Northern Ireland, Antrim Hills

Stone Building

Northern Ireland, Antrim Hills

The Antrim Hills are located on the east coast of Northern Ireland and, sometimes referred to as the Antrim Plateau, the hills were formed from volcanic action. In the case of the Antrim Hills, the lava/magma flowed to the surface and, as it cooled, it formed small crystalline rock known as basalt. Any soil that exists higher in the hills tends to be of poor nutrient value. Peat moss is harvested as peat logs in some areas of the Antrim Hills. Erosion action has formed the nine glens of Antrim. Peak elevation is approximately 360m.

Glendun: We started our exploration of the Glens of Antrim by traveling up the road along the Dun River. Weather while we were there threatened rain most of the time and finally began raining when we were following the trail down the Glenariff River.

Looking back down towards the east coast of Northern Ireland

Foxglove in Glendun
Foxlglove at Glendun

Lots of rain equals lots of water equals lots of streams in the hills of Antrim.
Woodland stream - Glendun

Bridge - Antrim Glens

Fireweed in Glendun
Glendun - Fireweed

Slieveanorra National Nature Reserve as seen from the top of Sleiveanorra Mountain (1676 ft).
Slieveanorra National Nature Reserve

Slieveanorra National Nature Reserve

Slieveanorra National Nature Reserve


Moyle Way is a distance walking path from Ballycastle to Glenariff and cuts across five of the Glens of Antrim.
Trail Markers

Typical state of the undergrowth in the forested areas.
Moss laden stump

Fire dam locations gathered pools of water to be used in the case of forest fires.

Obviously Red Admiral Butterflies can’t read! 🙂
Fire Dam Sign

Red Admiral Butterfly (Vanessa atalanta)

Peat moss is cored from the ground and piled like this on the hillside until it is dry and then it is transported to thee harvesters shed where it will be ready for use as a fuel in the winter.
Rows of drying peat

Peat Drying

Mr. McAlister’s wagon load of dried peat. Over the years, Mr. McAlister (sp?) and his tractor have harvested many a load of dried peat for stoking a winter fire.
Peat Wagon Full

Harvesting the Peat for Winter Warmth

I watched as tractor and peat disappeared over the hill in the distance.
Transporting peat

Bryvore Bridge
Bryvore Bridge

Sheep in Heather

Sheep in the Heather

Old stone Buildings

Glenariff: The Inver River joins the Glenariff River and from there water flows to Cushenden and the sea.

One of many smaller falls on the Glenariff River in the Glenariff Forest Park.

Falls on the Glenariff River near the rainbow Bridge in Glenariff Forest Park.
Falls on Glenariff River

Shamrocks but no leprechauns. Rain was threatening but no rainbows, no pots of gold and no leprechauns could be found on this trail along the banks of the Glenariff River.
Shamrocks but no Leprechauns

Steps down to the falls on the Glenariff River in Glenariff Forest Park.
Falls Trail

Heavy rains in recent days ensured that we were treated to many small waterfalls on the Glenariff River and kept the moss good and green.
Falls on Glenariff River


Falls on Glenariff River

Ess-Na-Larach Falls on the Glenariff River in Glenariff Forest Park, County Antrim, NI.
Ess-Na-Larach Falls

Ess-Na-Crub Falls on the Inver River in the Glenariff Forest Park County Antrim NI
Ess-Na-Crub Falls

Cushendall, NI:
Cushendall, NI

The Glens Hotel

Cushendall Golf Course

Colourful Mural

About Ron

Ron has long had an interest in photography and traveling and, in recent years, has had more time to devote to both activities. Long a Pentax user, Ron switched to Nikon gear when he went digital. The advent of the digital SLR camera, and the ease of the internet blogging process, has provided a venue for sharing his photography and travel experience at the local, national and international level. More about Ron
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