Glenariffe is arguably the most photographed and best known of the nine great Glens of Antrim, known as 'the Queen of the Glens'.
The unique Waterfall Walkway in Glenariffe Forest, opened 80 years ago, has been significantly upgraded along its 3 mile length
which passes through a National Nature Reserve.
Three waterfalls provide a rich backdrop for photographers, as do the other forest trails that offer panoramic landscapes and
peaceful riverside walks. A visitor centre, exhibition, interactive display, shop, caravan/camping site (open Easter - October)
Laragh Lodge Restaurant (open all year round) complement this "gateway to the Glens". Disabled access.
Slemish Mountain - St Patricks Trail
Slemish Mountain, the legendary first known Irish home of Saint Patrick, is located in Co. Antrim. The mountain rises about 1500 feet (437 metres) above the surrounding plain, and it is actually the central core of an extinct volcano. Slemish Mountain is open year-round and on Saint Patrick's Day (17th March) large crowds hike to the top of the mountain as a pilgrimage. The one and a half kilometre round walk to the summit and back takes approximately one hour in good weather. Excellent views can be had of the Antrim and Scottish coasts to the east. Ballymena town, Lough Neagh and the Sperrin Mountains are all normally visible to the west whilst the Bann Valley and the higher summits of the Antrim Hills can be seen to the North. The 180 metre climb is steep and rocky. The path can become very slippery in wet weather so care should be taken. As the weather in Co. Antrim can change very rapidly, please be equipped with good waterproofs and strong footwear.
Amidst the rugged landscape of this beautiful island, let your mind wander and discover a tranquillity and beauty that is so unexpected. The ferry to Rathlin leaves from Ballycastle, a 30 mile drive along the Causeway Coastal Route from Glenarm. Stay in Glenarm and you get to travel up and down this world renowned road trip on a daily basis (just like us to get to travel on it every day!)
The ferry to Rathlin Island travels just six miles across the Sea of Moyle. This island is six miles long, one mile wide, "L" shaped and home to a slowly increasing population of around 140 people.
A short walk from the harbour is the Boathouse Visitor Centre, where visitors can discover some of the exciting history, learn about present
day island life and see some artefacts from shipwrecks around the island. Enjoy many of the walks the Island has to offer including along the
shore to Mill Bay where you may see some of the resident seals basking or at play. Cycle hire is another way to enjoy the island or take
a bus trip.
From April to July is puffin season so don't miss the opportunity to see them along with lots of other sea birds. The re-furbished
seabird centre is open to the public from Easter with the added bonus of being able to explore a real working lighthouse which is
now part of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland tour.
Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge
The creak of wooden slats in the rushing wind. The waves swirling in beneath your feet. The salty spray in your nostrils. Can you handle
Carrick-a-Rede? The Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge has woven its way between Carrick Island and the County Antrim mainland for over 250 years. Swaying 30 metres above the ocean might not seem like the most relaxing way to undertake this 20-metre journey, but things have come a long way. Back in the 1970s, this crossing comprised just one handrail and a handful of gapped wooden planks. Today, although there’s a subtle shake to this sturdy bridge – just enough to thrill you – you’re in far safer hands.
The Giants Causeway
Less than hours car journey along the coastal route from Water's Edge B+B is The Giant's Causeway, renowned for its polygonal columns
of layered basalt, is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland and in 2015 was awarded the UKs Best Heritage Attraction
at the British Travel Awards.
Resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago, this is the focal point of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has
attracted visitors for centuries. It harbours a wealth of local and natural history. Sea birds can be seen off the coast around the Causeway,
with species such as fulmar, petrel and razorbill being frequently observed alongside rare and unusual plant species on the cliffs and nearby
The Giant’s Causeway is also steeped in myth and legend. Some say it was carved from the coast by the mighty giant, Finn McCool who left behind an ancient home full of folklore. Look out for clues of his existence – including The Giant’s Boot and Wishing Chair.
Belfast is approximately 40 mins in the car from Water's Edge, or why not drop the car at Larne Railway Station (20 mins) and take the train into the heart of the City.
An ideal base from which to tour the Causeway Coastal Route, Glens of Antrim and Antrim Coast - 5* star bed and breakfast accommodation with superb sea views.
THE GOBBINS CLIFF PATH
The Gobbins is an outstanding natural and sometimes unpredictable attraction and the only guided adventure walk of its kind in Europe. A 35min drive from Water's Edge B+B will take you to Islandmagee and The Gobbins Visitor Centre. The Gobbins sits within an area of Special Scientific Interest on account of its wildlife and habitats. It is one of the only mainland sites in Ireland where puffins nest and as such will always be restricted by the bird nesting season. Seasonal opening will be a feature of The Gobbins going forward and will be necessary in order for Council to carry out its annual cliff maintenance work off-peak.
TAILOR-MAID DAY TRIPS FROM WATER'S EDGE WITH MILLIKEN TOURS IRELAND - ONLY £35.00 per person (min. 2 persons)
We are delighted to team up with Seamus Milliken and his team of local guides who can provide you with a tailor-maid full day trip - go on, leave the car behind and let our local guides take you on a magical mystery tour of Antrim's Glens. They specialise in smaller groups making your experience all the more personal and will collect you from Water's Edge B+B (2 person minimum) and Subject to Availability. For as little as £35.00 per person (£30.00 per person for groups of 5 or more), Milliken Tours offer: Causeway Coast and Glens (Full Day Tour featuring Antrim Coast and Glens, Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, Ballintoy Harbour and Giants Causeway); Sacred Ireland Tour (Full Day Tour featuring 'holy mountains, valleys and rivers created by giants and protected by fairies', ancient churches, round towers and places of historical and sacred interest off the beaten track); Walking Tour of Rathlin Island (Full Day Tour of Rathlin, an island of peace and tranquillity, rugged landscapes, and exceptional wildlife).
For a more bespoke adventure, Seamus will tailor a tour to suit your needs and provide good value for money. Tell us at the time of booking and we can contact Seamus for you and arrange your tour.
(Entrance fees and food not included although Seamus can arrange and recommend places to eat, or we can prepare a picnic for you?)
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In less than an hour you can be in the centre of Belfast or exploring the magical and mythical glens of Antrim or walking on the Giants Causeway and come home to your luxury 5* accommodation at Water's Edge and watch the sun going down over the sea from your bedroom. Stay in Glenarm and travel the famous Causeway Coast Road every day!