Glenariff Forest Park, Rainbow Trail

Walking Route

This is an optional detour along the very popular Waterfall Walk through Glenariff Forest Park.


0.4 miles

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Sheet 9




This is a detour section sign posted from the Waterfall Walk. It includes crossing the Rainbow Bridge and taking a path along the banks of the Glenariff River. Many varieties of woodland flowers such as lesser celandine, wood sorrel, bluebell and wood anemone can be seen in the spring time. The trail then turns deeper into the mature broadleaved woodland before it brings you back to the river. The trail crosses over the Rainbow Bridge again to rejoin the Waterfall Walk.

These walks are situated in a working forest environment and may be subject to diversion and closure from time to time.

Up to date information is available on the Forest Service web site -


Car park (fee charged), Picnic areas, Café, Shop, Toilets (disabled access), Camping and Caravaning, Electronic 'In-Touch' Information Kiosk, Way-marked/nature trails, Lecture room/Classroom, Permanent Exhibition, Guided tours available

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Accessible terrain:

Forest paths, steep in places, lots of steps and sections of boardwalk.


Glenariff Forest Park Leaflet

Getting to the start by public transport:

Accessed via the A43 - Ballymena to Cushendall Road.

Publication availability:

See maps/downloadable section on this page.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Ballymena Tourist Information Centre "The Braid"
  • Free (parking charges may apply)
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