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Cranny Falls

The gentle incline of this walk takes the route of an old limestone railway track to the now disused Gortin Quarry. Interpretation panels along the way illustrate the history. It ends at Cranny Waterfall where the moist air is good for plants and insects. 




1.2 (One Way) miles

OS Map

Sheet 9

Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type

Coastal, Hill, Riverside


Off-road path, partly rough

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

A viewpoint in Gortin Quarry shows Carnlough Bay

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Antrim Coast & Glens

Route Description

From Carnlough (with its beautiful Carnlough Beach), take the steps going uphill beside the 'Harbour Lights' building. This takes you around to the right and across a bridge over the main road. This path soon takes you past a car park and gradually up to Gortin Quarry where there are seats and viewpoints. Follow the path left over to Cranny Falls. Come back the same way.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

Take the A2 (Antrim Coast Road) from Larne-Portrush. Park in the village of Carnlough.


Dogs are allowed. Dogs must be kept under control

Accessibility Grade

Grade 4

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Café (wheelchair accessible)
Shop (wheelchair accessible)
Disabled toilets
Disabled parking


Toilets available in car park in Carnlough. Parking is also available beside the road. Hotel, B&B and cafes are in the town.


Larne Country Walks

Publication Availability

Larne Tourist Information Centre (028) 2827 0088 or downloadable on this page.

Walk Location
Map of Northern Ireland
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Ratings and Comments

Maureen 6 July, 2016 @ 23:05

A very nice walk - signage at harbour said 2 kms each way. A gentle gradient - lovely scenery. The Falls were worth the walk - and the old quarry was also interesting. A lot of dog poo on the first 1/4 mile of the path a bit off putting but once well up the path it wasn't an issue. Would suit any type of walker.

Janice 6 April, 2014 @ 09:40

We did this walk quite easily with a 4 and 8 year old. There's a sign saying the final path to the falls is closed, but we walked out anyhow. Some of the fencing had been washed away, so we were careful, but the path was still negotiable. And the falls were raging...really lovely.

David Watson 20 February, 2010 @ 19:46

Teenage memories this week of the wooden Cranny Falls youth hostel (now vanished), as this provided a beautiful starter for a day walking up Glencloy in snow, sun and at times the utter silence of nature. Thanks Cowper Lynas... and the barbed wire fence gadget!

Philip Hanna 11 November, 2009 @ 20:26

Pleasant and varied walk. Good rooftop view of Carnlough at the start and the waterfall was better than I expected. Make sure to detour towards the quarry for the viewpoint; I enjoyed sitting down taking in Carnlough Bay

Lukas 12 July, 2009 @ 21:22

Came across Cranny

falls when going back from Giant's Causeway, and was really supriesd...very pleasant walk, beaitufull terrain (we even spotted some wildlife) , but waterfall itself was the best, really well worth a while

Leon 11 September, 2008 @ 23:36

Walked this with my parents and brother. Great fun day with the sun shining. The scenery was beautiful and the waterfall was well worth the walk. This was my first go at hill walking, and will not be the last. My whole family are now hooked! This is a great site - thanks for the suggestion of this walk.

Loretta Kay 11 February, 2008 @ 18:52

I went on this walk with my two young daughters, my mum and aunt. It was beautiful. I love the Antrim Coast it is so stunningly beautiful and unspoilt. Cranny Falls was an easy walk to do with the children and the views were gorgeous - well worth the effort.

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