Glenballyemon - Glen of Eamon

 

The glen stretches down from the slopes of Trostan mountain in between the slopes of Tievebulliagh and Lurigethan mountain and outfows into Red Bay, the village of Cushendall is situated at the mouth of the glen.  At the top of the glen you will find the old derelict railway station of Retreat which was the last stop on the Ballymena to Parkmore railway line.

 

It was used predominantly for taking away lime and ore from the local mines at Altmore, a proposal was made to link the line to the Glenariffe narrow railway but it failed to materialize.  Glenballyemon has a couple of good locations for those who enjoy waterfalls, especially after a few days rain when then river swells and cascades down over a series of waterfalls in close succession. On the northern side below Barard mountain there is another cut in the landscape where a smaller series of waterfalls cascade down and under the road bridge.

 

The glen is unique in that you are able to travel up the Lurigethan mountain side of the glen and back down the far side into Glenariff, this is one of the Causeway Coastal Route scenic loops. Clearly visible in the landscape on the glen side area the remains of small fields of parallel raised beds, an old  farming method of potato cultivation which dates back to the 18th century.