have something to suit all the family.

The Gobbins Cliff Path

Category: Days Out

Travel time: 2 minutes

This scenic cliff path was first opened in 1902 and was built by Irish civil engineer Berkeley Deane Wise. The path included staircases, tubular and suspension bridges and caves and tunnels carved through the rock along the cliff edge.

Visitors to the path would arrive at the BNCR station in Ballycarry and then either walk there or be taken onwards by jaunting car. For several decades, until the outbreak of the Second World War, the Gobbins was one of the most popular tourist destinations in Northern Ireland once attracting more visitors than the Giants Causeway.

The newly re-opened path has a visitors centre located within a mile of the accommodation and takes guided walks on a daily basis but must be booked in advance. Check out the website for more information www.thegobbinscliffpath.com.

The Giants Causeway

Category: Days Out

Travel time: 1 hour 15 minutes

An iconic visitor attraction and arguably the jewel in the crown of the north coast. It is of international importance and has been a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986.

Discover the science of the site which was formed from an ancient volcanic eruption, with 40,000 basalt columns that stretch along the coast out to the sea. While you are there you can follow the path of giants and explore the myth and legend tales of the giant Finn McCool who was said to have lived at the site over 2,000 years ago

Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge

Category: Days Out

Travel time: 1 hour 15 mins

A short coastal footpath leads to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. On the way, there are wonderful vantage points to stop and take in the natural beauty. Fulmars, kittywakes, guillemots and razorbills breed on the islands close to the rope bridge.

This famous rope bridge was originally erected by fishermen to Carrick-a-Rede island over a 23m-deep and 20m-wide chasm to check their salmon nets. Today visitors are drawn here simply to walk the dizzying heights of the rope bridge and enjoy the geology, flora and fauna which have won Carrick-a-Rede recognition as an area of special scientific interest. In addition it boosts breath taking views which take in Scotland and Rathlin Island.

Rathlin Island

Category: Days Out

Travel time: 1 hour 10 mins (Includes a ferry)

Rathlin Island is off the coast of Ballycastle and is accessed by ferry which travels 6 miles across the “Sea of Moyle”. This island is six miles long, one mile wide, “L” shaped and home to a small population of around seventy people.

In the harbour is the Boathouse, where visitors can discover some of the exciting history, learn about present day island life and see some artefacts from shipwrecks around the island. The island has an array of wildlife ranging including a colony of seals, extensive bird life. At the west of the island is the renowned RSPB Seabird Centre, where puffins, guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes can be viewed during the summer months. It is also home to some magnificent views, on clear days Donegal, the North Antrim coastline, the island of Islay and the Mull of Kintyre can be seen.

Bentra Golf Course

Category: Golf

Travel time: 3mins

Bentra Golf Course is located in the County Antrim town of Whitehead in Northern Ireland. The Course is a well matured 9 hole course, Bentra is designed with the experienced golfer and novice in mind. Wide fairways with some particularly long holes ensure a steady round at most times. Bentra Clubhouse facilities boast recently refurbished changing rooms and golf shop. Bentra offers an attractive and inexpensive days golf.

Gleno Waterfall

Category: Days Out

Travel time: 12 mins

Gleno Waterfall is a beautiful location nestled in the glens of Antrim. A short stroll from the charming village of Gleno, steps and paths wind around a small glen with one of the most picturesque waterfalls in Northern Ireland. Don’t miss this favourite photographic location with visitors coming from near and far.

Glenariff Forest Park

Category: Days Out

Travel time: 1 hour

Opened 80 years ago and a gateway to the Gelns, the stunning Waterfall Walkway consists of 3 miles through a National Nature Reserve. Three waterfalls provide a rich backdrop for photographers, as do the other forest trails that offer panoramic landscapes and peaceful riverside walks. A visitor centre, exhibition, interactive display, shop, caravan/camping site (open Easter – October) Laragh Lodge Restaurant (open all year round). Disabled access.

Carrick Castle

Category: Days Out

Travel time: 14 mins

A stricking feature of the landscape from land, sea and air, Carrickfergus Castle greets all visitors with its strength and menace. It represents over 800 years of military might. Besieged in turn by the Scots, Irish, English and French, the Castle saw action right up to World War II. Today it is maintained by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and can be enjoyed by visitors wanting to learn more about its history or just looking for a fun day out in a unique setting.

Glenarm Castle

Category: Days Out

Travel time: 35 mins

One of Northern Irelands most beautiful estates, Glenarm Castle has been the home of the Earls of Antrim for over 400 years and the setting of a glorious walled garden which is open to visitors from May to September. Situated along the north Antrim Coast in Glenarm village it is a place of outstanding natural beauty, and the fabulous setting, of built and rural heritage provides a magnificent location for corporate hospitality and small weddings. It also has a walled garden gift shop and tea room.

