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.

LARNE LOUGH

Sandwiched between the coast of County Antrim and Islandmagee, Larne Lough was known as a sheltered haven for seafarers as far back as Roman times and is  also a wetland of international significance, providing shelter, breeding sites and food, for a wide variety of bird species. The Lough is an Area of Special Scientific Interest and a RAMSAR site (The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance). Larne Lough provides an ideal location for studying marine orientated wildlife.

Opening Times

Open All Year

Cost

Free

Address

Larne Lough, Larne, BT40

Contact Details

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

KILCOAN GARDENS

The gardens are situated within the peninsula of Islandmagee, with beautiful views over Larne Lough and include a cottage garden, orchard, vegetable area and herb garden. The recently established cut flower field includes eight raised beds full of annuals and five large perennial beds all of which contain plants suitable for cut flower production. There are also several established perennial beds, a willow arch and a newly planted prairie border. Organically run, the gardens are full of a diverse range of wildlife including many different birds and insects, with several wildflower meadows and a small pond. The gardens are open 12pm-5pm on Wednesday to Sunday (April to September) for garden visits and they run courses and events throughout the year.

Opening Times

April- September Wednesday - Sundays      

Address

240 Middle Road, Islandmagee BT40 3TG

Contact Details

Cherry Townsend Tel: 07703 519 564 Website: www.kilcoangardens.com Email: cherry@kilcoangardens.com https://shapedbyseaandstone.com/index.php/attraction/kilcoan-gardens
THE RINKHA ICE CREAM PARLOUR,

THE RINKHA ICE CREAM PARLOUR

In 1921, Mr and Mrs. WJ Hawkins (Snr) owned a small general store in Islandmagee called The Gobbins Stores. It was here that the soon-to-be famous Rinkha home-made ice cream recipe was conceived. In those days wooden churns were used and turned by hand – and it was very hard work! WJ Snr was a progressive man and in 1935 he also decided to build a dancehall – an ambitious project in an area as sparsely populated as Islandmagee! Undeterred WJ Snr asked the local community to help name this new Islandmagee landmark and the choice was made when historian Dixon Donaldson suggested… ‘The Rinkha’ – an Irish interpretation meaning place of dance/place of mirth. Today the Rinkha remains a popular local, family-owned general shop, with ice cream parlour, café and toy store.

Opening Times

Spring/Summer Monday to Saturday 8am - 9pm (10pm from June) Sunday 9am - 9pm (10pm from June)

Autumn/Winter Monday to Saturday 8am - 8pm Sunday 9am - 8pm


Cost

N/A

Address

55 Middle Road, Islandmagee, Co. Antrim, BT40 3SW

Contact Details

Tel: +44 (0) 28 9335 3229 e:info@therinkha.com   https://shapedbyseaandstone.com/index.php/attraction/rinkha
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Booking is OPEN now

 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the decision has been made to close The Gobbins Cliff Path. There will be no further tours and the Visitor Centre will be closed from Friday 20 March 2020, until further notice.

At this time, the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is of paramount importance and this decision has been made in line with the UK Government and Public Health Agency guidance.

If you have booked a tour online, this will be refunded within the next 7 days. Please contact the Guest Relations team if you made an offline booking, or if you have any other queries:

E: info@thegobbinscliffpath.com
T: 028 9337 2318

We would like to thank all our followers for your support and we look forward to showcasing this amazing experience again in the future, once the situation improves.

For the very latest coronavirus advice, please follow the guidance from the UK Government: bit.ly/2wWU9Wq and Public Health Agency: bit.ly/2WgKzbv.

 



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