LARNE may be known to most people as the gateway to Northern Ireland thanks to its historic sea links with Great Britain, but there is so much more that the borough has to offer.
From the idyllic beauty of Carnfunnock Country Park to the three award-winning beaches of Ballygally, Brown’s Bay and Carnlough, and from the majesty of the famous Antrim Coast Road to the serenity of Larne Lough, the borough offers breathtaking scenery for visitors to marvel at.
But there is a magnitude of reasons that make Larne a great place to live, not just visit.
A buzzing town centre with a plenthora of stores and eateries make it a wonderful place to shop all year round. Whether you are on the prowl for electrical goods at bargain prices, browsing for some fine art or a rare antique, or doing your weekly grocery shop at one of the many supermarkets, there is something for everyone.
And there is plenty of entertainment to be found in Larne as well, including a state of the art cinema, and a selection of bars offering live music on regular basis.
Those looking for something more active to fill their spare time can make use of the various sporting clubs and facilities in the borough.
Up the coast in Glenarm, boat enthusiasts will find a picturesque marina, while in Carnlough there is a thriving rowing community for those who want to make the most of the borough’s close proximity to the sea.
Larne also has some of the best performing schools in the province, not to mention a huge number of community and voluntary groups working tirelessly to make it an even better place to live.
So for those people looking for a new place to settle down, the borough of Larne has more than a few surprises in store.