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Glenarm Forest

Toberwine Street, Glenarm, County Antrim, BT44 0EE
Man and woman walking alongside River in Glenarm Forest surrounded by trees

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Embark on a journey to uncover the hidden charm of Glenarm Forest, a serene haven nestled in one of Antrim's lesser-known glens. Commence your adventure at Glenarm Forest Car Park, following the path past picnic benches toward the river. Marvel at breathtaking views of Glenarm Castle across the Glenarm River, home to Brown Trout, Sea Trout, Salmon, and Eels.  The Glenarm river winds through the glen, meeting the sea at Glenarm village.

Encounter a diverse array of wildlife, including Mallard, Heron, Dipper, Kingfishers, and the occasional elusive Otter along the river's edge. Ascend steps and spot a squirrel feeder on a tree, a testament to the thriving ecosystem.

On your return along the gravel path, discover two additional feeding boxes, providing a chance to spot native Red squirrels. Thanks to local enthusiasts supplying a mix of peanuts and sunflower seeds, Glenarm Forest stands as one of the best sites along the Causeway Coastal Route & the Glens of Antrim to witness these captivating creatures. Introduced in the 1970s by Ulster Wildlife, the ongoing voluntary efforts of Glenarm Wildlife Group & the Glens Red Squirrel Group showcase a flourishing colony.

Despite its modest size, Glenarm Forest boasts a diverse array of tree species thriving under optimal soil and climate conditions. Wander through this natural sanctuary, encountering majestic oak, ash, beech, sycamore, Japanese larch, and Sitka spruce trees. Each vies for survival amidst the lush forest floor adorned at different times of the year with aromatic garlic, bluebells, primroses, dog’s mercury, and ground ivy. Don't miss spotting the oldest tree, a majestic Scots Pine – look up, way up, and marvel at this enduring symbol of natural beauty.

The glen comes alive with feeder streams gracefully running down its sides, forming natural ribbons amid the man-made forest. Notable historical features include the Lead, an early 19th-century watercourse designed to transport water from the glen's summit to the 'whitening mill' near Glenarm harbour, now a captivating part of Glenarm's industrial archaeology.

No matter the season or weather, Glenarm Forest promises an experience that will beckon you back time and again. Explore the forest using the color-coded way-markers:

🔴 Red Trail – 2 miles (featuring a sloped descent and a stepped ascent)

🔵 Blue Trail – 1 mile

💛 Yellow Trail – 0.5 miles (riverside walk)

Please be aware that these captivating walks, set in a working forest environment, may occasionally be subject to diversion or closure. Pay attention to safety advice on forest signs. Your Glenarm adventure awaits, promising a perfect blend of wilderness, wildlife encounters, and timeless wonders.

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Attraction Facilities

  • Open Sundays


  • Picnic Area

Establishment Features

  • Accommodation nearby
  • Family Fun
  • Pets accepted

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Provider Preferences

  • Forest Location
  • Free (parking charges may apply)
  • Outdoor Attraction

Map & Directions

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

From Glenarm follow Toberwine Street to the forest.

Convenient parking is available at Glenarm Forest or within Glenarm village.

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