Friary Cottage - Things To Do....

If you do not want to travel too far there are activities in our local area to occupy your time.

Gracehill Golf Course is just a few minutes drive from our cottages and provides one of the top eighteen hole parkland courses in Northern Ireland.
Nestling in beautiful parkland it offers golfers the opportunity to sample American style water hazards while other holes are played through mature woodland. Golfers wishing to enjoy a challenging round in very rural surroundings will find Gracehill the ideal choice.

For those that are not golfers why not try the Hedges Driving Range which is just next door to the golf club. It also has a restaurant upstairs.

On your way back why not stop and have your photograph taken at the Dark Hedges. This is a beautiful avenue of old beech trees that arc, lining the Bregagh Road and are thought to be about 300 years old. They are a much photographed natural monument of our area.

Sheans Horse Farm offers pony trekking and riding lessons for all ages and for all levels of riding abilities.

Watertop Farm is about 15 – 20 minutes away from our cottages. It is a family run open farm offering such activities as pony riding, sheep shearing and tea rooms. A must before you leave is to take a trip in the ‘Paddiwagon’ an ex army 4 x 4 truck.

For those walkers among you why not follow the Moyle Way, a twenty mile walk starting in Ballycastle and ending in the beautiful Glenariff Forest Park. If you are here to enjoy the scenery and the sites the best way to do so is to follow the Causeway Coastal Route. This route covers eighty miles of coastline beginning in Belfast and ending in the Walled City of Derry. Below we have listed the Causeway Coastal Route which you may find helpful. This route takes in most of the tourist attractions on the North Coast.

  1. Belfast Zoo – situated on a breath-taking 55 acre site with panoramic views over Belfast Lough.
  2. Carrickfergus Castle – one of Ireland’s finest medieval castles. A striking feature of the landscape from land, sea and air.
  3. Carnfunnock Country Park – covers 191 hectares of mixed woodland, colourful gardens, walking trails and stunning coastline.
  4. Slemish Mountain – as the remains of an extinct volcano, this mountain has geological significance. While Patrick slaved as a shepherd on Slemish in the fifth century he experienced his conversion to Christianity.
  5. Glenarm Castle – the walled garden and tearoom are open from May – September with various events taking place including a Fine Food Fair, Tulip Festival and the World Highland Games.
  6. Glenariff Forest Park – three waterfalls provide a rich backdrop for photographers as do the forest trails and peaceful riverside walks.
  7. Cushendall – in this picturesque village, preserved Georgian houses line the four streets and the Curfew Tower is still a centrepiece.
  8. Cushendun – stands on an elevated beach at the outflow of the Glendun and Glencorp valleys.
  9. Torr Head – rugged coast, spectacular views over the Mull of Kintyre, crashing waves and historical intrigue are reasons why you should make this detour.
  10. Bonamargy Friary – was built close to the mouth of the Carey and Shesk rivers by Rory MacQuillan in1500.
  11. Ballycastle – enjoy beach and scenic views across to Rathlin Island and the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland. A monument of Guglielmo Marconi overlooks the harbour, commemorating his first wireless transmission from Ballycastle to Rathlin in 1898. From the harbour take a short boat ride to Rathlin.
  12. Rathlin Island – amidst the rugged landscape of this isolated island you can let your mind wander and discover a tranquillity and beauty that is so unexpected.
  13. Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge – boasts unrivalled coastal scenery and an exhilarating rope bridge experience.
  14. Whitepark Bay – this spectacular sandy beach forms a white arc between two headlands on the North Antrim Coast.
  15. Giants Causeway – renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt, it is the only World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland.
  16. Old Bushmills Distillery – is the oldest distillery in Ireland. In 1608, James 1 granted a royal licence to the district of Bushmills to distill.
  17. Dunluce Castle – the spectacular castle on the North Antrim Coast, was shaped when the sea cut deep into the rock.
  18. Whiterocks (Portrush) – the limestone cliffs of the Whiterocks stretch from Curran Strand to Dunluce Castle. These soft sedimentary rocks have been carved through centuries into a labyrinth of caves and arches.
  19. Portstewart Strand – two miles of yellow sand make this one of Northern Irelands finest and most popular Blue Flag beaches.
  20. Mountsandel Fort – the earthen fort in Mountsandel Wood, is the oldest known settlement in Ireland.
  21. Mussenden Temple – Frederick Hervey, Bishop of Derry, had an appetite for drama and chose a wild coastal headland for a mansion and a temple.
  22. Gortmore / Binevenagh – the mountain towers above Limavady and Magilligan, with great views over Lough Foyle and across to County Donegal.
  23. Roe Valley Country Park – the river flows through this colourful park where deciduous and riverbank woodland flourish.
  24. Derry the Walled City – its setting on the steep hills overlooking the wide sweep of the Foyle, its distinctive architecture and its famous walls provide enormous appeal.