Glenariff Glen

 

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Glenariff with its magnificent scenery richly deserves its title "Queen of the Glens".

 

It lies in the heart of the world famous Nine Glens of Antrim, a designated "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty".

 

Glenariff is a perfect U-shaped valley, whose sides are rocky precipices rising to a wild moorland.

 

In the Glen lies one of the most popular Forest Parks in the country, while at the coast is the golden 1 mile (1.5 Km) curve of Waterfoot Beach.

 

The river flowing down the valley is fed by streams which fall hundreds of metres over the cliffs.

 

Is it any wonder visitors have been coming for over an century to this jewel of the North?

 

The landscape of today is the result of the work of generations of farmers whose descendants still use and protect the land.

In Glenariff the distinctive pattern of ladder farms running up the valley sides gives each farm an equal share of lowland, glen-side and hill ground.

In spring the lambs wander through acres of bluebells like blue vapour rising like grass, while later the yellow of the gorse (whins) and the red flowers of the fuchsia are a magnet for photographers.

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In Glenariff you can relax, enjoy the scenery, and soak up the atmosphere.

 

If you and your family feel the need to be more active try walking, cycling, pitch and putt, swimming, fishing, water-sports, pony riding, bird-watching or you can take one of the well sign-posted scenic drives.

 

(Watch out for fairies and leprechauns!)

A range of accommodation is available, guest houses, self-catering and caravan parks.

 

There are restaurants and cafes to suit all needs and you can have a good night out in a pub in the village of Waterfoot or nearby Cushendall.

 

 

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