near Ballycastle, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)
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The Ulster Way circumnavigates Northern Ireland, this part of the Ulster Way crosses the hills, mountains, forests, moors and farmland of County Antrim, beginning in the town of Ballycastle and ending in Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland. Leaving Ballycastle the trail rises through forests to the summit of Slieveanorra with its panoramic views, then crosses bogs to the the mountain of Trostan, not quite reaching its summit, before dropping down through forest to the very welcome Glenariff tea house. A valley takes you to the sea on a quiet road and riverside path, then there is an unpleasant walk on a very busy road to the harbourside town of Carnlough. After nearby Glenarm, there is a beautiful path across the Antrim plateau with views over steep slopes down to the sea. A final section through farmland and woods takes you to Belfast. A city famous for the Titanic and the "troubles", and a city worth spending a few nights in.
A2 Main road section
This is the start of a busy road section with no facilities for pedestrians. Best avoided by using public transport to Carnlough.
Town with harbour, traditional high street with shops, pubs, cafes and accommodation. Not the only place with this name that I have visited in Ireland.
Village with shops and café.
Belfast is a large, industrial city with a lot of history. Worth taking a tour of the sights to learn about the town's history and the strife between the Unionists (seeking to remain in the United Kingdom) and the Republicans (seeking to join the Republic of Ireland, free of British rule). A visit is recommended to the Titanic exhibition, dedicated to the "unsinkable" passenger ship that sank on its first voyage after hitting an iceberg.
Carnlough is a pretty little town by the sea with cafes, shops and accommodation as well as a small, old harbour.
Glenariff Forest Park Tea house
This cafe located in the Glenariff Forest Park is by a viewpoint, from which you can see the valley spread out before you. Nearby is a deep forested gorge.
Glenarm is a small, coastal town with a castle (closed when I passed).
Slieveanorra is a mountain (508 m high) covered in moorland, with excellent views to the north. There is a memorial to a US aircraft which crashed in 1942 and two large aerials.
Just a small village.
The Ulster Way does not quite reach the summit of Tristan (at 551 metres) but crosses its slopes on boggy moorland.