Take the A2 from Larne to Whitehead, then turn left at the B90 to Islandmagee
Monday-Friday 7:45 to 9am and 4pm to 5pm if requested. Telephone (028) 2827 3785 or (028) 2827 4085. £2 per person, each way
Peninsula on the East Antrim coast with cottages, rolling fields, quiet villages and coastline – a microcosm of the Northern Ireland countryside.
Harbour on the northwest coastline with an ancient monastery, castle, picnic area and clifftop walks offering views across the Irish Sea.
Sandy beach and ideal starting point for walking to Skernaghan Point with spectacular views of the Antrim coast.
A visit to Islandmagee is a trip back to less rushed and stressful times. A peninsula on the East Antrim coast steeped in history with cottages, rolling fields, quiet villages and spectacular coastline, it is a microcosm of the Northern Ireland countryside.
The name 'Islandmagee' hails from the Gaelic 'Oileán MhicAodha' meaning 'MacAodha's island', the clan whose home was once at Portmuck, one of three stretches of coastline and countryside on the peninsula owned and managed by the National Trust.
Portmuck itself is a beautiful 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. Now it is a centre of leisure for the community and beyond, with a picnic area and clifftop walks offering views across the Irish Sea.
Keep a eye out for Kittiwakes, Guillemots and Razorbills around the wonderful 'pig-shaped' Isle of Muck nearby.
Further to the northeast, you'll find Brown's Bay, with its sandy beach is an ideal starting point for walking to Skernaghan Point with its spectacular views of the famous Antrim coast.