There’s spectacular views, an exceptional outdoor exercise opportunity and even some traditional entertainment on offer as hundreds trek up Slemish Mountain this St Patrick’s Day, Thursday 17 March 2016 where Saint Patrick reputedly tended sheep.
Following the huge success of the St Patrick’s Day event at Slemish in the past, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is once again providing a park and ride facility for ease of access. Each year numbers visiting have grown dramatically with expectation of up to 3,000 visitors to the site in 2016.
Raceview Mill, Broughshane will be the hub for the event, with storytelling, traditional music and children’s entertainment among the attractions laid for walkers on route to or returning from Slemish. This takes place between 12.30 and 3.30pm and visitors can also enjoy delicious traditional Irish fayre at the onsite cafe.
There are numerous ways to access the mountain. Visitors can park at, Raceview Mill itself, Buckna Presbyterian Church car park and Buckna Gospel Hall car park.
Park & Ride services will run continually from Raceview Mill, between 9.00am and 2.00pm and Buckna Car parks from 9.00am and 3.00pm.
For foot passengers a bus departs from ecos approximately every 30 minutes between 9.00am and 2.00pm for a connecting bus to Slemish.
Last coaches will return from Slemish from 4.00pm. There is a small charge for this service – adults £2.00, children £1.50 from Raceview Mill and adults £1.50, children £1.00 from Buckna. Children under five-years go free. Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.
Only disabled badge holders will be allowed to park at Slemish car park (limited parking) and no parking will be permitted along the Carnstroan Road or the Carnstroan Lane approach to the Mountain. General parking is otherwise only available at Raceview Mill and Buckna car parks and for anyone using the shuttle service.
The walk takes approximately one hour up and down, or more, depending on taking rest breaks. Suitable clothing and footwear are necessary to enjoy the best St Patrick’s experience.
For further information on this event, contact Ballymena Visitor Information Centre on 028 2563 5010/1.