Glenariff Forest Park, Scenic Trail

Walking Route

The Trail allows the more able person to enjoy walking through mature woodland, along the edges of steep sided river gorges with waterfalls and open moorland.

Distance:

5.9 miles

Start Point:

D210202

Finish Point:

D210202

Point of interest:

Views of Mull of Kintyre, waterfall

Nearest town:

Cushendall

OS map:

Sheet 9

Terrain:

Forest paths, steep in places

Route:

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Part of the Scenic Walk in Glenariff is currently closed, due to felling works to remove trees that are infected with the disease Phytophthora Ramorum. Diversions are in place.  Please refer to the Forest Service NI link below for up-to-date information.

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The route is sign posted from the car park and around the trail.

The trail first takes you down the Inver River gorge, nearly to the Ess-na-Crub Waterfall. This part of the trail is set in mature woodland with varied woodland flora including bluebells. Once you cross the river at the bottom of the trail, you begin a long and winding climb from about 60 metres elevation to 260 metres, over about 1.1km.

From the upper sections of the route there are views of the Glens and of the Mull of Kintyre across the sea. You ford the upper reaches of the Glenariff river at the top of the trail. At this point you are on peat moorland. Your way back gives spectacular views straight down the Glen to the coast and the sea beyond.

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 - link below.

Facilities:

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

Accessible toilet facilities:

Yes

Accessible terrain:

Forest paths, steep on places

Publication:

None

Getting to the start by public transport:

Accessed via the A43 - Ballymena to Cushendall Road.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Ballymena Tourist Information Centre "The Braid"
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