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.

Slemish

SLEMISH

Slemish Mountain, is situated 9 miles north east of Ballymena. This majestic mountain dominates the landscape in the Borough of Mid & East Antrim.

Slemish is said to be where the boy slave St Patrick tended herds for his master Miluic in the 5th century and ever since has been a place of pilgrimage on St Patrick’s Day, 17 March. Excellent views can be had of the Antrim and Scottish coast to the east. Ballymena Town, Lough Neagh and the Sperrin Mountains are all normally visable to the west whilst the Bann Valley and the higher summits of the Antrim Hills can be seen to the north. The 180 metre climb is steep and rocky. The path can become very slippery in wet weather so care should be taken. As the weather in Co Antrim can change very rapidly, please be equipped with good waterproofs and strong footwear. Facilities include a picnic area, public toilets, interpretation boards and a car park. Open all year with free access.

An information leaflet is available from Ballymena Visitor Information Centre, Tel 028 25635010.

Opening Times

Open All Year

Cost

Free

Address

Ballymena BT42

Contact Details

The Braid Ballymena Town Hall Museum & Arts Centre 1-29 Bridge Street Ballymena Co Antrim BT43 5EJ Tel: 030012450000 e:tic.reception@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

GOBBINS CLIFFS SEA TOURS WITH NORTH IRISH DIVER

Another way to See the Gobbins Cliffs & Cliff Path is onboard The Fast Passenger RIB “NORTH IRISH DIVER.” This 1 x Hour Trip from Ballylumford Harbour will whisk you at 30 Knots along the spectacular Islandmagee coastline past Portmuck Island to experience the Gobbins Cliffs & Cliff Path close up where you can wave to and photograph friends on the Path. These Boat Please see website for timings, bookings & prices. Debit/Credit Cards accepted. Boat spaces are limited and it is advised to pre-book your place in advance by:

Opening Times

For further details visit www.northirishlodge.com

Cost

For further details visit www.northirishlodge.com

Address

116b Low Road, Islandmagee.

Contact Details

Contact: Caroline Steele Telephone: 028 9338 2246 / 07595 351 638 Email: caroline.steele@btconnect.com Website: www.northirishlodge.com

NORTH IRISH DIVER RESORT

The Islandmagee area plays host to probably the best and most varied Shipwrecks & Dive Sites in Ireland. Visibility in the summer months would average around 10m and on a good day up to 15m – 20m. With wrecks dating back to 1781, Hunter Rock and the Maidens Rocks are the final resting places for lots of unfortunate ships of yesteryear. Almost all of the wrecks around the Islandmagee Coast and Belfast Lough lie in less than 30m of water and are accessible to most divers. Shipwrecks in the Belfast Lough area are much more intact due to their sheltered location. Some of the older ones are beginning to break up over the past few years uncovering new and interesting things to see.
If wreck diving is not for you there are some great drop offs & scenic-dives around the Maidens Rocks, or enjoy a leisurely drift dive along the Islandmagee Coast where you can see stunning Cuckoo Wrasse, Lobster, Crab & Scallops and many other sea creatures. All wreck diving can be hazardous and should only be carried out by properly trained divers.

Opening Times

For further details visit www.northirishlodge.com

Cost

For further details visit www.northirishlodge.com

Address

116b Low Road, Islandmagee.

Contact Details

Contact: Caroline Steele Telephone: 028 9338 2246 / 07595 351 638 Email: caroline.steele@btconnect.com Website: www.northirishlodge.com
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Booking Temporarily Closed

 

Welcome to The Gobbins….

The Gobbins Path is currently CLOSED until Spring 2018. However our visitor Centre is open daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm and the Café is open daily from 10.00am until 4.00pm.

Further updates on The Gobbins Path and its re-opening will be provided here and also on our social media sites.

Please contact us on 028 9337 2318 or email info@thegobbinscliffpath.com if you would like further details.

 


A spectacular location where you can truly escape everyday life and experience nature at its most elemental. During your amazing 2.5 hour fully guided walking tour you may even taste the sea salt on your lips, feel the Irish Sea wind, marvel at tales of local smugglers, witness the native sea birds and keep your eyes open for some dolphins swimming off the rugged coastline. The Gobbins experience will take you along a narrow path hugging the dramatic cliff face; across spectacular bridges amid the crashing waves of the North Channel; traversing hidden Tunnels under the Irish Sea; up and down rugged staircases carved into the cliff face and into caves that were once home to smugglers and privateers.

The Gobbins visitor centre is the start of your adventure and where you will meet your guide for your adventure, please remember to bring along your booking confirmation. The centre hosts a fabulous interactive exhibition telling the history of The Gobbins Path, its flora and fauna, and the story of how the path was reborn. Guests with young children or with reduced mobility are welcome to browse our gift shop, enjoy a coffee in The Gobbins Cafe, or enjoy the outdoor children’s play and picnic area. You may also avail of the free car parking located at the Visitor Centre. We understand that The Gobbins Path may not be suitable for everyone and details are contained on our booking page.

The Gobbins Path was masterminded by the Irish railway engineer, Berkley Dean Wise as an incredible tourist attraction. The path originally opened in 1902 and was later abandoned in the 1960’s until an investment of over £7.5 million brought about its rebirth in 2015.

 

The Gobbins Experience

The Gobbins Path is an arduous trek that is often narrow and uneven, accessed by a very steep pathway. Due to the nature of the rugged coastal location suitable outdoor clothing and walking boots or shoes are essential. Without exception, all guests must wear a safety helmet whilst experiencing The Gobbins. To enjoy The Gobbins a good level of fitness is needed. You must be fit enough to climb 50 flights of stairs and walk a very steep 1 in 5 gradient.



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