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Join hundreds of trekkers at Slemish this St Patrick’s Day!

Climbers pictured on Slemish mountain at last years’ much anticipated St Patrick’s Day event.
Climbers pictured on Slemish mountain at last years’ much anticipated event.

Slemish Mountain will welcome hundreds of visitors this St Patrick’s Day as the popular celebrations return to the area for the annual trek.


The traditional St Patrick’s Day climb of Slemish will take place on Friday 17 March - with a series of activities planned to make it a rewarding experience for all.


The hub of entertainment will take place at Slemish Car Park with performances from Portglenone Comhaltas Group (between 1pm - 2.30pm) performing traditional music and dance, with crafts and face painting for all your little ones.


Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Alderman Noel Williams, said:

“St Patrick’s Day at Slemish is one of the most popular and best attended public events within the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council area. It’s a great day out and has something for all the family – I hope you will join us then and fingers crossed for some Spring sunshine!”

A group of traditional Irish musicians pictured at the foot of Slemish mountain.
Entertainment will be taking place in the carpark at the foot of Slemish.


The one and a half kilometre walk at Slemish takes approximately one hour up and down and it is strongly advised that suitable clothing and strong footwear is worn. Sections of the short climb can be steep and slippery and might not be suitable for all. Don’t forget to pick up your climber’s certificate and medal, though supplies are limited.


There will be no parking at Slemish, Carnstroan Road or Carnstroan Lane, so a free park and ride service will operate from the former Michelin plant, Broughshane, just off the M2.


The shuttle bus to Slemish Mountain will run continually from 9am – 3:30pm stopping in Broughshane village, so nobody will miss out on visiting the award-winning village.


This event has been supported by The Executive Office through Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Good Relations Programme.


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