Atlas Obscura ‘Johann’

Hard to miss, this bronze statue of an understandably grumpy-looking goat is a tribute to Johann, the last creature culled in the area during the foot and mouth outbreak of the early 2000s. His regular grazing area was here alongside the harbor, and he was popular with locals and tourists alike.

In 2001, a foot and mouth disease outbreak nearly brought Northern Ireland to a standstill. Animal exports ground to a halt, and livestock suspected of having the disease were killed.

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Atlas Obscura 2019
Blackcave Tunnel and the Devil’s Churn

Discover Blackcave Tunnel and the Devil's Churn in Larne, Northern Ireland: The "Black Arch" guards the entrance to the picturesque Glens of Antrim.

Atlas Obscura 2022
Torr Heads Ruins

Discover Torr Heads Ruins in County Antrim, Northern Ireland: Beautiful scenery provides the backdrop for an abandoned coastguard facility.

Atlas Obscura 2022
Garron Point Headland

Discover Garron Point Headland in Carnlough, Northern Ireland: Amazing vistas await visitors to this stretch of coastline.

Atlas Obscura 2022
Layd Church Ruins

Discover Layd Church Ruins in Cushendall, Northern Ireland: The father of Belfast medicine is buried in the graveyard of this 13th-century church, which now lies in ruins.

Atlas Obscura 2021
The Hidden Village of Galboly

Discover The Hidden Village of Galboly in Carnlough, Northern Ireland: This village provides a glimpse at rural life in Northern Ireland during the mid-20th-century.

Atlas Obscura 2019
Rathlin West Lighthouse

Discover Rathlin West Lighthouse in Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland: A beloved upside-down beacon off the coast of Northern Ireland.

Atlas Obscura 2020
Droagh Motte

Discover Droagh Motte in Mid and East Antrim, Northern Ireland: Hidden in Carnfunnock Country Park is a lasting testament to the Normans who once settled in the region.

Atlas Obscura 2016
Slemish Mountain

Discover Slemish Mountain in Ballymena, Northern Ireland: A brisk climb up this solitary peak leads to the origin story of a towering figure in Irish history.

Atlas Obscura 2022
Cushendun Caves

Discover Cushendun Caves in Cushendun, Northern Ireland: 400 million years of erosion shaped these fascinating seaside caves, which made an appearance on 'Game of Thrones.'.

Atlas Obscura 2019
Daffodil Lane

Discover Daffodil Lane in Ballygalley, Northern Ireland: This rustic, flower-lined pathway once had very little in common with its namesake.

Atlas Obscura 2020
The Linford Barrows

Discover The Linford Barrows in County Antrim, Northern Ireland: These unknown Bronze Age earthworks are believed to be ancient burial mounds.

Atlas Obscura 2020
Paddy the Pigeon Plaque

Discover Paddy the Pigeon Plaque in Carnlough, Northern Ireland: A harbor town pays tribute to a heroic wartime carrier pigeon.

Atlas Obscura 2018
Madman’s Window

Discover Madman's Window in Larne, Northern Ireland: It is said a heartbroken man visited the gap every day to stare blankly out at the sea.

Atlas Obscura 2017
Polar Bear of Ballygalley

The rock's grin is unbearably goofy.

Atlas Obscura 2020
Carnfunnock Ice House

Discover Carnfunnock Ice House in Ballygalley, Northern Ireland: This former ice house dates to the early 19th-century and featured an underground chamber.

Atlas Obscura 2020
Carnlough Harbor

Discover Carnlough Harbor in Carnlough, Northern Ireland: This stone harbor was key to Carnlough's limestone industry.

Atlas Obscura 2018
The Armada Tree

Discover The Armada Tree in Larne, Northern Ireland: This gnarled old tree supposedly sprouted from seeds kept in the pocket of a 16th-century Spanish sailor.