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IFTN LOCATIONS GUIDE - ANTRIM

TRAVEL INFORMATION
Belfast is 167km from Dublin, 424km from Cork, 306km from Galway, 346km from Shannon Airport and 330km from Rosslare Harbour. Iarnrod Eireann and Bus Eireann provide regular rail and bus services to Belfast from the south. Take the N1 from Dublin which merges with the A1 across the border. Belfast International Airport is located 30 km from the city centre.
GENERAL INFORMATION
The county of Antrim boasts a spectacular coastline, including the north’s most famous geographical feature, the Giant’s Causeway. The capital city of Northern Ireland, Belfast, is located in Antrim. Its closeness to Scotland has influenced much of the history of the area.
IFTN LOCATIONS GUIDE
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 TRANSPORT

Bus
Long distance buses arrive in Belfast at Great Victoria Street Bus Station or Oxford Street Bus Station.
Ulsterbus (Belfast) 01 232 333000
Citybus 01 232 246485

Rail
Trains arrive in Belfast from Dublin, Bangor, Portrush, Portadown, Derry and Larne Harbour.
Iarnrod Eireann (01-836 6222) operate from Dublin to Belfast daily.
N.I. Railways 01232 899411

Sea
The Sea Cat provides the fastest crossing to Northern Ireland from Stranrear in Scotland to Belfast, sailing 5 times a day and taking 90 minutes. A Liverpool to Belfast service runs every second day with Norse Irish Ferries. Stena Sealink and P&O Ferries operate ferries to Larne from Stranrear and Cairnryan, taking up to 140 minutes and sailing 10 to 15 times daily.

Norse Irish Ferries

01 232 779090

Larne Harbour Travel Centre

01 574 270517

Stena Sealink

01 233 647047

Airports
Belfast International Airport is located 30 km from the city centre.There are hourly flights to Belfast from London, with some regional British cities also being served. There is a daily KLM flight from Amsterdam and an American Trans Air flight from New York once a week.01 849 422888

Belfast City Airport caters for smaller aircraft and is conveniently located close to Belfast city centre. It provides flights mainly to and from Britain. 01 232 457745

Car Rental Agencies

Alamo

Belfast

0800 272300

Avis

Belfast

01232 240404

Budget

Belfast

01232 230700

Euro Dollar

Belfast

01895 233300

Europcar

Belfast

01232 450904

Hertz

Belfast

01232 73245

McCausland Car Hire

Belfast

01232 333777

Ballymena Car Hire

Ballymena

01266 630077

Carrick Self Drive

Carrickfergus

01960 351113

Ballyclare Car Hire

Ballyclare

01960 352557

Carriageway Cars

Belfast

0800 214571

Delta Hire

Ballymena

01266 659136

Garryduff Car & Van Hire

Ballymoney

01265667170

Ford Rent-a-Car

Belfast

01232 654687

Taxi Companies

Albert’s Taxis

Lisburn

01846 671514

Amber Taxis

Belfast

01232 460111

Aldergrove Taxis

Crumlin

01849 671514

Antrim Area Taxis

 

01849 466999

B.S. Taxis

Ballymena

01266 40004

Belmont Cabs

Belfast

01232 653333

Central Cabs

Belfast

01232 802070

Fastaxis

Belfast

01232 458011

Jock’s Cabs

Belfast

01232 863333

Lisburn Central Taxis

 

