Cranny Falls

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The gentle incline of this walk takes the route of an old limestone railway track to the now disused Gortin Quarry. Interpretation panels along the way illustrate the history. It ends at Cranny Waterfall where the moist air is good for plants and insects.

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  • Terrible walk. Firstly the waterfall was closed due to falling rocks so it would have been good to have a notice at start of the walk. Secondly the walk along to view point was covered in dogs dirt. The path is along the back of peoples houses so not a nice scenic walk. There was no railway line and no information boards along the way. When you get up to the view point loads of sheep around which is fine but then path covered in sheep dirt. This was not a lovely walk and I would not recommend it.

    Michelle at 8:31 pm
  • County Antrim

    Distance 1.2 (One Way) miles

    OS Map Sheet 9

    Terrain Off-road path, partly rough

    Nearest Town Carnlough

    Route Shape Linear

    Grid Reference D287181

    Route Type Coastal, Hill, Riverside

    Route Description

    From Carnlough (with its beautiful Carnlough Beach), take the steps going uphill beside the ‘Harbour Lights’ building. This takes you around to the right and across a bridge over the main road. This path soon takes you past a car park and gradually up to Gortin Quarry where there are seats and viewpoints. Follow the path left over to Cranny Falls. Come back the same way.

    Point of Interest

    A viewpoint in Gortin Quarry shows Carnlough Bay

    Getting to the start

    Take the A2 (Antrim Coast Road) from Larne-Portrush. Park in the village of Carnlough.

    Public transport

    Translink –

    Dog Policy

    Dogs are allowed. Dogs must be kept under control


    Toilets available in car park in Carnlough. Parking is also available beside the road. Hotel, B&B and cafes are in the town.

    The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

    – Café (wheelchair accessible)
    – Shop (wheelchair accessible)
    – Disabled toilets
    – Disabled parking

    Accessibility Grade

    Grade 4

    • The path may not be hard and firm in all weathers with loose stones (not bigger than 10cm) with occasional tree roots and pot holes and will be at least 80cm wide for its entire length.
    • The path gradients and cross slopes will be greater than 6 degrees
    • Obstacles such as steps or stiles are to be expected and surface breaks may be larger 75mm in width.
    • There will be a clear head height of greater than 2.10m for the entire length of the route.
    • Passing places and rest areas may not be formalised or provided.