A rare opportunity to access some of the most stunning scenery in the Glens of Antrim on foot. The Red Loop is one of four walking routes through a truly inspiring landscape featuring the Glendun River, farmland, woodland scrub and peatland for a true taste of the countryside and the famous Glens.

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Ronan’s Way, Red Loop



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  • Great walk around Ronans Way in Glendun, this walk was created by farmer John MccAuley in memory of his son Ronan, who often asked his dad to open up parts of their hillfarm to the public.

    Ronan died in April this year from sudden death syndrome and his father has been working creating the path since his sons passing.

    I had a great chat today with John when I met him on the path as he was working, I told him it was my sons birthday the day before and why I was walking.

    There we stood, two fathers sharing our lives, one in grief one grieving, paths, tracks, climbs, hills but within it all surrounded by the beauty of Glendun.

    Thanks john.

    Tomas Fisher at 9:41 pm
  • County Antrim

    Distance 3.4 miles

    OS Map Sheet 5

    Terrain Grass, farm track, muddy in part

    Nearest Town Cushendun

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference D194310

    Route Type Hill

    Located on the McAuley Farm, a stretch of land in memory of Ronan McAuley, a True Glens man who had a dream that more people would explore and enjoy Glendun and the exquisite views of the land that he called home. These trails provide rare access to one of the stunning Nine Glens of Antrim, Glendun.

    Ronan’s Way is located on a working farm so please respect the family property, land and their ability to manage their farm on your visit, as this walk has only been made possible by their generosity.

    Beginning at the carpark off the Glendun Rd you will find the trailhead panel and waymarker posts. This walk follows the red waymarkers. This route allows the more adventurous to go right to the top of the Glen and take in the breath taking views of the Irish countryside and beyond to the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland.

    The diversity of natural habitat (woodland, peatland, farmland and the river) in Glendun means that there is an abundance of wildlife to see. You may be lucky to spot some of our most impressive mammals such as the otter, fox and pine marten. There are lots of different bird species including siskins in the woodland, and grouse, skylarks and the occasional curfew higher up the mountain. There are a number of birds of prey in the skies such as the merlin, hen harrier and buzzard. There are also lots of wildflowers and insect species throughout the farm.

    Please note as this is working farmland livestock may be present and the ground is often very mucky underfoot so walking boots are strongly recommended. A number of stiles are also present along all routes. As the walks are situated within a glen, steep sections are present on all walks however this makes for incredible views across the glen. A couple of benches are situated along the routes so you can sit back and enjoy a moment of contemplation as you spend time admiring the views.All of the walks on Ronan’s Way are located on the McAuley Farm, a stretch of land in memory of Ronan McAuley, a True Glens man who had a dream that more people would explore and enjoy Glendun and the exquisite views of the land that he called home.

    Breath taking views of the Irish countryside and beyond to the Mull of Kintyre.

    From Cushendun Caravan Park head along the Glendun Rd passing under the viaduct and continue along the Glendun Rd for approximately 1.5 miles where you will see a concrete bridge crossing into a field with a driveway directly opposite the bridge. Drive over the bridge and the carpark is in this field on the McAuley family farmland. You will see the waymarkers and trailhead panel here to begin your walk.

    Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

    Dogs are not allowed.

    Public toilets, picnic area, playground, and restaurants are available in the nearby village of Cushendun.