This tiny village in Northern Ireland’s County Antrim is on a much-loved scenic route that travels along the country’s northwestern coast. Sadly, Glenarm is often overlooked or passed through quickly, but is a rewarding stop.
Start off with a walk along the main street, Altmore Street. The cobblestone under your feet dates back to Norman times, and the village has a rich history. It was once almost invaded by Vikings and was a base of soldiers in the Irish Rebellion of 1641.
It’s a short walk to the impressive Glenarm Castle. The castle is the home of the McDonnells — or Randal, Viscount of Dunluce, and his wife, if you want to get all posh about it — and the family can trace its roots to a Scottish clan formed in the 14th century.
You can wander the castle’s Walled Garden, with its tidy hedges. Follow the castle trail, which manages to be both informative and a good workout. Check ahead for guided tours of the castle.
The streets of Glenarm are fairly steep, so be prepared to exert yourself. There are several picturesque walks you can take. We suggest the Layde Walk, which sends you up a steep street in chase of spectacular views.
It’s worth taking a drive northwest to nearby Carnlough village for the spectacular views of the Glens of Antrim — verdant green fields in valleys that will stay with you in your dreams.
An extra hour’s drive northwest will take you to Dunluce Castle, where the McDonnell family lived until about 600 years ago. These days, perched on a cliff, the castle lies in ruins. (T)