Larne is both the most modern and the most ancient of places.
The name of the town is believed to have derived from the prince called Lathar, son of an ancient Irish king, who was granted the lands by his father. The area came to be called Lathar-na, meaning the lands of Lathar, and this has been anglicised to Larne.
Archaeology has produced remains and artifacts in the area suggesting an ancient culture which lived close to the shores of the North Channel and traded with others around the coasts of Scotland.
Nowadays the trade links still remain, as the port is one of the most modern roll-on/roll-off terminals in the United Kingdom, and ships daily take passenger sand goods to and from the coast of Scotland. Today the town combines a historical past with modern port, shopping and leisure facilities. In addition to having man attractions of its own, it is also ideally located for those wishing to use Larne or surrounding areas as a base to further explore the Glens of Antrim and scenic Antrim Coast Road, which stretches from the town northward sthrough the nine glens.
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