Visitors looking for unique accommodations near Glenarm Castle can stay in the “The Barbican” a miniature castle designed William Vitruvius Morrison in 1825, at the entrance gate of the castle grounds. With a romantic appearance & setting, this unique accommodation sleeps two (1 bedroom, 1 bath) and is a perfect base when exploring the Glens of Antrim. Approached by a bridge over the Glenarm River, the Barbican Gate is made from rubble basalt with sandstone dressing. It comprises of a three-story main block with a turret staircase that leads to a rooftop sitting area. From here, guests can enjoy panoramic views of the town and countryside. Its setting and surroundings make The Barbican an ideal romantic retreat.
Walking enthusiasts can explore Glenarm Forest via a waymarked trail. Rich in a variety of plants and trees, Glenarm Forest is also one of Northern Ireland’s last strongholds of the charismatic red squirrel. The forest is small but has a wide variety of tree species such as oak, ash, beech, sycamore, Japanese larch and Sitka spruce. Covering the forest floor are plants such as bluebells, primroses, dog’s mercury and ground ivy.
For those in search of a perfect memento should visit The Steensons. Owned by Ireland’s leading contemporary goldsmiths, Dan & Brona Spencer, The Steensons have been handcrafting fine jewelry for two generations. Visitors can watch the highly skilled craftsman at work (économusée) whilst browsing the various designs on display throughout the showroom. Fans of HBO’s, “The Game of Thrones” can peruse the collection commissioned by the hit series--pieces such as Margaery Tyrell and Joffrey Baratheons wedding crowns--are a few of the items on display for visitors to enjoy.
Immaculately preserved Georgian streets paved with history, a pristine river that’s teeming with wild salmon and walks with stunning panoramas of the Glen and the coast of Scotland make up the charming and picturesque village of Glenarm--A true gem along the Causeway Coastal route that should not be missed!