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Ghosts in the Glens Storytelling Festival 19-22 October 2017

Antrim Glens Tourism is hosting for the fifth year a 4-day community storytelling festival celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the Glens of Antrim. The festival will include storytellers and musicians from both within and outside the local area and will comprise a programme of events, performances and sessions designed to appeal to children, young people and adults of all ages, cultural backgrounds and interests.

The Festival will take place in a range of different community locations including Cushendall, Cushendun, Glenariffe, Ballycastle and Rathlin Island.

The programme includes walks, children’s craft sessions and storytelling workshops to enhance the skills of adults and children. See http://www.ghostsintheglens.com for full details about the programme and the performers.

AGT Meeting: Watertop Farm

Date: Thursday 28 September 6.30pm

Venue: Watertop Farm


6.30pm:  Tour of Watertop Farm

7.00pm:  Refreshments & Networking

7.15pm:  Meeting

8.45pm:  Meeting closes

Location: Watertop Farm is situated on the Cushendall road (A2) halfway between Cushendun and Ballycastle.  Click here for a map and directions.

Fairhead Trails Walk

Saturday 30 September  10.30am-12.30pm

Come and join us on a fun walk to experience the fabulous Fairhead Trails and the stunning scenery around our coastline.  This is a purely social outing for Antrim Glens Tourism members, supporters, friends and families – all are welcome but please notes that this walk is not suitable for young children as the cliff paths are not fenced in.

Tour guide Kevin McGowan, Nine Glens Walking Tours , has kindly to lead this circular walk which will last approximately 1 hour 45 mins.  We’ll be on some of the highest sea cliffs in the North of Ireland, with spectacular views of Rathlin, the Mull of Kintyre and the Western Isles of Scotland. The walk will be approximately 1.5 km on rocky terrain. There are some paths and we’ll be walking through 1500 years of history, legend, and folklore.

What to bring:  Waterproof jacket and sturdy walking boots. Sorry – no dogs allowed as the route traverses local farming land.

Meet at: Fairhead Car Park at 10.30am. Click here for info about Fairhead and directions to the car park.



Meeting: Speed-Networking

Date: Monday 19 June (please note date change from Weds 21 June)

Venue: Gracehill House, Dark Hedges Estate, Stranocum

  • Lunch: 12.30 – 1.30pm
  • Tour of Dark Hedges Estate:  1.30pm – 2.00pm
  • AGT Workshop: 2.00pm – 4.00pm

This will be an opportunity to find out what other providers offer and identify potential partners you can work with to develop itineraries and packages to help attract more visitors/customers.

If you have time, join us for lunch beforehand and a tour of the new Dark Hedges Estate including Gracehill House and the Hedges Hotel.

Address:  Gracehill House  141 Ballinea Road, Stranocum, Ballymoney BT53 8PX


Glens & Gobbins Cluster Group: Carnlough Industrial Heritage Hub Destination Workshop

Date: Wednesday 24 May 2017

Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm  Carnlough Industrial Heritage Hub Project Workshop including free hot finger buffet lunch

Time: 1.30 – 2.30pm Glens and Gobbins Cluster Meeting

Venue: Carnlough Town Hall/Heritage Centre

This is a dual Cluster Group consultation workshop to present the Carnlough Industrial Hub project to develop a visitor orientation space in the refurbished mid-19th Century Town Hall building in Carnlough.  The project aims to interpret the significant industrial heritage along the Causeway coastline of the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council area and the wider Glens of Antrim. The hub will also promote and support other heritage initiatives and offerings in the village and in the surrounding Glens.

After lunch, there will be a joint Glens and Gobbins Cluster meeting to explore how we can all work together to better promote The Causeway Coastal Route.

For catering purposes, please let Fern Major know if you wish to attend at: info@antrimglenstourism.com


Meeting: European Travel Package Regulations

 Date: Tuesday 16 May 7.30pm  Venue: Sheans Horse Farm, Armoy

Bundling versus Packaging? With a ‘bundle’, complementary products are sold separately. The definition of a ‘package’ is any service which:

  • is pre-arranged
  • is on offer or for sale at an inclusive price
  • covers a period of at least 24 hours, or includes overnight accommodation
  • includes at least 2 of the following: transport, accommodation and other related services.

The aim of this workshop is to clarify the implications of the regulations regarding selling ‘packaged’ tours and holidays and the 3 options open to tourism providers to ensure compliance with the European Package Regulations – namely, bonding, insurance or membership of one of the travel operators’ associations.

Address: Sheans Horse Farm , 38 Coolkeeran Road, Armoy, Ballymoney BT53 8XL     Map

Meeting & Ronan’s Way Walk

Sunday 23rd April, 11.00am.

MEET AT:  McBride’s Bar, Cushendun.

This will be a networking and activity-based meeting combining the opportunity to discover some of  Cushendun’s main attractions and enjoy a short hike along a section of Ronan’s Way. The meeting is kindly being hosted by  McBride’s Bar which is full of character, history and stories and also home to both the 8th Game of Thrones Door  and the popular seafood bistro upstairs The Little Black Door. Here’s the schedule for the day:

11.00am – Antrim Glens Tourism meeting: upstairs in The Little Black Door Restaurant

12.30pm – Lunch: Soup and wheaten bread (pay on the day)

1.00pm – Ronan’s Way guided walk  led by Eamon Robbin, GlenHaven Holidays

Please Note:

  • The guided walk will follow the Yellow route (2km) which involves ascending some hilly parts. This will take around an hour.
  • Anyone interested in a longer walk can continue on along the Blue Loop (3.7km) or Red Loop (5.5km)
  • Robust footwear (ie walking boots) and waterproof clothing required.

There’ll be plenty of time after the walk to have a look round the village, check out the Red Squirrel Playground at Glenmona House and pop in to The Corner House cafe for afternoon tea.

Meet the Buyer

Monday 27 March 9.30am, Titanic Belfast.

The Meet the Buyer event incorporates both a business and social event.

This is an annual trade fair for tourism providers to meet with travel agents from around the world. It is a major opportunity to showcase what we have to offer to a select, focused audience and, in so doing, increase our share of the lucrative tourism market in Northern Ireland. Antrim Glens Tourism is represented at the event by Mary O’Driscoll (Chair) and Alex McKillop.

Monday 27th March
Business Workshop
Belfast Waterfront Conference & Exhibition Centre, Belfast
8.00am – 4.00pm

Networking Dinner
Titanic Belfast
7.00pm – 10.30pm

Antrim Glens Tourism Meeting

Thursday 23 March 7.30-9.00pm

MEET AT GlenHaven Holiday Accommodation, Glen Road, Glenariffe.


Antrim Glens Tourism meetings are open to all tourism providers across the nine Glens of Antrim and surrounding Gateway to the Glens areas. Everyone is welcome – members and non-members alike of all tourism groups across the region.

Our aim is to provide a forum and support network to:

  • help promote the Glens of Antrim as a key experience location along the Causeway Coastal Route
  • maximise our individual and collective product and business potential.

Glens Cluster Meeting

Wednesday 8 March 11.30am-2.30pm, Whitehead Train Museum