This is an optional detour along the very popular Waterfall Walk through Glenariff Forest Park.

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Glenariff Forest Park, Rainbow Trail



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  • I remember when I went here as a little girl

    When I used to believe in leprechauns

    It was very magical and very beautiful

    Hannah Knightley at 6:30 pm
  • County Antrim

    Distance 0.4 miles

    OS Map Sheet 9

    Terrain Difficult

    Nearest Town Cushendall

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference D21080 20260

    Route Type Riverside, Woodland

    This is a detour section sign posted from the Waterfall Walk. It includes crossing the Rainbow Bridge and taking a path along the banks of the Glenariff River. Many varieties of woodland flowers such as lesser celandine, wood sorrel, bluebell and wood anemone can be seen in the spring time. The trail then turns deeper into the mature broadleaved woodland before it brings you back to the river. The trail crosses over the Rainbow Bridge again to rejoin the Waterfall 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 – www.forestserviceni.gov.uk

    Waterfall

    Accessed via the A43 – Ballymena to Cushendall Road.

    Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

    Car park (fee charged), Picnic areas, Café, Shop, Toilets (disabled access), Camping and Caravaning, Electronic ‘In-Touch’ Information Kiosk, Way-marked/nature trails, Lecture room/Classroom, Permanent Exhibition, Guided tours available

    The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

    – Café (wheelchair accessible)
    – Shop (wheelchair accessible)
    – Visitors Centre
    – Disabled toilets

    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.