Ballymena is situated in the north east of Northern Ireland, in Co.Antrim. Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland is 30 miles south-east. Larne harbour can be reached in less than 35 minutes and it’s only 30 minutes drive to Belfast International Airport.
Ballymena was originally a busy market town and the surrounding farmland in the Braid valley was utilized for sheep and cattle farmers. Ballymena is at the foot of the Antrim Plateau. There are nine glens in the plateau, know as the Glens of Antrim, their names are Glenariffe, Glencloy, Glenarm, Glenballyeamon, Glenann, Glenshesk, Glencorp, Glentaisie and Glendun.
Ballymena is one of the largest towns in Northern Ireland. The surrounding towns and villages have a population of nearly 60 000 people. These villages include Portglenone, Garvagh, Randalstown, Ahoghill, Broughshane, Kells, and Cloughmills. More infomation on these towns can be found at the Mid & East Antrim Borough Council website
There are nine post-primary schools in Ballymena, three of which are grammar. Ballymena also offers third level education. Ballymena Academy has 88 acres of mature ground situated on the Galgorm Road just west of the town centre. The grounds are very secluded yet within easy walking distance of bus and railway stations. The local library, the leisure centre and shops are easily accessible.
Map thanks to John & Kathryn Mills of Lifestyle Gymnastics Academy.