Casting a shadow over the landscape near the town of Ballymena is Slemish Mountain. A volcanic plug, it has more than its fair share of myth and legend. Pirates who slaughtered his family brought St Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland, to Slemish as a young man. Sold into slavery, he tended sheep here for six years. Open all year round, large crowds walk to the top as a pilgrimage each Paddy”s Day (March 17).