Cold, wet, the mist hanging low over the hills. Why did I think this was a good idea today? That's what was going through my head as I parked up. It's Glenariff though, Queen of The Glens. You have views, forest, waterfalls. Even in the rain it's going to impress.
Glenariff, from the Irish Gleann Aireamh, meaning 'arable valley', is one of the nine Antrim Glens in Northern Ireland with Glenariff Forest Park covering over 1,000 hectares.
Plenty of walks to choose from, the shorter waterfall walk is fantastic and great for the family, though I took the 6km trail - about 2 hours with stops to take photos and just admire the views.
You start out from the car park winding your way down the hill to the river. I'd forgot lunch so handy enough there's a pub by the river. Quick refreshment then along past a waterfall and cross the river heading up the other side.
Beautiful forest walk, then out in the open, back up the other side and the views! Waterfalls, the river, the valley. You need a moment just to pause and take it all in. Not much more to say about Glenariff other than it's worth a day of your time at the very least.