The Rhinka

Category: Local Interest

Travel time: 2 mins

The Rinkha is a local, family-owned general shop, ice cream parlour and toy store that is celebrating more than 70 years of providing the community of Islandmagee with all their grocery, hardware, ice cream and toy needs.

Originally a dance hall, the Rhinka is famous for its traditional family recipe Ice Cream available all year round with exciting seasonal flavour innovations as well as the constant classics.

Titanic Belfast

Category: Days Out

Titanic Belfast is the world’s largest Titanic-themed visitor attraction, located on the very slipways where she was built at the heart of Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is one of the top 5 tourist attractions in Northern Ireland.

The Titanic experience takes you through nine galleries, telling the story of RMS Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end. The galleries are innovative and interactive with many features including diving to the depth of the ocean to explore where RMS Titanic now rests. The Titanic story is told at Titanic Belfast in a fresh and insightful way.

Bushmills Distillery

Category: Days Out

Travel time: 1 hour 15 mins

Ireland’s oldest working distillery in County Antrim is situated on the beautiful North Coast. The original grant to distil was signed in 1608 by King James 1st and there has been distillation on this site since then, using the unique water from the local stream and Irish barley. The Bushmills Brand Experience encompasses guided tours around a working distillery with all the associated sights and smells, tutored whiskey tastings, a specialist whiskey shop and a well-stocked gift shop with exclusive Bushmills merchandise. At the conclusion of your tour you will be offered a whiskey or a soft drink in the 1608 Bar. There is also a restaurant serving lunches and Bushmills inspired treats throughout the day.

We are Vertigo

Category: Activities & Leisure

Travel time: 50 mins

Northern Ireland’s first indoor Ski and Adventure Centre, We Are Vertigo, is based at Newtownbreda Industrial Estate.

The centre offers exciting experiences for people of all ages and abilities to try out or brush up on their skiing skills as well as experience extreme fun. We Are Vertigo also offers the very best in extreme fun in the Adventure Centre. Kids of all ages can enjoy an Alpine themed play area, Sky Trail high ropes, low ropes, climbing wall, Alpine Swiss play village, electric quads and log cabin party rooms. For those who want to take adventure to a new height there is the opportunity to try out the 40m zip line.

Game of Thrones Filming Locations

Category: Local Interest

Interested in finding out more about the epic Game Of Thrones filming locations? Across Northern Ireland there are a number of locations that were used in the extremely famous TV Series. Not on the official GOT Locations is the famous Castle of the North and White Wall just minutes away at Magheramorne Quarry.

Whitehead Golf Course

Category: Golf

Travel time: 5 mins

Situated on Muldersleigh Hill, the location of early settlements dating as far back as the early stone age, the site offers unrivalled views over vast areas of land and sea. As you travel around the course you can see all the way across Belfast Lough to the Mourne Mountains, over the Irish Sea to Scotland and across Islandmagee all the way up to the famous Glens of Antrim.

The club boasts a challenging but fair 18 hole course suitable for experienced and novice golfers. The top nine holes tend to play more ‘links’ type golf while the bottom nine hole are more ‘parkland’ the best of both worlds. The course is known among golfers in Ireland as ‘a hidden gem on the beautiful Antrim coast.’

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

Category: Days Out

Travel time: 50 mins

A museum of international renown, the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum is regarded as being amongst the best of its kind in the world. Set in over 170 acres of rolling countryside overlooking Belfast Lough, visitors can wander through the past and discover how people lived and travelled over the centuries.

The Transport Museum creatively displays one of Europe’s largest and most comprehensive transport collections, from horse-drawn carriages to Irish built motor cars and from the mighty steam locomotives that graced our railways to the history of ship and aircraft building. At our Titanic exhibition visitors can discover over 500 original artefacts and 35 loan objects from RMS Titanic including the 6m long original ship plans.

Ulster Museum, Belfast

Category: Days Out

Travel time: 45 mins

As Northern Ireland’s treasure house of the past and the present, the Ulster Museum is home to a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences and is free to all visitors. The revitalised museum tells the story of the people of the north of Ireland from earliest times to the present day. Impressive galleries and interactive discovery zones bring history, science and art collections to life for visitors of all ages.

The Ulster Museum is part of National Museums Northern Ireland, which also includes the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Ulster American Folk Park, the W5 Science Centre and Armagh County Museum.

Kilcoan Gardens

Category: Local Interest

Travel time: 2 minutes

Kilcoan Gardens are a family run business situated within the windswept, scenic peninsula of Islandmagee.

The organic garden has evolved over the past 18 years and extends to over 5 acres. The gardens include a series of rooms, with a cottage garden, vegetable and herb areas, an orchard and several meadows. There is also a cut flower field with a variety of annual and perennial beds.

Opening Times:
FROM APRILSEPTEMBER
WEDNESDAYSUNDAY 12noon-5pm

Entry costs £3.50, children are free. Sorry no dogs allowed.

They also hold flower arranging courses and garden events throughout the year together with garden tours, by appointment for a minimum of 10 people, from April to September.