Glenarm – Glen of the Army

 

Like all most of the nine glens you will find a settlement located where the glen meets the ocean. Here we have the old and very characteristic village of Glenarm with Glenarm Castle and Demense as the main focal point for the village.  The glen has fabulous walks and panoramic views, five minutes from the village takes you into a wooded riverside walk. Across the river lies the castle estate and a walled garden which is also open to the public.

 

The main identity of the glen is Glenarm Castle and Estate which has been the seat of the McDonnell clan since 1750, having moved here from Dunluce Castle and Ballymagarry House.  The glen has several tombs, raths and ruins which chart settlement from the Neolithic period  to the present day. The accessibility of water in what was a densely forested landscape and the abundance deposits of flint, iron ore and limestone made the location attractive to early man. Excavations of one rath by the Department of the Environment shows occupation from 500 to 950AD.

 

The Slemish Scenic Drive  from Glenarm follows the glenside onto the Antrim plateau to Slemish mountain where St Patrick was held as slave and where he returned to convert his ex master to Christianity.   At the front of Glenarm Castle are the remains of the ancient church of Templeoughter where it is said the body of Shane O'Neill was buried after he was slain near Cushendun by the McDonnells in 1567.