Glenariff, the Queen of the Glens, is one of the nine Antrim Glens in Northern Ireland. Glenariff Forest Park covers over 1,000 hectares with planted woodland, lakes, outdoor recreation spaces and conservation areas. Glenariff Forest Park is open to the public and caters for many outdoor activities including walking, horse riding and touring. Glenariff Forest is home to many animals of conservation concern, most notably the red squirrel, hen harrier and Irish hare. There are several walking trails through the forest which give spectacular views and glimpses of wildlife.

Can we have a picnic when we’re there?

Yes, of course! Glenariff Forest has picnic and barbeque areas which you are more than welcome to use. It even has a tea house!

The Glenariff Waterfalls and boardwalk which winds through Glenariff Nature Reserve is a must do experience.  Access to the waterfalls is on foot only starting from the main car park in the forest park, or by parking in the restaurant car park at the bottom of the waterfalls beside the lodge. Be prepared for a steep climb, with steps. From the viewpoint on the trail you can look down the Glen to the sea in the distance. The walk then takes you past the café and back to the car park via the ornamental gardens. The Rainbow Trail is an optional detour on the Waterfall walk and includes a river crossing at the Rainbow Bridge.

  • The forest is open daily for visitors on foot, 24 hours a day
  • The car park gates are open by 8.00 and locked at dusk
  • The Waterfall Trail is 3km long
  • For the Rainbow Trail detour, add an additional 0.6km

Things to do in County Antrim