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Bann Road, Kilrea, County Londonderry, BT51 5RZ
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Welcome to Portneal, on the outskirts of the historic town of Kilrea. 

The 18th Century Bann Bridge, with its beautifully proportioned arches, spans the River Bann and marks the boundary between Counties Londonderry and Antrim. The bridge was of significant strategic importance in the years following the Plantation of Ulster, when Kilrea and the surrounding townlands were granted for settlement to London’s Worshipful Company of Mercers by King James I. 

The bridge is adjacent to more than 4 acres of mixed woodland, planted by the Forest Service on silts dredged from the riverbed. The area is home to a rich biodiversity that includes ash trees, wood anemones and Daubenton's bats. 

Today, Portneal is a popular seasonal game and coarse fishing location with beautiful riverside walks offering superb views of the bridge and a pontoon for mooring boats.  

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Manor House, Rathlin IslandBuilt in the 18th Century, this listed Georgian Manor House nestles in the shelter of Church Bay, adjacent to the harbour at the heart of Rathlin Island.

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Bann Valley Fishery, BallymoneyBann Valley Trout Fishery offers quality brown and rainbow fishing in the most tranquil of settings. It is set in a quiet rural location between Ballymoney and Kilrea and is the ideal spot to get away from it all and enjoy some fly fishing.

Manor Golf Club, KilreaIt is among the group of shorter courses in Ireland but makes up for it with tight fairways. It has some tricky sloping greens and astutely placed bunkers, trees, and a small lake on the 6th hole.

Kilrea Golf Club, KilreaKilrea Golf Club was founded in 1919, and is situated a half mile to the south west of the town.

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forest service signage at Movanagher WoodKilrea to Movanagher Wood, Northern IrelandLinear walk (approx. 4.5 miles return) from the Diamond in the plantation town of Kilrea, to Movanagher Wood on the bank of the River Bann.

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