You will hear me talking a lot about hidden gems with a number of these attractions here in Northern Ireland. I say this because Watertop Farm is one of those very hidden gems. Away from all of the wrangling and political arguing, there is a huge community of business men that really are the ones that keep Northern Ireland going. That collection of business men are the farmers of Northern Ireland. Here at Watertop Farm nestled perfectly within the rolling Antrim countryside, you will discover exactly why these businesses are the backbone of the country. When I visited in the summer of 2013, I found this attraction to be excellent value for money. There are plenty of activities on offer and you can literally spend as little or as long as you like here. You can also pitch your tent or even bring your caravan here, making this an all round place to visit.
Watertop Farm is a hill farm in the Glens of Antrim. It began when our grandfather Dan bought the farm in 1919. The name Watertop was chosen for the farm as a part of the Carey river rises as a fresh water spring nearby. The farm is a sheep farm, and we keep about 500 sheep, and 30 cows. In 1986 we opened our farm to the public and became the first open farm in Ireland.Pony trekking began a lot earlier in 1969 and was part of the Loughareema Trekking Center. This was the basis of our open farm, which has since grown into an activity based attraction, as opposed to the traditional zoo-like open farms. We have a range of activities on the farm, all of which can be seen here on the website. As we are located in the beautiful Glens of Antrim, we have several scenic walks around the farm and its surrounding area. A trip on the Paddiwagon will take you up into the hills of the farm giving you great views of the area, all the way down into Ballycastle and beyond.Another part of the farm is the caravan and camping sites. We have a large area dedicated to people wishing to stay with us here in Watertop, and due to our location, we are an ideal place to base your holiday, allowing exploration of the north coast. More details of our caravanning and camping sites as well as how to book your stay can be found here on the site.If you do choose to visit us here at Watertop, we hope you enjoy your visit in this beautiful corner of Ireland.