01846 664445

Value Cabs

Belfast

01232 230000

Aircraft Hire

Executive Air Charter

Belfast International Airport

01849 422478

Eurojet Aviation

Belfast International Airport

0990 359352

Heli-Trans Ltd

Belfast City Airport

01232 739944

Helicopter Hire Ltd

Belfast International Airport

01849 453663

 ACCOMMODATION

Hotels

Wellington Park Hotel

21 Malone Rd , Belfast

01232 381111

Europa Hotel

Great Victoria St, Belfast

01232 327000

Dukes Hotel

65-67 University St , Belfast

01232 236666

Malone Lodge Hotel

60 Eglantine Av, Belfast

01232 382409

Stormont Hotel

587 Newtownards Rd , Belfast

01232 658621

Londonderry Arms Hotel

Carnlough

01574 885255

Ballygally Castle

274 Coast Rd , Ballygally

01574 583212

Galgorm Manor

Ballymena

01266 880080

Coast Road Hotel

28 Scotch Quarter, Carrickfergus

01960 351021

Eglinton Hotel

49 Eglinton St , Portrush

01265 822371

Curran Court Hotel

84-86 Curran Rd , Larne

01574 275505

Flat Rental Agencies

Homefinders

3 Botanic Ave, Belfast

01232 236600

City Property Services

38 Ormeau Rd , Belfast

01232 434488

Flat Rentals Ltd

8 Lower Crescent , Belfast

01232 247258

Flats and Services

110 Eglantine Ave , Belfast

01232 662797

Charterhouse Property Management

Belfast

01232 249659

Office Rental Agencies

A1 Accomodation Address

79 University Ave , Belfast

01232 323334

Elmwood Business Centre

44 Elmwood Ave , Belfast

01232 664941

McDowall House Business Centre

Belfast

01232 220442

Montrim House

105 University St , Belfast

01232 586606

Tetra Enterprises

39 Corporation St , Belfast

01232 323660

GOVERNMENT OFFICES

A1 Accomodation Address

79 University Ave , Belfast

01232 323334

Elmwood Business Centre

44 Elmwood Ave , Belfast

01232 664941

McDowall House Business Centre

Belfast

01232 220442

Montrim House

105 University St , Belfast

01232 586606

Tetra Enterprises

39 Corporation St , Belfast

01232 323660

KEY LOCATIONS

 RURAL

Glens of Antrim
Formed by the valleys of nine rivers, this area is one of the most beautiful areas in the North. Glenariff Forest Park has trails through woodland, gorges and past waterfalls. At the foot of Glenarrif is Red Bay.


Carnfunnock Country Park
Carnfunnock park offers some lovely gardens for walking and a maze in the shape of Northern Ireland.

 COASTAL

Antrim Coast Road
This spectacular scenic road, constructed in the 1830’s stretches from Larne to Cushendall. The Ulster Way is a popular walking trail along the coast.

Giant’s Causeway
A World Heritage Site and probably Northern Ireland’s most recognisable geographical treasure. Approximately 37,000 basalt columns reach out towards the sea in this geographical phenomenon, formed 60 million years ago.

Carrick-a-Rede Ropebridge
Perched 80ft above the sea, this bridge made of planks and wire is a popular tourist attraction.

Sheep Island
Located just off the Causeway coast, Sheep Island is a cormorant colony. Boat trips are available in the area.

Rathlin Island
Accessible from Ballycastle, Rathlin is shaped like an “L” and its inhabitants lead a simple, fishing and farming, lifestyle. Its cliffs attract a wide variety of birdlife. The white limestone and black basalt of the island prove to be an amazing sight.

Fair Head
Close to Ballycastle, this clifftop area provides spectacular views of Rathlin Island.

Torr Head
This is the closest point on the mainland to Scotland. Great views of the sea and the Scottish coast are available from the headland.

Copeland Island
Two miles north of Donaghdee and accessible from the town, the largest of the Copeland islands contains the ruins of a chapel. It has a small population.

Skerry Islands
One mile north of Portrush the Skerry Islands consist of six islets which are popular for fishing and bathing.

Islandmagee
A seven by two mile peninsula of basalt cliffs, situated at Lough Larne.

Lough Neagh
Situated between the counties of Derry, Tyrone, Antrim and Armagh, Lough Neagh is the largest lake in the British Isles covering 400 sq km. Myth has it that the lake was formed when Fionn Mac Cumhaill picked up a sod of earth and threw it into the Irish Sea, forming the Isle of Man.

Murlough Bay
The most beautiful bay along the coast with crashing cliffs and calming meadows.

Beaches
There are fine beaches at Carnlough, Whitepark Bay, Cushendun, Ballygally,along with the popular resort of Portrush .

 HISTORICAL

St. Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast.
The interior of this Neo-Romanesque cathedral contains dazzling mosaics and the tomb of Lord Carson.


City Hall, Belfast.
A domed, late Victorian, building containing lavish interiors including the hand-carved oak-panelled council chamber. It is made of Portland stone in the style of the British Empire.


Grand Opera House, Belfast.
With its exotic and opulent interior, the opera house is a must-see. It includes eastern deities and elephant heads within an oriental theme.


Dunluce Castle
Positioned on the edge of the coastline cliff, this roofless 13th century castle was the fort of the chiefs of Antrim, the McDonnells.


Carrickfergus Castle
This massive 12th century Norman castle is the best preserved of its kind on the Island. It is a spectacular sight, containing fascinating exhibits, and overlooks the harbour.


Dunseverick Castle
At one stage the capital of the joint kingdom of Scotland and Antrim, Dunseverick Castle now lies in ruins.


Belfast Castle
A Scottish Baronial Castle located at Cave Hill. It also has garden walks.


Holestone, Doagh
A 5ft standing stone that attracts couples who prove their love by holding hands through a hole in its middle.

 INTERIORS

Crown Liquor Saloon, Belfast.
The Crown Liquor Saloon is owned by the National Trust. The Victorian interior features mosaics, stained glass, marble-work and a long bar.

 URBAN

Belfast City
This industrial city grew up around the River Lagan and Belfast Lough. More than a quarter of the North’s population live in the capital, which spreads out from its centre at Donegal Square. It is surrounded by hills and boasts amazing architecture including the Grand Opera House, St. Anne’s Cathedral, City Hall and the modern Waterfront Hall. The Parliament House of Stormount lies 8km from the centre. Around the Queen’s University area are the Botanic Gardens and the Ulster Museum.


Bushmills
This town is most famous for its distinctive whiskey, Old Bushmills, made from a blend of a single grain and a single malt. The distillery provides an interesting tour.


Ballycastle
A pleasant harbour town, Ballycastle plays host to the Oul Lammas Fair each August, when horses and ponies are traded. The Glenshesk River runs down from the Knocklayde Mountains to the sea at Ballycastle. The ruins of Bonamargy Friary are located just outside the town.


