Crossing some the most scenic upland areas in the Antrim Glens, this route offers fantastic views that encompass much of Northern Ireland, as well as extending across the sea to Scotland. Despite being signed throughout, the open terrain means you should take all the normal precautions associated with mountain walking.

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Glenarm to Larne



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  • Incredible day out walking from Cairncastle to Glenarm, it’s a tiring walk but extremely satisfying journey to make, but I wouldn’t want to do it on a wet or windy day. Started from Matties Meeting House and ended it outside the Bridge End Tavern in Glenarm for some refreshments. Got a taxi back however because there was no way i was doing the return journey.

    Nicholas Davis at 10:11 pm
  • County Antrim

    Distance 14

    OS Map 9

    Terrain Mainly off road moorland paths interspersed with quiet rural roads and forest paths. Higher ground is very exposed and can be very soft under foot after a period of rain.

    Nearest Town Glenarm

    Route Shape Linear

    Grid Reference D310152

    Route Type Quality Section

    Route Description

    This section is that last section of the IAT in Ireland, linking the quaint coastal village of Glenarm, across the open hillside of the Antrim Hills, leading down to the coast and the port town of Larne.

    The route is waymarked from Glenarm to Linford using Ulster Way signage (yellow arrow on blue background) as well as the IAT Ireland~Ulster marker. From Linford to Larne Town, is currently not waymarked, you should use the route description and downloadable maps to navigate this section.

    Please be aware that this walking route passes through areas of open land such as working farmland. Livestock may be present and ground conditions may be uneven or wet underfoot. Please refer to the ‘Walk Safely and Responsibly’ information in the Useful Info tab above.

    Point of Interest

    Glenarm, Glenarm Castle, Glenarm Forest, Scawt Hill, Linford, Ballygalley, Carnfunnock Country Park, Larne Town

    Getting to the start

    Glenarm is situated along the A2 coast road north of Larne.

    Public transport

    Glenarm can be accessed via Ulsterbus Service 162 from Larne. Larne is well serviced by bus from both Belfast and Antrim.
    Glenarm is well serviced by the Antrim Coaster Bus Service 252 which runs from Belfast to Coleraine.

    For timetable information please consult Translink website http://www.translink.co.uk/present/IndexOpSvc.asp#ULB

    Facilities

    Refreshments and accommodation are available along the route in Glenarm, Ballygalley and Larne. However this is a long route with no refreshment stops or accommodation between Glenarm and Linford – walkers should carry provisions accordingly. Click on an item in the table below for more details and information.

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