Glenarm audio tour: Glenarm: Explore the first of Antrim’s Glens

Glenarm: Explore the first of Antrim’s Glens

Walking Tour

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35 mins
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2mi

About the Tour

Glenarm is the oldest chartered village in Ireland. It’s also the current seat of the Earl of Antrim. On our walking tour around this 13th Century village, you’ll hear about its architectural history, some Game of Thrones trivia, its industrial heritage and many more riveting stories.

Walking around the village, there’s lots to see and this tour points out all the little sites that you’d otherwise miss. There are plenty of photo opportunities along the way, and the chance to explore Glenarm Forest. You’ll also see many of the locations used for film and TV, and spectacular views over the bay to the Paps of Jura. There’s even a chance to find some “fairy gold” which, legend has it, is hidden on Straidkilly road.

Tour Producer

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Martin McAuley

I am a Blue badge guide who has lived and worked all my life in Northern Ireland. Seeing myself as an ambassador for the country in which I live it is my joy to share it with people from all around the world and look forward to sharing my insights with you

Major Landmarks

  • Glenarm Castle

  • Conjurers Tower

  • Glenarm Bay

Directions to Starting Point

Travelling from the south along the A2 Antrim coast road you will happen upon Glenarm, which is well sign posted. Take a left onto Mark Street and then immediately right into car park. A blue and white building that contains tourist information centre and a sign for Steenson's jewellers

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Glenarm forest is en route and is packed with Red squirrels and a wide variety of birds. Art house Tea Emporium for a wonderful cup of tea and a scone. Charlene's shop on Toberwine Street. The Castle grounds are usually open and the garden is a wonderful place to spend some time, cafe and shop is worth a trip into, where you can find amazing Shorthorn beef burgers. Public toilets are open towards the end of the tour on the sea front.

Best time of day

An hour before Sunset the views over the bay can be spectacular, especially to see the Paps of Jura, which are ont he left of the horizon at the top of the hill.

Precautions

If you struggle to climb up hill, or down hill, then this might be a problem. Please take care when crossing roads as these are rural roads and do not have pedestrian crossings.

Comments

What a wonderful tour of beautiful Glenarm. The tour guide Martin McAuley is so knowledgeable about the area and it was pleasure to listen to him not only giving a tour, but providing history and some fun facts. I especially liked the poem. Highly recommended tour.

Posted by Julie , 13 days ago
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Glenarm: Explore the first of Antrim’s Glens