NEARBYATTRACTIONS

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 Skernaghan 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.

Skernaghan point, on the east of the bay, is a National Trust property and features a short walking route past the “rocking stone”.The name Skernaghan is of old Norse origin, it indicates a reef of rocks and dates back to the Viking period.  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

www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk
https://shapedbyseaandstone.com/index.php/attraction/browns-bay

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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 gets its name from the fact that it resembles the shape of a pig and muc is the Irish word for pig. Another possibility is that porpoise can be seen from its shoreline and in Irish they are referred to as sea pigs. 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

www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk
https://shapedbyseaandstone.com/index.php/things-see-do?combine=islandmagee&field_tags_target_id=All

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 is at least 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

www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk
https://shapedbyseaandstone.com/index.php/things-see-do?combine=islandmagee&field_tags_target_id=All

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Following the new government restrictions The Gobbins will be closed as of 27th November 2020. We will reopen again on the 11th of December 2020 (subject to any new restrictions) and look forward to welcoming you back. You are however still able to book online for tours running after the 11th December

We are delighted to announce that The Gobbins Cliff Path is now OPEN. There will be a number of changes both prior to and during your visit. Your safety and that of our staff is paramount and we are proud that The Gobbins has been awarded the ‘We’re Good To Go’ certificate which is the official UK mark to signal that a tourism or hospitality business is following Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, putting in place processes to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing. For more details on these changes please Click Here



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