The Antrim Coast in Northern Ireland is arguably one of the most scenic routes in the world. Located less than 20 miles away from this natural beauty is Cloughmills, a village of around 1,300. The area had its fair share of violence during the infamous Troubles. In 1983, gunmen opened fire on two policemen at the police station in Cloughmills and then three years later, this same police station was heavily damaged by a bomb.
The Wayside Inn was a popular bar and restaurant located in Cloughmills. In addition to the bar and restaurant, there was also an on-site off-license, a fast food takeaway, a convenience store and petrol pumps on the foreground.
In 2001, the Wayside Inn was targeted by arsonists who hurled a petrol bomb through a front window of the property. It caused minor scorch damage to the downstairs seating area.
The Wayside Inn and associated outbuilding sold at auction in Spring 2021 for £70,000 – £20,000 over the guide price!