Shanes Castle is a working Estate consisting of about 800 acres of farmland and about a thousand acres of woodland.

The farming enterprises consist mainly of a 200 head dairy herd and a 1000 head sheep flock.

Also on the Estate we have a paintball enterprise which is run by Escarmouche. This is operated at the Randalstown end of the Estate and is open all year round.

The Estate is also licensed to have weddings held in the Castle area.

The Hydro

Our latest project is the reintroduction to the Estate of Hydro-Electrical power.

This was originally installed in about 1905 and was used to provide power for the main house and various farm buildings. This ran for about 50 years before being decommissioned after the introduction of mains electricity in the mid-fifties.

In about 2000 we started looking at bringing it back to the Estate to provide green energy and also possible to power the dairy parlour which is quite nearby. After getting panning we decided to install a 210KW system using an Archimedes Screw Type turbine. The Screw Type turbine was chosen for its simplicity and fish friendly attributes.

The Hydro generates enough power to provide electricity to about 300 households and therefore save about 900 tonnes of CO2 per year.