Antrim Glens

Glens of Antrim

Famed in poetry, song, myth and magic there are nine Glens of Antrim, each endowed with an evocative name and each weaving its own special magic.

Lush, green secret places with the sound of water alternately softly swirling, then falling in dramatic torrents, the nine Glens delight the senses.  Entwined with their rich beauties are equally diverse and magical stories, combining the colourful history, myth and the traditions of the communities within the glens.



  • Glenarm – The glen of the army, with Glenarm village, eleven miles north of Larne, on the famous Causeway Coastal Route.
  • Glencloy – The glen of the hedges, two miles north of Glenarm, with the village of Carnlough at its foot.
  • Glenariff – The arable or fertile glen, the best-known of the nine as the ‘Queen of the Glens’, sweeps majestically towards the village of Waterfoot.
  • Glenballyemon – Edwardstown glen, at the foot of which is Cushendall – more of less at the centre of the nine glens. glensofantrim
  • Glenaan – The glen of the colt’s foot or rush lights, a rugged glen – having the site of the legendary Ossian’s grave, with the Cushendall-Ballymoney mountain road.
  • Glencorp – The glen of the slaughtered, close by Glenaan and roughly parallel to the main road from Cushendall to Cushendun.
  • Glendun – The glen of the brown river, adjacent to Cushendun village; spanned by a viaduct on the main Cushendall-Ballycastle road.
  • Glenshesk – The sedgy glen, east of the town of Ballycastle, and sweeping towards the ruins of historical Bonamargy friary.
  • Glentaisie – Named after ‘Taisie’, princess of Rathlin Island, roughly west of Ballycastle and, like Glenshesk, close to the town.

The Glens are within a half hour drive along the coastal route from the Cottages, and is definitely a sight worth seeing whilst on your stay along the coast at Ballylinny.

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