Glenarm Forest

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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.

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  • A beautiful forest with an impressive variety of trees and plants. The walk along the river is awesome with beautiful views of the water and the thick green undergrowth. I was lucky to spot a red squirrel! The paths are easy to follow with a few short uphills but mostly very easy terrain ( a bit muddy after rain) This forest is really worth a visit

    Jacqui Forster at 8:28 pm
  • 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.

    Ruth Miller at 10:55 am
  • 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

    bill angell at 1:32 pm
  • County Antrim

    Distance 2.1 miles

    OS Map Sheet 9

    Terrain Forest paths, some hills

    Nearest Town Glenarm

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference D312151

    Route Type Forest

    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.

    Point of Interest

    Wildlife, views

    Getting to the start

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

    Public transport

    Translink –


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