Ballycastle to Glenarm

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Link Section offering a poor weather alternative to the Moyle Way following rural roads along the east coast through villages of Cushendun and Cushendall.

It also acts as a Link Section between the end of Quality Section – Moyle Way at Waterfoot and the start of Quality Section – Glenarm to Ballynure incorporating Antrim Hills Way.

There are good transport connections along this Link section.

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Ballycastle to Glenarm



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County Antrim

Distance 32.5 miles

OS Map 5 and 9

Terrain Mainly rural roads and with short sections along busy main roads.

Nearest Town Ballycastle/Glenarm

Route Shape Link Section

Grid Reference D121411

Route Type Beach, Coastal

This is a Link section therefore walkers are actively encouraged to make use of the public transport links between Ballycastle and Glenarm.

The first part of this Link Section from Ballycastle to Waterfoot offers a poor weather alternative to the Moyle Way which can become very soft under foot after a period of rain. This section follows mainly quiet rural roads.

For those who have walked the Moyle Way the second part of this Link Section offers connections onwards to the start of the Quality Section – Glenarm – Ballynure incorporating Antrim Hills Way. This section follows parts of the busy A2 Coast Road and quieter rural roads.

The route is not signposted on the ground.

For those walkers determined to complete of full circuit of Northern Ireland then accurate maps of this Link section are available to download.

When walking on road sections please observe the Highway Code and it is advised to wear high visibility clothing.

From Ballycastle to Waterfoot walk via Ballycastle Beach, Corrymeela, Drumaroan Road, Cushendall Road, Ballyvoy, Torr Road, Bay Road, Cushendun, Layde Road, Layde Church, Coast Path, Shore Road, Cushendall, Waterfoot.
From Waterfoot to Glenarm walk via Garron Road, Tower Road, Garron Road, Largy Road, Carnlough, Marine Road, Bay Road, Straidkilly Road, Glenarm

Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Grade 5

  • There may not be a formalised path, and variable, single file trails are to be expected.
  • Gradients and cross slope could be expected to be steep and not limited.
  • Obstacles and surface breaks of greater than 75mm measured across the line of the path to be expected.
  • Overhanging branches are possible. Passing places and rest areas may not be formalised or provided.
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