Cushendall
This town has been christened the “Capital of the Glens”, as it is located at the meeting of three glens. Its sights include the red sandstone Curfew Tower and Layde Old Church founded by the Franciscans in 1306.


Portrush
This is a popular resort town with three fine beaches. There is a geographical nature reserve here noted for fossils. Surfing and water-sports are popular in the area.


Larne
Larne is the busiest port in Northern Ireland, taking most of its entrants from Scotland. The Scottish coast is often visible from the promenade. The ruined 16th century Older fleet Castle is situated in the harbour.The town is the starting point for the Antrim Coast Road.


Carrickfergus
This seaside town is most noted for its spectacular castle overlooking the harbour. It also holds an annual medieval festival, Lughnasa.

TOURIST OFFICES

Antrim

01 849 428331

Ballycastle

01 2657 62024

Carrickfergus

01 960 366455

Larne

01 574 260088

Giant's Causeway

01 2657 31855

Hillsborough

01 846 689717

Lisburn

01 846 660038

Portrush

01 265 823333

GARDAI/POLICE

Royal Ulster Constabulary, 65 Knock Rd, Belfast.

01232 650222

Royal Ulster Constabulary, Antrim

01849 463555

Royal Ulster Constabulary, Larne

01574 272266

Royal Ulster Constabulary, Lisburn

01846 665212

Royal Ulster Constabulary, Ballymena

01266 653355

HOSPITALS

Belfast City Hospital , Lisburn Rd, Belfast City.

01232 329241

Royal Victoria Hospital , Grosvenor Rd, Belfast.

01232 240503

Antrim Hospital , Bush Road, Antrim BT41 2RL

01849 424000

Lagan Valley Hospital , 39 Hillsborough Rd,Lisburn.

01846 665141

Mater Hospital , 45-51 Crumlin Rd, Belfast.

01232 741211

The Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, Belfast.

01232 484511

UTILITIES

ESB - Electricity Supply Board

Antrim

Northern Ireland Electricity

0345 643643

Waste Disposal

AM Industrial Services

12 Brunswick St , Belfast .

01232 278444

Cleanaway Ltd

110 Duncrue St , Belfast

01232 747341

Irish Waste Services

116 Duncrue St , Belfast .

01232746327

Taylor Skip Hire

146 Belfast Rd , Muckamore, Antrim

01849 428844

Rent-a-Skip

Doury Rd , Ballymena

01266 656972

Ulster Waste Ltd

Upper Dunmurray Lane, Belfast.

01846 677710



FILMOGRAPHY - ANTRIM
 Film Name  Director  Year
-  A Child's Voice  Kieran Hickey  1978
-  A Love Divided  Sydney MaCartney  1998
-  Acceptable Levels  John Davies  1983
-  An Unfortunate Friday The 13th Part 4    2012
-  Belfast Building  Declan McGrath  1997
-  Best: His Mother's Son  Colin Barr  2009
-  City of Ember  Gil Kenan  2008
-  Clash of the Celtic Giants  David Malone  2002
-  Dah Dit Dah  Nigel Bristow  1996
-  Daughters of the Troubles  Marcia Rock  1996
-  Divorcing Jack  David Caffrey  1997
-  Dracula Untold  Gary Shore  2014
-  Fortune's Fool  James Kelly  1998
-  Game of Thrones  Brian Kirk  2011
-  Game of Thrones S06    2016
-  Game of Thrones S6  Miguel Sapochnik  2016
-  Game of Thrones Season 2  Alex Graves  2012
-  Game of Thrones Season 3  Alex Graves  2013
-  Grabbers  Jon Wright  2012
-  Hidden Agenda  Ken Loach  1990
-  Hunger  Steve McQueen  2008
-  Irish and Proud of It  Donovan Pedelty  1936
-  Jumpers  Konrad Jay  1997
-  Kings  Tom Collins  2007
-  Line of Duty S03  Michael Keillor  2016
-  Maeve  Pat Murphy  1981
-  Man About Dog  Paddy Breathnach  2004
-  My Knight  Miriam Haughton  2005
-  Puckoon  Terry Ryan  2001
-  Puddy Cat  Brendan Byrne  1995
-  Race, The  André Nebe  2009
-  Saoirse  Brendan J.Byrne  1998
-  Scapegoat  Michael McDowell  2009
-  Seacht (Series 1)  Robert Quinn  2008
-  Silicone Valerie  John Simpson  1997
-  Some Mother's Son  Terry George  1996
-  That Highland Thing  Robert Corkey  2004
-  The Cake  Jo Neylin  1995
-  The Dig  Andy Tohill  2018
-  The Fall Season 3  Allan Cubitt  2016
-  The Flight of the Doves  Ralph Nelson  1971
-  The High Reel    2001
-  The Secret S01  Nick Murphy  2016
-  The Survivalist  Stephen Fingleton  2014
-  The Visit  Orla Walsh  1992
-  This is the Sea  Mary McGuckian  1996
-  Us Boys  Lionel Mill  1999
-  Waveriders  Joel Conroy  2008
-  Waveriders  Joel Conroy  2008
-  Your Highness  David Gordon Green  2011




 
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