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We've put together a list of nearby attractions within The Gobbins area. We are confident that you, your family and friends will have a memorable time with us. Thank you for visiting and enjoy!

From the Gobbins team.

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BROWN’S BAY BEACH & FERRIS BAY

Brown’s Bay Beach is a popular sandy, safe beach on the northern end of Islandmagee, nestling between Skenaghan Point and Barrs Point. It is 300m long with rocks and loose boulders around the edge. The rural setting and the relative remoteness of this site gives it a real “away-from-it-all” feel. The view across the horizon is beautiful showing five headlands all the way up the Antrim coast. This beach is popular for swimming. Waves are generally not very high.

Skenaghan point, on the east of the bay, is a National Trust property and features a short walking route past the “rocking stone”. Looking to the north one gets a clear view of the “Maidens rocks” far out in the North Channel, and their two lighthouses, only one of which is now in operation. A footpath follows the road to the west past the golf course to another sandy beach at Ferris Bay. This bay is bounded at the western side by Ferris Point on which stands the lighthouse that guides shipping into the busy port of Larne.

Opening Times

Open All Year

Cost

Free

Address

Browns Bay Road Islandmagee County Antrim BT40 3RX

Contact Details

Larne Visitor Information Centre: Tel: 0300 124 5000 e: lticreception@midandeastantrim.gov.uk​ Address: Larne Visitor Information Centre, Narrow Gauge Road, Larne BT40 1XB
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PORTMUCK HARBOUR

Portmuck is a beautiful little harbour located on the northwest coastline and steeped in history, from the site of an ancient monastery and castle to smuggling, lime production and fishing. The National Trust owns and manages the coastline on either side of the harbour and they have provided a picnic area and excellent trails with cliff top walks for visitors to enjoy the stunning scenery and impressive views of Muck Island. The island is said to resemble the shape of a pig, thus its name derived from the Irish for Pig (muc). Muck Island is an important bird sanctuary with nesting seabirds, so keep an eye out for Kittiwakes, Guillemots and Razorbills. The harbour is bounded to the west by limestone cliffs which have often yielded prehistoric fossils.

Opening Times

Open All Year

Cost

Free

Address

Portmuck Road, Islandmagee, County Antrim BT40 3TP

Contact Details

Larne Visitor Information Centre: Tel: 0300 124 5000 e: lticreception@midandeastantrim.gov.uk​ Address: Larne Visitor Information Centre, Narrow Gauge Road, Larne BT40 1XB

BALLYLUMFORD DOLMEN

Ballylumford Dolmen is situated near the north-west tip of the Islandmagee peninsula and near Ballylumford power station. It is known locally as the “Druid’s Altar”, and could be 4000 years old, or the remains of an even earlier passage grave. The dolmen consists of four upright stones, with a heavy capstone and a fallenstone within the structure. This may have been put there to block the entrance to the tomb. The dolmen is in the front garden of a house. Historical artifacts have been recovered from under the dolmen by archaeologists and it would appear to have stood over a burial chamber from ancient times. A wall plaque at the site describes the dolmen as a single chambered grave erected about 2000-1600 BC. Local finds indicate occupation of the neighborhood during the Bronze Age.

Opening Times

Open All year

Cost

Free

Address

91 Ballylumford Road, Island Magee,‬

Contact Details

Larne Visitor Information Centre: Tel: 0300 124 5000 e: lticreception@midandeastantrim.gov.uk​ Address: Larne Visitor Information Centre, Narrow Gauge Road, Larne BT40 1XB
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Work is well underway at The Gobbins and the attraction is on track to reopen in time for the peak summer season.

 

The Gobbins Path tour will operate for two/thirds of the path up until the Man ‘o’War sea stack. Visitors will be also have an additional guided tour of Portmuck harbour where they will learn about the sea life, geology and history of this picturesque gem in Islandmagee.

 

Tours will be held hourly from 10am to 6pm and each tour will last approx. 2.5 hours. Booking prices and conditions are available via out website www.thegobbinscliffpath.com.

 

Priority booking will be given to members of the public who have previously had tours cancelled due to our closure last year.

Have you a gift card from The Gobbins which you havent used yet? We are also giving priority to those with a gift card to book for the summer season before we open sales on general release.

The Gobbins guest relations team are currently welcoming inquiries from anyone holding a valid gift card. To inquire further, please don’t hesitate to contact the Gobbins Visitors Centre on 02893372318 quoting your gift card number (found at the bottom of your gift card).

 

 

Once priority booking is complete, tickets will be put on general release at the beginning of June through our website.

 

We will update you again once the on line booking has gone live.

 

If you have any queries, please contact us on 028 9337 2318.

 

 

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