Channel Four Television
UK Village of the Year
broughshane, northern ireland
The Garden Village of Ulster
Nestled at the bottom of Mount Slemish in the heart of the Braid Valley lies the award winning village of Broughshane.
With a population of 2,500, Broughshane also known as the “Garden Village of Ulster” has won numerous awards, to include Channel Four's UK Village of the Year 2018, Ulster in Bloom, Britain in Bloom, the European Entente Florale and Nations in Bloom, amongst others.
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'The UK Village of the Year'?
Awarding Winning Village
Broughshane is known as the 'Garden Village of Ulster' with the motto 'People, Plants and Pride growing Together'.
The village has won Ulster in Bloom, Britain in Bloom and Entente Florale (Europe in Bloom). In 2007 and again in 2012 the village won 'Champion of Champions' award in the Britain in Bloom competition.
It has also won the All Ireland Tidy Town Award. Volunteers have established in the area around the village pond, a wildlife area which has some of every species of swan and many rare types of geese.
Most recently Broughshane was selected as a finalist
in Channel 4's 'UK Village of the Year'.
Judges travelled the length and breadth of The United Kingdom to find the ultimate village that ticked all the boxes. On Saturday 10th February the hard-working volunteers and village residents found out they had won 'UK Village of the Year 2018'. and £10,000.
Mount Slemish & the Legend of Saint Patrick
The Village of Broughshane can be found at the bottom of Slemish Mountain, home to the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. According to legend, following his capture and being brought to Ireland as a slave, Patrick as a young boy worked as a shepherd on Slemish Mountain.
Today visitors come and climb Slemish to take in the fresh mountain air and enjoy the marvelous panoramic views of the Braid Valley and Northern Ireland.
A Gateway to The Glens
Broughshane, one of the famous Gateways to the Glens' is situated in close proximity to the Nine Glens of Antrim. This famous, un-spoilt area of outstanding natural beauty radiates from the Antrim Plateau down to the coast. With the Glens stunning walks and waterfalls, it is no surprise that Broughshane has become the perfect base to stay and go exploring this remarkable tourist attraction.
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Archaeology and History
There is evidence that The Braid Valley has been inhabited since the Neolithic period.
A megalithic portal tomb in the townland of Ticloy was constructed around 5000 years ago. Neolithic stone axes and many flint tools and weapons have also been found in the Braid valley. The Braid Valley probably acted as a corridor, whereby early settlers made their way inland from the coast, were attracted by the good land and made the valley their home.
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Directions to Broughshane
The Village of Broughshane is easy to find... we're centrally located 40 minutes from Belfast and close to most major airports, sea-ports, railway station and just off the M2 motorway.
Belfast City Cente - 39 Miles / 63Kms
Belfast International Airport (BHS) - 31 Miles / 50Kms
George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD) - 34 Miles / 55Kms
Larne Harbour - 20 Miles / 32Kms
City of Derry Airport (LDY) - 50 Miles / 80Kms
Dublin Airport (DUB) - 128 Miles / 206Kms