Northern Ireland Sights



Glenariff Forest Park

Glenariff Forest Park Review

Head to this natural preserve to explore the most beautiful and unsettled of Antrim's glens. Glenariff was christened "Little Switzerland" by Thackeray for its spectacular combination of rugged hills and lush vales. The main valley opens onto Red Bay at the village of Glenariff (also known as Waterfoot). Inside the park are picnic facilities and dozens of good hikes. Bisecting the park are two lovely rivers, the Inver and the Glenariff, which help sculpt the rocky gorges here and culminate in the famous 5½-km (3½-mile) Waterfall Trail, marked with blue arrows, which passes outstanding views of Glenariff River, its three waterfalls, and small but swimmable loughs. Escape from the summer crowds by taking one of the longest trails, such as the Scenic Hike. Pick up a detailed trail map at the park visitor center, which also has a small cafeteria.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 98 Glenariff Rd., 7 km (5 miles) north of Carnlough, off A2 Glenariff, Co. Antrim BT44 OQX | Map It
  • Phone: 028/2955–6000
  • Cost: Vehicles £4.50, pedestrians £2
  • Hours: Apr.–Sept., daily 8:30–8; Oct.–Mar., daily 10–dusk
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  • Location: Glens of Antrim
Updated: 01-31-2013

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