Gleno Waterfall

Gleno waterfall is easy to access and is beautiful, there is bench near the waterfall where you can sit and enjoy it. The short hike there is easy.

Location: Waterfall Road, Gleno, County Antrim, BT40 3LE

This path is located at the edge of Gleno village, 4 miles south of Larne, on the B99. This walk is both circular and linear, as it consists of a maze of paths and steps connected to two car parks. It is all off-road covering a distance of 0.4 miles (700 metres) allow 20 minutes for walking and exploring, plus options 0.4 miles / 700 m around the village. Dogs are allowed on a lead. This site is owned by the National Trust.

This is a moderately difficult walk which although short, is located on the side of a steep gorge so there are numerous steps to negotiate.

To start, there are two small National Trust car parks both situated off the B99 immediately west of the village. They are about 200m apart. Follow the signposts.

Refreshments can be found at The Dairy, Gleno and Dairyside Stores on the Waterfall Road or Billy Andy’s pub of Mounthill, 2 miles from the village.

The south car park is in a higher position than the north one but they both give spectacular and different perspectives of the waterfall and river. Directly across from the south car park on the other side of the gorge, Raloo Parish Church,consecrated in 1842, can be seen. From this car park the paths are accessible from the road.

The north car park is located further inland from the road and has a picnic table, situated in a pleasant clearing that overlooks Black Hill.

The maze of paths and steps take you all around and across and up and down the western side of the glen, always within the lovely sound of falling water. At several points you will be right beside the river, only a few metres from the waterfall itself.

Do not attempt to stand on the wet rocks as they are very slippery. There are beautiful ferns, ivy, bluebells and moisture-loving mosses draped along or clinging to the vertical rock face and in the crevices.

The village can be accessed by a path on the other side of the bridge at the level of the river. The town boasts one of the steepest main streets of any Ulster village and leads past a picturesque terrace of former labourer’s cottages.


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