Discover the Glens Tour
Discover the Glens Tour
This tour commences at a time and departure point to suit you.
The Glens is an area of outstanding natural beauty which is dominated by the Antrim Plateau rising to over 500m. This has been cut by fast flowing rivers to form a series of picturesque glens running east and north-east towards the sea.
Glenariff – Queen of the Glens
Our first stop is Glenariff, meaning ‘glen of the plough’, is the largest and the most famous of the nine glens, often referred to as the ‘Queen of the Glens’. A perfect u-shaped valley with beautiful views and spectacular waterfalls, Glenariff meets the sea at the small village of Waterfoot.
From the viewpoint at Glenariff Forest Park you can look down the Glen to the sea in the distance, a perfect photo opportunity. It is here we will enjoy our morning tea / coffee and a snack.
Pick up at a chosen point
Waterfoot & Red Bay
Waterfoot and Red Bay
This small village lies at the foot of Glenariff, we will pass through the Red Arch, this was built in 1817 by local estate owner, Frances Turnly, for easy access between his estates at Cushendall and Drumnasole near Carnlough. Red Bay a beautiful sandy beach with stunning views up towards Glenariff.
Lies in the shadow of the table topped Lurigethan Mountain and at the meeting point of three of the Glens of Antrim: Glenaan, Glenballyemon and Glencorp. This part of the Irish coastline is separated from Scotland by the North Channel, with the Mull of Kintyre about 16 miles away.
Cushendun – Red Caves & Mary McBride’s
Nestled at the mouth of the River Dun (Brown River) at the foot of Glendun, Cushendun is a charming village steeped in character and folklore. The sheltered harbour and beautiful beach are surrounded by hill farms, hedgerows, traditional dry-stone walls and spots for the perfect picnic.
After a visit to the Caves which featured in Game of Thrones, we will stop off in Mary McBride’s bar for refreshments and admire one of Ireland’s smallest pubs
Ballycastle is a market town situated at Ballycastle Bay, opposite Rathlin Island, where Robert the Bruce, king of Scotland, is said to have hidden in a cave. Knocklayd Mountain overlooks Ballycastle and is flanked by two of the nine Glens of Antrim, Glenshesk and Glentaise.
The town is a market centre, fishing harbour, and resort. Nearby are the ruins of Bonamargie Franciscan Friary and Dunaneanie Castle. In 1898 Guglielmo Marconi’s first wireless telegraph system was installed at Rathlin and Ballycastle between a lighthouse and the mainland.