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North Irish Lodge - Brennan's Barn


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161B Low Road, Islandmagee, Larne, County Antrim, BT40 3RF
North Irish Lodge - Brennan's Barn


Welcome to the multi-award winning, North Irish Lodge Holiday Cottages, situated along the beautiful east coast of County Antrim in Islandmagee.

Islandmagee is a small peninsula and was established from Mac Aodha (Magee) a prominent Irish family in the area. 

The North Irish Lodge is a balance of being a 30 minutes drive from Belfast City Centre and being at the start of the dramatic Causeway Coastal road. We are surrounded by rural countryside with westward facing spectacular sunsets over Larne Lough.

Our stone cottages are beautifully restored farm buildings from 1850, maintaining much of the rural charm.

The North Irish Lodge is made up of 3 specially named holiday cottages:

1. Brennan’ Barn: Sleeps 5 adults  / 1x double, 3 x single beds

2. Annie’s Croft: Sleeps 4 adults / 1 x double, 2x single, 1x cot

3. Leahy’s Loft: Sleeps 4 adults / 1x double, 2 x single 

The luxurious cottages are ideal for special family occasions and reunions and are suitable for guests with disabled needs. We are also a fantastic location for hosting wedding guest accommodation for Magheramorne Estate, Ballygally Castle, Hillmount House and Altahammond Barn Whitehead. 

Enjoy views of Scotland across the sea: in particular the Paps of Jura, Mull of Kintyre and the Ailsa Craig. Keep a look out for islands off the Irish coast - The Maiden’s and the Copeland Islands too.

The North Irish Lodge is a family business and was bought by The Brennan’s, a local farming family, in July 2022.

The Brennan family have lived in Islandmagee for over a century and would love for you to enjoy their local area.


Thank you for booking with us,

       The Brennan Family



Please find the following awaiting for you in your cottage:

1. A welcome pack including tea, coffee, milk, butter and bread

2. Open Fire: A fire lighting welcome bundle: coal and sticks

3. Electricity and oil heating included in the price of stay

4. Complimentary Wifi: superfast fibre broadband 

5. Free parking facilities

6. Self – catering facilities: microwave, toaster, kettle, small oven

7. In – house laundry service

8. Larne Lough View: look across to the famous Game of Thrones, “White Wall” film site at Magheramorne Quarry

9. A smart TV in the living room

10. Disable friendly facilities

11. West Facing with a Picnic Table / BBQ area located at the front of the cottagesideal for watching the sunset over Larne Lough and the Glens of Antrim


Local Attractions:

Within this pack we have included a list of tourist attractions that are on your doorstep!

Whitehead is a 5 minute drive and nestles between two headlands: one Basalt (Blackhead), the other formerly Limestone, from which Whitehead got its name.

1. The Gobbin’s famous Cliff Path *Book tours online or at the Visitor’s Centre

2. The Gobbin’s Centre Café and Children’s play park

3. Gobbin’s Craft: jewellery manufacturing workshop

4. Brown’s Bay Beach with views of The Maiden’s Lighthouse

5. Portmuck Harbour and Muck Island

6. The famous homemade Rhinka Ice-cream parlour / Toy shop. Serving the community for over 70years and previously a dance hall.

7. Whitehead Victorian Steam Railway and museum / Afternoon tea

8. McKee’s Bakery Whitehead: fresh soda and potato bread for a traditional Irish breakfast fry-up

9. The Bank House, Whitehead: Lighthouse Yarns host workshops

10. Audrey Kyle local Artist, Art Studio, The Gobbin’s Road

11. Kilcoan Gardens, Islandmagee

12. Whitehead Promenade and Blackhead Lighthouse Walk

13. Maud’s ice cream Café: Whitehead

14. Carrickfergus Castle and Promenade

15. Carrickfergus Gas Works

16. Golf Courses: Larne and Whitehead

17. Multiple E – bike tours:

Whitehead and Blackhead Tours, Portmuck and Gobbins Tour, Brown’s Bay and Mill Bay Tour and Ballycarry and Gleno Tour

18. Multiple equestrian centres located on Islandmagee and local Blacksmiths

19. Stand up Paddle (SUP) board Tours: Islandmagee and Whitehead 

20. Gleno Waterfalls

21. Carnfunnock Country Park

22. Bird Watching over Larne Lough

23. Fishing spots:  Skernaghan’s Point and many others

24. Murder Mystery Events

25. Famous Antrim Causeway Coast 

26. Boat Tours: Glenarm and Carnlough

27. Glenarriff Forest Park and Waterfall

28. Glenarm Castle and Gardens

29. Glenarm Forest River Walk (Please ask for directions)

30. Whiskey Tour: Arkle Bar Carnlough

31. Steenson’s Jewellers Glenarm:  family run goldsmiths with handcrafted distinctive jewellery

Please visit for further details.



  • Toilets for disabled visitors


  • Cooking / bbq facilities for guests use
  • Local Produce

Children & Infants

  • Accept children (Minimum age)
  • Cot & Highchair Available

Establishment Features

  • Central heating throughout
  • Event venue
  • Gift vouchers
  • Groups accepted
  • Groups catered for
  • Hairdryers
  • Ironing facilities
  • Laundry Service
  • Linen provided
  • Private Garden
  • Real log/coal fires
  • Showers
  • Spaces for motor caravans
  • Spaces for tents
  • Toilets
  • Towels available
  • Washing & Drying facilities on site

Leisure Facilities

  • Access to golf course - Whitehead and Larne Golf Course within 5 miles radius
  • Arrangements for riding/pony trekking
  • Fishing
  • Spa bath - Hot tub available on request
  • Television in lounge/TV room - Smart TV in living room
  • Wifi - Superfast fibre broadband

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free)
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted
  • Deposit Reqired
  • Euros accepted
  • Midweek breaks
  • Short breaks available
  • Weekend breaks

Provider Preferences

  • Coastal
  • Country house
  • In countryside
  • Non smoking establishment

Room / Unit Features

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer in all units
  • Ground floor bedrooms available
  • Hairdryer Available
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Microwave
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Tumble Dryer
  • TV - Smart TV in living room
  • Washing Machine

Specialist Features

  • Activity breaks
  • Disabled access rooms

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