- For other places with the same name, see Antrim (disambiguation).
County Antrim is a county in Northern Ireland. The Antrim coast is one of the most beautiful parts of Northern Ireland, with the Antrim Coast Road taking in some of the best scenery in the country.
The Glens of Antrim offer isolated rugged landscapes, the Giant's Causeway is one of the most striking landscapes on Earth and is a UNESCO World Heritage site, Bushmills produces legendary whiskey, and Portrush is where mostly farmers go to party, with most heading for a better night out in Belfast. It is one of Ireland's most fascinating counties. It is also home of the Ulster Grand Prix, set in the tiny village of Dundrod and is the world's fastest motorcycle racing circuit.
Antrim the county town is worth a visit with many historical locations and for the bargain hunters a large outlet centre and huge Saturday morning bootsale at dunsilly
Cities, towns and villages
- Carrickfergus with its Norman castle
- Portrush and Dunluce Castle
- Belfast International Airport is situated near the town of Antrim, and is convenient for exploring the region.
- George Best Belfast City Airport has flight from Heathrow, Brussels and Amsterdam as well as a number of small UK city airports.
- Ferries from Scotland land at Larne.
Translink operates the public transport system in Antrim. It has both Rail and Bus services
The main rail line is between Belfast, Antrim, Ballymena, Coleraine and Londonderry. There is a Belfast to Carrickfergus and Larne line and a Coleraine to Portrush.
The Glens of Antrim, known locally as simply The Glens, is a region of County Antrim. It comprises nine glens (valleys), that radiate from the Antrim Plateau to the coast. The Glens are an area of outstanding natural beauty and are a major tourist attraction in north Antrim. The main towns and villages in the Glens are Ballycastle, Cushendun, Cushendall, Waterfoot, Carnlough and Glenarm.
Standard Northern Irish fare, but if you're lucky enough to catch the Oul Lammas Fair in Ballycastle (held on the last Monday and Tuesday of August), be sure to try Yallow Man, a rock hard yellow sweet that is eaten with the aid of a hammer. Make sure your dental insurance is up to date first.
Bushmills Distillery, of course. You can take distillery tours, and you'll likely be more merry going out than when you went in. It's worth noting that at the end of each tour four people from the tour group (two women and two men) are asked to volunteer for a special whiskey tasting, where participants get to try nine different types of whiskey.
US visitors who are unaccustomed to driving on the left are well advised to shun the whiskey tasting. Buy some to take back to your hotel.
Stay sensible, don't wander around urban areas at night or make political statements in strange company, and you'll be just fine.