Stay at Ballyeamon Barn
Come in, come in, you’re very welcome!
When you stay with us at Ballyeamon Barn you will experience a real Irish welcome at the door and throughout your stay. Put us at the top of your wander list as you explore the Glens of Antrim, the cultural heart of the Causeway Coastal Route.
A place to find your story!
This is a hostel with a difference. Ballyeamon Barn has its own “session house” where visitors have the chance to meet local musicians and singers during regular sessions of storytelling and music, free and open to all.
Owner Liz Weir hosts groups of visitors who want to experience the “real” Northern Ireland, meet the locals and feel part of the community. They do so within the rich culture and scenic beauty of the Glens of Antrim- with its folklore, music and dance.
Liz also offers storytelling workshops and can arrange local walking guides, horse riding, yoga and ‘pamper’ sessions for visitors. You will leave with lots of stories!
Helping Liz manage the hostel is a team who come from all over the world to spend time as “barnminders”, enjoying the beauty of the Glens of Antrim and getting to know the locals while welcoming our guests. Here’s what they have to say about their time here.
Liz Weir, the owner of Ballyeamon Barn , is an internationally acclaimed storyteller who has performed her tales on five continents. She has instrumental in keeping alive the Irish storytelling tradition alive. As Children’s Librarian for the City of Belfast back in the troubled times of the 1970’s , she learned about the healing power of storytelling.
She hopes to share this magic in the special place she has created at Ballyeamon Barn.
” Here we know the importance of offering visitors a smile at the door and space to create their own stories. I believe that everyone has a tale to tell and at the Barn people make friends and exchange their stories in a relaxed atmosphere around the kitchen table. We need listeners as well as tellers – won’t you join us?”
Simone Schümmelfeder (Germany)
It all began in Ballyeamon Barn! When I first came to Ireland in July 2006, I had a huge love for stories but no idea what to do with it or how to turn it into a trade. Three months as Liz Weir’s apprentice changed that. She took me across the country with her, telling stories and teaching me the secrets of the trade. She also taught me that you have to believe in magic as a storyteller and Ballyeamon Barn, with its open doors and the abundance of hospitality and creativity under its roof, is the best place to start believing.
Walt Hunter (USA)
I was a Barnminder from September through December 2004 while on a Shaw Fellowship from Harvard. I took care of the late, beloved German shepherd Nancy, as well as the cats Otto and Shah, while watching the snow, writing poems, and listening to Leonard Cohen’s Ten New Songs. It was one of the most formative times of my life and I’ll always be grateful to Liz and to my friends in Cushendall.
Beautiful warm hospitality. It felt like a homely place with really inclusive conversation . Fab thank you
I loved my stay here, I wish i could have stayed longer! So friendly and welcoming and in a beautiful location. Above and beyond what i would expect from a hotel never mind a hostel! A hidden gem, definitely coming back!
The Barn is located in area of picturesque Glenariff Forest Park, a great springboard for hikers & bikers. It’s nice and quiet place but a bit remote; it took us awhile to get there from Bushmills (taking a bus & hitch-hiking). The staff was friendly and helpful (nb Liz was not present). We were there in the off season and the only guests at the time. The place itself is basic, but everything you need is there. The kitchen was well equipped so it is possible to cook. We enjoyed our stay there.