Campsites in Antrim, Northern Ireland

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Campsites in County Antrim

Antrim

Campsites in Antrim, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Ballycastle

Campsites in Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Ballymoney

Campsites in Ballymoney, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Bushmills

Campsites in Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Cushendall

Campsites in Cushendall, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Cushendun

Campsites in Cushendun, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Larne

Campsites in Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Newtownabbey

Campsites in Newtownabbey, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Portballintrae

Campsites in Portballintrae, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Portrush

Campsites in Portrush, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

County Antrim

County Antrim (named after the town of Antrim) is one of six counties that form Northern Ireland, situated in the north-east of Ireland. Adjoined to the north-east shore of Lough Neagh, County Antrim covers an area of 3,046 square kilometres (1,176 sq mi) and has a population of about 618,000. It is one of six traditional counties of Northern Ireland and is within the historic province of Ulster.

The Glens of Antrim offer isolated rugged landscapes, the Giant's Causeway is a unique landscape and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bushmills is famous for obvious reasons, and Portrush is a popular seaside resort and night-life area. The majority of Belfast, the capital city of Northern Ireland, is in County Antrim, with the remainder being in County Down.

A large portion of Antrim is hilly, especially in the east, where the highest elevations are attained. The range runs north and south, and, following this direction, the highest points are Knocklayd 514 m (1,690 ft), Slieveanorra 508 m (1,670 ft), Trostan 550 m (1,800 ft), Slemish 437 m (1,430 ft), Agnew's Hill 474 m (1,560 ft) and Divis 478 m (1,570 ft).[6] The inland slope is gradual, but on the northern shore the range terminates in abrupt and almost perpendicular declivities, and here, consequently, some of the finest coast scenery in the world is found, widely differing, with its unbroken lines of cliffs, from the indented coast-line of the west. The most remarkable cliffs are those formed of perpendicular basaltic columns, extending for many miles, and most strikingly displayed in Fair Head and the celebrated Giant's Causeway. From the eastern coast the hills rise instantly but less abruptly, and the indentations are wider and deeper. On both coasts there are several resort towns, including Portrush (with well-known golf links), Portballintrae and Ballycastle; on the east Cushendun, Cushendall and Waterfoot on Red Bay, Carnlough and Glenarm, Larne on the Sea of Moyle, and Whitehead on Belfast Lough. All are somewhat exposed to the easterly winds prevalent in spring. The only island of size is the L-shaped Rathlin Island, off Ballycastle, 11 km (6.8 mi) in total length by 2 km (1.2 mi) maximum breadth, 7 km (4.3 mi) from the coast, and of similar basaltic and limestone formation to that of the mainland. It is partially arable, and supports a small population. Islandmagee is a peninsula separating Larne Lough from the North Channel.

The valleys of the Bann and Lagan, with the intervening shores of Lough Neagh, form the fertile lowlands. These two rivers, both rising in County Down, are the only ones of importance. The latter flows to Belfast Lough, the former drains Lough Neagh, which is fed by a number of smaller streams. The fisheries of the Bann and of Lough Neagh (especially for salmon and eels) are of value both commercially and to sportsmen, the small town of Toome, at the outflow of the river, being the centre. Immediately below this point lies Lough Beg, the "Small Lake", about 4.5 m (15 ft) lower than Lough Neagh.

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