Yes, I know this should be in the Co. Antrim forum but the Ireland forum might reach more readers. I will also post in the Co. Antrim forum.
Last Sunday my husband and I drove up to Portglenone in Co. Antrim. Portglenone is about halfway between Magherafelt and Ballymena. We had heard about the stunning display of bluebells in Portglenone Forest and wanted to see this.
We took a rather roundabout route via Jonesborough and Portadown and along Lough Neagh to Antrim town. Along the way we stopped at Gosford Forest Park at Markethill on the A28 to let the dogs have a run. Lovely place! The dogs were very happy. The castle is being renovated at the moment and will surely be fantastic when the work is finished.
We got to Portglenone with about a million other visitors, all of them just wanting to see the bluebells. And my, was it worth the drive! Portglenone is an ancient woodland and there are millions and millions of bluebells flowering at the moment. You walk around and all you can see is bluebells, a blue haze all the way. It's a mouth-dropping experience. The weather played its part and there was dappled light coming through the trees highlighting the flowers. How absolutely amazing!
Note: Portglenone is not wheelchair-friendly. The paths go up and down.
We drove about 500 km in one day (not something I would advise on TA) just to see this amazing display of nature but it really was worth it.
Dinner in the "Hunterstown Inn" just outside Ardee on the N2 (has been renovated since our last visit) was just lovely.
If you have the chance to do this, please go. See the bluebells in Portglenone before they fade.