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Larne town is one of the biggest and most industrial in the Causeway Coast and Glens region. The harbour is large and receives cargo and well as regular ferry services from Scotland and England making it a hub for incoming visitors.

North of Larne town are the Maidens, a small cluster of islets, upon who’s rocky underwater foundations many marine species can be found. South of Larne harbour and town lies the peninsula of Islandmagee, a rural area which is once again coming into the spotlight thanks to the reopening of the Gobbins Coastal Path. This path which weaves its way along the shore, was originally built and opened in 1902. The path, which had fallen into disrepair, was re- opened in the Summer of 2015 after a massive engineering effort which has seen bespoke bridges installed. The steep sided coast of Islandmagee is home to many breeding bird colonies including fulmars, puffins and kittiwakes. These impressive colonies can be seen by boat and some boat operators do provide sea safari tours in the area, which are very popular with naturalists.

Landscapes and wildlife of Gobbins and Larne

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Sponges

Dercitus bucklandi, Stryphnus ponderosus, Axinella infundibuliformis,Pachymatisma johnstonia…