From Carrickfergus we headed north up the stunning Antrim coast line with a detour inland to Glenariff Forest Park. We took the Waterfall Trail, which has a moderate but steep switchback trail down to the several waterfalls and a boardwalk hemmed by ferns and moss, dense shade and gold fallen leaves. It was morning still and the sun began to shine through some trees down into the hollow. We were alone and it was quiet but for our breaths and the sound of water below. It was quite sublime. Once you are at the bottom and have seen the waterfalls, however, it is quite a steep climb to the finish. It is a 1.5 mile loop but with the steps and steep incline it seemed longer. Take water and take your time, it is worth it.
|Quintessentially Irish view from Car Park at Glenariff Forest Park|