Breathtaking beauty of the Glens of Antrim

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We’re very fortunate in Northern Ireland to be surrounded by nature and beauty in every county.
  • 11 July 2016
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PHOTO: The Glens of Antrim​

It’s this beauty alongside our vivid history and often very dramatic landscapes that make us a wide-eyed travellers dream. 

For those who are travelling to the NI Open in Galgorm Castle, County Antrim this July, we recommend you take time out of your visit and explore this fascinating and breathtakingly beautiful area. 

The pride of Antrim, the Antrim Coast and Glens is home to some of the most stunning and varied scenery in Ireland; designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1988.

The area includes the Nine Glens of Antrim, the coastal towns of Larne and Ballycastle, and Rathlin Island - Northern Ireland’s most northerly inhabited island. 

The Nine Glens of Antrim offer a landscape of rugged cliffs stretching north for 80 miles. Each glen with its own unique character and story to tell.

17887_Cushendun.jpgCushendun - the picturequse setting on the Causeway Coastal Route

Part of the Causeway Coastal Route, the Glens of Antrim include the pretty villages of Glenarm, Cushendall, Cushendun and Ballintoy, along with Glenariff, Queen of the Glens where the wild beauty of its waterfalls can be experienced within Glenariff Forest Park. 

For entertainment and a bit of old fashioned craic, Cushendall, capital of the Glens, is a lively centre of traditional music and dance and home to the Heart of the Glens festival, an annual community festival held every August.

Not far inland is Slemish Mountain, where Saint Patrick reputedly tended sheep when he came to Ireland.  

Located further along the Causeway Coastal Route, backing onto Ballycastle Golf Club, Ballycastle beach is five minutes from the coastal town centre of Ballycastle, host town to the ‘Ould Lammas Fair’, Ireland's traditional oldest fair.

From Ballycastle, visitors can take the short ferry trip to Rathlin Island, an area of complete contrasts. You’ll find gentle bays that are abruptly separated by headlands, exposed moorland that gives way to secluded valleys and wide open areas that offer shelter to farmland. 

 It’s also home to Rathlin West Light, affectionately known as the 'upside down' lighthouse.

20139_Rathlin_Island.jpgThe stunning Rathlin Island

To find out more about the Causeway Coast and Glens and plan your short break to Northern Ireland, visit 

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