The Glenariff  Scenic Drive is another two glen experience which takes in both Glenariff, the largest of the nine glens of Antrim and Glenballyeamon. The glens form two sides of Lurig mountain which overlooks Cushendall.   If you take the route from Waterfoot you will climb up the side of Glenariff which has stunning panoramas, some descriptions refer to it looking like a mini Switzerland. On the way up there are a couple of active roadside waterfalls before you arrive at Larragh Lodge, the access to one of the most visited waterfalls in the glens.

 

Further up the road you can enter Glenariff Forest Park, there is a charge to park there but the area has some outstanding forest and river walks as well as picnic sites. Glenariff is a U shaped valley cut by glacial activity some 10,000 years ago.  The glen once had a narrow guage railway running down the side which took iron ore from the top to a pier by the shore which crossed the road by a limestone bridge, you can still see the old limestone engine house and workers cottages.

 

At the very top  of Glenariff  where you turn right to head for Glenballyeamon there is the old ruin of Parkmore Station, this was where visitors would arrive by train from Ballymena and then travel by horse and trap down to Cushendall. Glenballyeamon Scenic Route which is one of the highest viewpoint roads in the glens has panoramic views over Glenballyeamon and Glencorp, as well as to Trostan mountain, Glenaan and Scotland. The road descends down the side of Lurig into Cushendall where it rejoins the Causeway Coastal Route.

 

The highlights of these glens are the views, waterfalls, forest and ferrel goats. Glenariff also has the 'classic' remains of ladder fields. This was how the landlord would divide the ground for tenant farmers so each would get an equal share of fertile ground in the valley to rocky land higher up.