Bushmills Whiskey

A number of countries compete today to win the allegiance of the world’s whiskey drinkers. A small number of them claim a long tradition, but none of them can equal that of the Irish whiskey made in Bushmills. The story of ‘Old Bushmills’ began on April 20th, 1608, when Sir Thomas Phillips, a local businessman,...

Lord Kelvin

Lord Kelvin, the world is indebted to him. How many people entering Botanic Gardens pause to think of the eminent and worthy son of Belfast? Whose statue adorns the entrance? If Belfast was not the home of his maturity it certainly was the home of his youth for here he was born on June 26th,...

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Europe’s oldest suspension bridge. It is well signposted just 3 miles north-east of Ballintoy and a few miles down the causeway coast from its famous neighbour tourist attraction ‘The Giant’s Causeway’. Up until a few years ago, the approach to the famed rope bridge was by way of a very steep hill, slippery when descending, but...

Arboe, the High Cross and the Wishing Tree

              In the middle of the graveyard at Arboe [The height of the Cow] on the western shores of Lough Neagh, the second largest body of water in Europe,  stands the scant remains of the monastic settlement founded by St.Colman Macaide over 1400 years ago. In his treatise ‘the...