The fact that Antrim is located just 18 miles from the centre of Belfast means that many of the people who visit every year look upon it as a quieter, more peaceful and, importantly, cheaper alternative to staying in the heart of the capital city itself. The fact that the clubs, pubs and restaurants of Belfast are just a short drive away, and that Antrim is well served by the two major Belfast airports, means that people from all over the world head there throughout the year.
The truth of the matter, however, is that Antrim has a lot to offer visitors in its own right. While being close to Belfast it is closer still to the wonders of the Irish landscape and the adventure sport facilities on offer throughout County Antrim. The waters of the vast Lough Neagh are literally minutes away and the wild Atlantic coast is within driving distance, so no matter what your idea of adrenalin-pumping fun is, Antrim is the perfect place to try to find it.
Accommodation in Antrim
The accommodation on offer in and around Antrim is varied and wide-ranging enough to offer the perfect place to stay no matter what kind of sporting activity you’re keen on exploring. You may need simply a hostel bed to crash into after a day spent exploring the country lanes on the back of a motorbike, a spa retreat within easy reach of a beautifully manicured golf course or a cosy guesthouse to warm up in after a few hours enjoying the chilly delights of the watersports on offer.
Adventure Sport Options Around Antrim
The type of accommodation you stay in when visiting Antrim, and the location of that accommodation, will depend, in large part, upon the particular sport or activity you’re keen on exploring. The area around the town itself is dotted with a selection of golf courses offering the perfect challenge no matter what your handicap is. Some of the courses, such as the Hilton Belfast Templepatrick Golf and Country Club offer luxury accommodation on site, while others, such as the Massereene Golf Club, take advantage of the proximity of natural attractions such as Lough Neagh. No matter where you choose to tee off, a hotel or guesthouse in the centre of Antrim will be just a short trip away from the course of your choice.
Water Activities Around Antrim
The imposing presence of the waters of Lough Neagh, the UK’s largest lake, means that water sports play a large part in the adventure to be found when staying in Antrim. The Antrim Boat Club is located on Randallstown Road, at the point where the waters of Six Mile Water River meet the body of the lough. Activities on offer here include windsurfing, sailing and motor cruising.
Canoeists are more than well catered for while staying in a hotel or guesthouse in Antrim. The Lough Neagh canoe trail makes it easy to explore the bays, inlets and historical sites around the shore of the lake, while the truly ambitious can try their hand at tackling at least some of the 36-mile Lower Bann canoe trail, which runs along the River Bann until it meets the Atlantic Ocean. The combination of tranquil sections and some faster-flowing water will leave you exhilarated but grateful to have a hotel bed to collapse into.