Glenariff Forest, Northern Island ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง 2019

Date: 3rd July 2019

Travelled: 63 kilometres from Cushendall to Toomebridge both in County Antrim

Visited: Glenariff Forest Park

Stayed: The Crosskeys Inn car-park, free. N54.80556, W06.42048

Budget: 31 days @ โ‚ฌ77 per day

We wake to a sunny morning and no breeze to speak of. Stepping outside the Hymer itโ€™s a very mild start to the day. Our after coffee plan, is to walk up the headland to visit a ruined church noted in the LP.


The cliff path to the Layd Church starts only a few metres from our parking spot.


The signs not easy to read but if you zoom in, you can read the history.


Pam loves the spooky parts ๐Ÿ˜ฑ.

After 15 minutes of exploring we make our way back to the Hymer and continue our adventures. From Cushendall we drive up into the Glenariff Forest Park on the A43. The LP recommends a walk here, so we turn for the car-park.



After paying our ยฃ5 parking fee, map in hand we follow the signs…



After walking steadily down stream for an hour, we find there is no escalator and the long hump out of the gorge begins. Back in the Hymer we cool down for a while before continuing on to Ballymena, which is the largest town in the County.

We had thoughts of a night out dinner and drinks in Ballymena. After walking around the town for an hour without finding anything of interest other than a some casual thing for Pam to wear around the pool in Santorini. We throw the dice and drive on for Toomebridge and The Crosskeys Inn.



The Crosskeys Inn, the oldest (circa 1740) thatch roof pub in Northern Ireland. The thatch has just been replaced as it happens.

Sitting next to Pam is Kieran the Thatcher (yes, this bloody roof took 9 months). So another day slides through to the keeper…

Michael and Pam


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