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Dungonnell Way

The Dungonnel Way was an initiative led by Glenravel Environmental Improvement Association that has created a 9.5-mile circular walk. Funding for the project was by the Environment and Heritage Service and the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust (using a NNRTI grant). The route takes in Dungonnell Dam, Glenariff Forest Park and Skerry East Road, which is probably one of the most attractive, but least used roads in the whole of Northern Ireland. It is an outstanding opportunity to experience the isolation of the Antrim Hills without getting your feet wet as the entire length is on hard surface.




9.5 miles

OS Map

Sheet 9

Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type



Forest tracks and minor roads

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Glenariff Forest

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Antrim Coast & Glens

Route Description

The walk can be started at various points on the circuit and walked in either direction. Car parking is available at Dungonnel Dam and in Cargan village.

A way marked route with clear signage at all junctions, the walker is guided smoothly around.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

This walk can be started at various points along the route


Dogs are allowed. Dogs must be kept under close control


Refreshments at Cargan Village and Glenariff Forest Park. There is a toilet in the Costcutter garage in Cargan village.


Dungonnell Way Leaflet

Publication Availability

Available from Ballymena TIC - 028 2563 5900

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Ratings and Comments

Patrick 15 July, 2019 @ 15:13

Recently completed this walk going from Cargan to the Dam and home via Skerry East Road. Lovely level walk on hard surface most of the way. Only request would be for the odd strategically placed tree stump or boulder to rest on. Almost nowhere to stop and rest a while. We had to eat our lunch standing up!

Patrick & Jude 30 March, 2019 @ 22:44

it's a gentle walk over the Antrim Hills with some great views. Mostly tarmac and forest paths so not too strenuous and not many steep inclines. Paths are very well marked and only used a map sparingly. Once you get past the junction with the Turftarney RD there is virtually no traffic.

Eamonn Toner 15 April, 2018 @ 09:37

Yes I’d agree with most recent comments . I did it yesterday in misty weather after a lot of rain this week ,views Id imagine great in better conditions Well signposted, track good Ideal for new young walkers

Ian 30 January, 2018 @ 14:17

This is only the second time that I have did this walk.The first time was about five or six years ago and I think it has improved since then in terms of the signs being clear and easy to follow.Its a good bad weather/Winter alterantive to the Antrim hills way as most is over tarmac or forest paths.

Terry 9 July, 2016 @ 16:36

Mixed hiking taking in forest, moors etc. Parked north of Cargan at the memorial. Path and tracks in good condition. Was treated in Cargan pub to free coffee and kids biscuits since they didn't normally sell coffee and food. Ah such charm, so I must plug them if you are on a hike and want beer and food. I think you bring the food in from the adjoining place. We were knackered since it was the final leg of the walk and sheltered during a storm.

Butch 8 May, 2016 @ 14:40

Really lovely walk despite the mist and mizzle for the first three hours. Still the glens are beautiful in all weathers. Very atmospheric in places. Signage in places through the forest is getting a bit worn out. Always good to have a map as back up.

Mark 24 April, 2016 @ 16:58

Done the route clock wise and really enjoyed it. Very good lanes and roads to walk on, I had my dog with me and it was great for him. Going through the forested areas I was able to let him off the lead. When walking around the reservoir I had to put him back on the lead as the sheep aren't fenced in, in this area. Overall a very good walk and not to difficult apart from the distance.

Barbara 20 March, 2016 @ 21:38

We did the walk on a glorious day, easy walking on roads that are clearly signed and then past the dam and through the forest.

Lovely walk.

Patricia 9 March, 2015 @ 16:58

We really enjoyed our walk yesterday starting from Cargan village and heading clockwise. Wonderful views from Skerry East Road and interesting evidence of old iron ore workings. Then a section through forest before emerging onto the Garron Plateau. Magnificent. Lots of frogs and frog-spawn in the pools and puddles so Spring has definitely arrived.

Tom 26 August, 2013 @ 16:09

The glenariff forest secton of the walk is lovely, along what appears to be forestry service /firefighting tracks. The rest is a little underwhelming. I did this in thick fog however so cant vouch for the view. Apart from the glenariff section, the rest is on tarmac roads. The secton between ballyemon road to the waterfall is seriously seriously wet. Maybe only 2-3% of the total walk though but glad i had waterproof boots for this small section alone. The waterfall is nice and a decent height but not close to ess-na-larach in my opinion...

Trevor McWhirter 18 October, 2010 @ 16:35

Easy going under foot as the walk is all on road or forest tracks. Great way to see some wild country side for those who are not so confident on the map reading side of things. Locals all very friendly. Did this one in walking shoes with 12 year old son on a dry, sunny Saturday afternoon - no problem, enjoy!

IAM 21 July, 2010 @ 13:17

A very pleasant and not too challenging walk. Lovely views from quiet roads and forest tracks. If you're walking this in the summer you will need insect repellent.

Helen 11 July, 2010 @ 22:14

A great walk if you stay on the path, but if yo stray from it it will be very wet - its a peat bog favoured by Duke of Edinburgh groups and will ruin a good pair of walking boots! But if you stick to the paths its a lovely walk with great views of Glenariffe glen and forest park, leading right down to the sea at Waterfoot. Absolutely beautiful!! Highly recommended!

Sam McMorran 14 January, 2010 @ 19:17

This is a favourite walk of both myself and my wife. We enjoy a slight detour via the tearoom at Glenariff for a coffee. We normally undertake it on a Sunday morning. Great scenery and friendy locals. Highly recommended.

TomTom 11 July, 2008 @ 14:21

A comfortable walk, gentle and mostly on tarmac and forest tracks and great veiws from all points of the walk. Good hiking boots needed,as the walk takes into Glenariff forest,surface water may lie on the trail, keep your water proofs handy and rucksack to carry them in,water and some snacks,flask and so on.All inall its a good walk, I find better early morning as you get to see the Glens awake,wild life is all around you. In any direction there is plenty to see and do.

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