The Ardclinis Activity Centre, High Street, Cushendall, County Antrim (www.ardclinis.com; tel. 028/2177-1340), offers a range of year-round outdoor programs and courses, covering everything from rock climbing and mountain biking to windsurfing and rafting, for people age 14 and over.
The best time to fish in the North Antrim Glens is July to October, both for salmon and for sea trout. The rivers of choice are the Margy, Glenshesk, Carey, and Dun. For locally arranged game fishing, contact Gillaroo Angles, 7 Cooleen Park, Jordanstown, Newtownabbey, County Antrim (tel. 028/9086-2419). For info, tackle, and bait, try Red Bay Boats, Coast Road, Cushendall (tel. 028/2177-1331).
North Antrim has several notable courses, including champion pro golfer Darren Clarke’s home course, the Royal Portrush Golf Club, Dunluce Road, Portrush (www.royalportrushgolfclub.com; tel. 028/7082-2311). Royal Portrush has two links courses; its celebrated Dunluce Course has been ranked number 3 in the United Kingdom. Greens fees here range from £205 on summer weekends to a mere £70 November to March.
Watertop Farm Family Activity Centre, 188 Cushendall Rd., Ballycastle (www.watertopfarm.co.uk; tel. 028/2076-2576), offers pony trekking and other outdoor activities. In the Portrush area, contact Maddybenny Riding Centre, Loguestown Road, Portrush (www.maddybenny.com; [tel] 028/7082-3394); Maddybenny also has a good B&B (rooms run £80 for a double) and some self-catering cottages. In Castlerock you’ll find Hill Farm Riding and Trekking Centre, 47 Altikeeragh Rd. (www.hillfarmridingcentre.co.uk; [tel] 028/7084-8629). Fees are typically around £15 to £25 per hour-long ride.
A section of the Ulster Way, 560 miles (904km) of marked trail, follows the North Antrim Coast from Glenarm to Portstewart. The Moyle Way offers a spectacular inland detour from Ballycastle south for 26 miles (37km) to Glenariff Forest Park. Last, but far from least, the Causeway Coast Path stretches for 33 miles (47km) from Ballintoy Harbour in the east to Bushfoot Strand, near Bushmills, in the west. Short of sprouting wings, this is the best way to take in the full splendor of the North Antrim Coast. Comprehensive guides to each route, including downloadable maps of each stage, can be found on the excellent Northern Ireland walker’s website www.walkni.com.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.