Difference between revisions of "County Antrim"
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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 a popular seaside resort and night-life area. It is one of Northern 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
Belfast International Airport is situated near the town of Antrim, and is convenient for exploring the region. Ferries from Scotland land at Larne.
Translink  operates the public transport system in Antrim.
By Private Tour Arrangement
Several Dublin based tour operators such as Kennedy & Carr Travel  offer chauffeur-driven tailor-made programmes to fit your requirements exactly. Such operators negotiate a trade discount on each tour component and sell them to you at regular published prices, as a complete holiday package. This means that you get a holiday at approximately the same price you would have received upon booking the components yourself. However, you’ll enjoy the added value of local insight, travelling with the support of Irish born guides who are expertly placed to advise on how to get the most out of every day and to facilitate your wishes as smoothly as possible.
Such arrangements are ideal for couples, families and small groups, senior travellers, visitors with special interests and groups. Typically you can expect a saloon car for 2 people, multi-person vehicle (MPV) for 4 people and a minibus or small coach for groups of 8 or more.
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.