Glenariff Forest Park

Glens of Antrim

At the head of the Glenariff Valley is Glenariff Forest Park, where the main attraction is Ess-na-Larach Waterfall, an 800m walk from the visitor centre. You can also walk to the waterfall from Laragh Lodge, 600m downstream. Wonderful hikes in the park include the 9km circular scenic trail. There's also a teahouse selling scones and hot drinks and lunches.

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