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Glenarm Forest

Glenarm is probably one of the least known of the nine glens of Antrim. The forest is small, but has a wide variety of tree species growing under excellent conditions of soil and climate. Throughout the forest the tree species such as oak, ash, beech, sycamore, Japanese larch, Sitka spruce and many others compete for survival. On the forest floor plants such as bluebells, primroses, dog's mercury and ground ivy can all be found.

The numerous feeder streams which run down the side of the glen to join the Glenarm river form ribbons of natural vegetation through the man made forest. The Lead, which was built early in the 19th century to bring water from the top of the glen to the 'whitening mill' beside Glenarm harbour, now forms a part of Glenarm's industrial archaeology.

The Glenarm river runs on a straight course down the centre of the glen to join the sea at Glenarm village. It is normally well stocked with Brown Trout, Sea Trout, Salmon and Eels; and along its banks Mallard, Heron, Dipper, Kingfishers and the odd otter can be seen.




2 miles

OS Map

Sheet 9

Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type



Forest paths, some hills

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Wildlife, views

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Antrim Coast & Glens

Route Description

Follow the waymarkers within the forest.

Red - 2 miles

Blue - 1 mile

Yellow - 0.5 miles (riverside 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 - link below.

Nearby beaches include Carnlough Beach.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

From Glenarm Village (A2 larne to Carnlough Rd): Follow Toberwine Street to forest where there is parking for up to 10 cars.


In Glenarm village there are public toilets and numerous shops and cafes.


Larne Walks

Publication Availability

For more information contact Larne TIC on Tel: 028 2826 0088 or by email at larnetourism@btconnect.com or contact Glenarm Village Committee on 028 2884 1087

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Ratings and Comments

Ruth Miller 12 May, 2019 @ 19:40

Oh the Garlic in May! Like a thick fall of snow. So very beautiful and the aroma beyond words.

The trees in their pale acid green and the sky above, bright blue. Everything so very beautiful.

A few bluebells to lift the colour and just the odd glimpse of the river beneath.

Had it been painted you would have said that it was not possible.

bill angell 14 November, 2017 @ 19:06

for the last30yrs my wife and i have enjoyed the walks in the forest and may hope to for many a year to come.just one comment.the refuse bin always overflowing . in the car park .bluebottles and other insects other then that a great place to come to

Cormac Duffin 1 May, 2010 @ 20:06

Beautiful walk along the river with one very good view of Glenarm Castle. I walked the one way in/one way out extension to the 2 mile circular walk which adds about 4 miles to the trip. The extension isn't brilliant but is worth doing.

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