Places of Interest
The Glens of Antrim
Glenarm, Glencloy, Glenariff, Glenballyemon, Glanaan, Glencorp, Glendun, Glenshesk, Glentaisie.
Situated to the north of O’Halloran’s Castle, this playful act of graffiti has in its own right become a local landmark, providing picturesque views of the Antrim coast and Garron Point.
Dating back to the early seventeenth century, this building is now an exclusive hotel boasting unparalleled sea views and its own ghost room – leading to a reputation for being one of the most haunted buildings along the Antrim coast.
T: +44 (0) 28 2858 1066
GLENARM CASTLE AND WALLED GARDEN
The ancestral home of the McDonnell’s, the main family in the history of the Glens of Antrim, the castle dates back many centuries. Its enclosed walled garden is one of the oldest in Ireland and boasts a quaint tearoom. A great venue for any gardening enthusiast.
T: +44 (0) 28 28841984
Found a short walk from the village of Carnlough, this secluded waterfall along the Cranny River provides a really tranquil setting. The walk to the falls gives unsurpassed views of Carnlough Bay and the surrounding area.
THE LONDONDERRY ARMS HOTEL
A hotel that oozes character and old time charm, built by Lady Frances Anne Vane Tempest and once owned by her larger-than-life descendant, Sir Winston Churchill, British prime minister, wartime leader and renowned statesman.
T: +44 (0) 28 2888 5255
A familiar landmark on the Antrim Coast Road just north of Garron Point, it is the remains of an ancient limestone sea stack. It offers stunning sea views of Red Bay and, on a clear day, the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland.
Built by local landlord Francis Turnley in 1817 to simplify travel between his estates at Cushendall and Drumnasole (outside Carnlough), this arch, hewn from the red sandstone from where it gets its name, has become one of the best known features of the Antrim Coast Road.
GLENARIFF FOREST PARK AND WATERFALLS
A series of paths and wooden walkways traverse this 1,500 acre park, providing spectacular mountain and forest trails and probably the best waterfalls in Northern Ireland. It is also home to a healthy population of native red squirrels.
Built by local landlord Francis Turnley in the early nineteenth century this prominent landmark once provided overnight accommodation to unruly residents after a night on the town. Now in private ownership.
An ancient stone burial chamber with panoramic views across the middle glens of Glendun and Glenaan and also Red Bay. No public access.
Set in a secluded valley, this churchyard contains memorials from the English and American civil wars and the grave of one of the founders of what was to become the Royal Victoria Hospital. Access via an adjacent car park or a stunning cliff path from Cushendall beach.
McCOLLAM’S BAR/JOHNNY JOE’S
The traditional Irish music venue along the coast – especially on Friday and Saturday evenings. A must for visitors to the area on summer weekends.
T: +44 (0) 28 2177 1992
A commemorative stone and plaque recalling the Fuldiew story, a local tale of love and tragedy from 1803.
An outstanding piece of architecture by Sir Charles Lanyon spanning the depths of Glendun valley as part of the Antrim Coast Road (1832-45).
SHANE O’NEILL MONUMENT
A memorial to Shane O’Neill, one of the greatest Gaelic warlords from the Elizabethan wars of sixteenth century Ireland, who was murdered at nearby Castle Carra in 1667.
The iconic Game of Thrones location in Northern Ireland – the Kings Road. Mature beach trees create an avenue of beauty whether or not you are a fan of the hit television series.
One of the oldest and most important buildings along the North Antrim coast, housing within its vaults the remains of famous warriors and clan chiefs and the ghost of the Black Nun.
RATHLIN WEST LIGHTHOUSE AND RSPB SEA CENTRE
A real must see for visitors to Rathlin (Northern Ireland’s only inhabited island), especially during early summer when thousands of seabirds take up residence on the surrounding cliffs. Access via local bus service.
T: +44 (0) 28 2076 0062 (Mar-Sep)