Glenariff Forest Park – Exploring the Emerald Isle

Glenariff Forest Park in Ballymena is one of the nine Antrim glens of Northern Ireland and is known as ‘Queen of the Glens’. This stunningly beautiful area is a huge attraction to visitors, and it is not hard to see why. If you enjoy walking, then you will need to have a fairly good fitness level to hike this terrain, and decent equipment such as hiking socks Ireland based company https://basecamp.ie/outdoor-footwear-dublin/hiking-socks.html can offer as well as sturdy boots – you don’t want to return home with blisters as your souvenir after all!

If you are looking for stunning forest scenery, then this is the place for you. At some points it can only be described as enchanted, and your hard work walking around the rocky gorges will pay off as you stumble across secluded forest clearings, stunning lakes and beautiful waterfalls cascading through the rocks. The boardwalk is 100 years old but has been reconstructed so that it is safe to walk on and provides a fantastic walk with breath-taking views.

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As well as walking, this is a great place for families to enjoy – children can run around and burn off energy, and you can bring a picnic and even enjoy riding horseback through the forest.

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It is also home to wildlife such as hen harriers and hares, both of which are seldom seen in the wild nowadays – unless you know where to look! As well as these, you may also be lucky enough to spot the British Isles rare and native Red Squirrel, which still thrives in the forest here.