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Larne is a mid-sized town located in Northern Ireland, very close to Scotland. Larne combines a rich history and culture with a large seaport, giving any visitor plenty to fill their day with.

History

Larne has a history dating thousands of years back-Larne’s seaport itself dates back over 1,000 years, and remains an important port for both passenger traffic and freight (visitors will find the remaining passenger traffic to be a benefit in planning trips to other locales in the UK or Europe). One aspect of Larne’s history that visitors interested in history will find fascinating is that Larne is considered to be one of the earliest inhabited areas of Ireland-in fact, artifacts have been dated as long ago as 6000 BC!

Larne’s story is still being written today, and in recent centuries has included impacts of the Irish Famine and the Troubles. Today, Larne is thriving, and due in part to this long and rich history, any history buff will have no trouble finding fascination in Larne. Those trying to trace their family tree may also be intrigued by Larne, since many Irish emigrating to America during the 18th century left through Larne’s port.

Sightseeing and Culture

Larne will impress any recreationalist or sightseer with its spectacular coastal views, including some created by ancient volcanic formations (which in turn, include glaciated valleys). Views include the famous (and celebrated in song) Mull of Kintyre, which is usually easily seen from Larne. Visitors to Larne will likely be easily taken in by the coast, and should not overlook several fantastic parks, a lighthouse (where if visitors are lucky, they might spot seals), and notably, the ruins of the 13th century Oldfleet Castle, located at Curran Point. As a coastal area, it makes sense that Larne boasts clean beaches with top water quality, and plenty of opportunities for camping, hiking, wildlife viewing, and even mountain biking.

Visitors to Larne can take advantage of quick ferry rides to Scotland-at minimum, taking only one hour, or can take a scenic drive along the Antrim Coast Road. Those looking to do more traveling can also easily access Belfast by car or by railway. Of course, Larne boasts plenty of its own cultural, historical, natural, and culinary activities such that visitors need not travel anywhere else, but those looking to travel more extensively should have no trouble doing so.