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Population: 289,541
Area: 2,844 sq km
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Positioned in the North East corner of Ireland, County Antrim is one of the six counties that form Northern Ireland sitting within the province of Ulster. Its key city is Belfast which provides a huge choice of modern attractions , but itís the towns and villages that are scattered across this rugged, wild and beautiful county that hold the most fascination and attraction for visitors, who come back time and time again to sample the very best of Irish hospitality. From The Glens in the North to Lough Neagh (the largest lake in Ireland) and the Bann Valley in the West, to the magnificent coast to the East, this is one county you will be glad to have left the city lights behind for.

The Glens of Antrim , comprise nine glens that stretch from Antrim Plateau to the coast and provide some of the wildest landscapes in the UK. Unsurprisingly, The Glens are registered as an area of outstanding natural beauty and for the keen hiker, it offers some great terrain for walking. The ruins of Layde Church, near Cushendall is worth looking for on the map as its one of the oldest and most important historical sites in The Glens, which is said to have begun life in the Iron Age . Also in The Glens lies Carnlough - home to the famous Londonderry Arms Hotel , formerly owned by Winston Churchill .

On the edge of the area you can find the Giantís Causeway - a UNESCO World Heritage site. This natural wonder is a jaw-dropping area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns resulting from a volcanic eruption. The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea. Legend has it that the Irish giant Finn McCool built the causeway to walk to Scotland to fight his Scottish counterpart Benandonner. Seriously - you havenít done County Antrim unless youíve seen it.

A brisk walk from the Causeway, youíll find the 'Old Bushmills' Distillery - the World's Oldest Licensed Whiskey Distillery. Bushmills have been making the finest Irish Malt Whiskey here for almost four hundred years. A little further along youíll find Portrush , and itís here that youíll find some attractions of a distinctly more modern variety. Portrush is reknowned for its great nighttlife, trendy bars and club venues.

Those looking for architectural heritage should make sure that the Castle of Carrickfergus is a stop off Ė itís the only one in the County in perfect preservation, and only those with a head for heights should visit Dunluce Castle , which is set right on the edge of a basalt outcrop with steep cliffs all around.

To the Western side is Bann Valley, which is a honey trap for cyclists , and Lough Neagh. Lough Neagh has been described as a huge fish factory. It is the biggest lake in the British Isles, covers 153 square miles and is home to the dollaghan, a unique species of lake trout. For the romantics amongst you, on the crest of a hill outside Dunadry stands the finest Bronze-age holestone in the British Isles where it's believed lovers in ancient times solemnised their marriages - and if that went well, they headed West into the hills for the famous Beaghmore Stone Circles which are popularly believed to have powers of fertility. Seems they had it all figured out in the Bronze Age.

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