Deriving from the Irish name of the town Aontraim, meaning 'lone ridge', County Antrim is one of the most scenic places in Northern Ireland. Famous for its stunning coastline, popular whiskey and friendly people, this county is an excellent destination for a short holiday. With a population of around 615,000, Antrim is the most populated region of the six counties in Northern Ireland. It's home to the capital city Belfast, a cultural and creative hub with a rich heritage. Other busy towns in County Antrim include the stunning seaside town of Portrush, the historic Antrim Town and the charming village of Larne.
There are so many fun things to do in County Antrim. One of the most popular natural beauty spots is the Giant’s Causeway, not too far from Belfast. This unique hexagonal rock formation along Antrim’s coast has fascinating ties to geology as well as Irish mythology, and it makes for a gorgeous photo opportunity. Other scenic areas include the Nine Glens of Antrim, a culmination of beautiful rolling valleys with stunning views of the land, the Dark Hedges, a long stretch of road decorated with gnarled, interweaving trees, and Downhill Demesne, a stunning clifftop meadow with a medieval temple, mysterious ruins and gorgeous views of the sea below.
Along with the magical natural landscape, Antrim is well known for its food and drink. It's home to the internationally acclaimed Bushmills Whiskey Factory, open to the public for a tasting tour. For a taste of the local cuisine, each town tends to have local markets that sell homemade wares, made from only the best fresh produce. Whether you have a sweet tooth or a savoury palate, there's something available to suit everyone’s tastes.