Quality Walk

Glenariff Forest Park, Rainbow Trail

This is an optional detour along the very popular Waterfall Walk through Glenariff Forest Park.




0.4 miles

OS Map

Sheet 9

Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type

Riverside, Woodland



Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest


Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Antrim Coast & Glens

Route Description

This is a detour section sign posted from the Waterfall Walk. It includes crossing the Rainbow Bridge and taking a path along the banks of the Glenariff River. Many varieties of woodland flowers such as lesser celandine, wood sorrel, bluebell and wood anemone can be seen in the spring time. The trail then turns deeper into the mature broadleaved woodland before it brings you back to the river. The trail crosses over the Rainbow Bridge again to rejoin the Waterfall Walk.

These walks are situated in a working forest environment and may be subject to diversion and closure from time to time.

Up to date information is available on the Forest Service web site - www.forestserviceni.gov.uk

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

Accessed via the A43 - Ballymena to Cushendall Road.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 5

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Café (wheelchair accessible)
Shop (wheelchair accessible)
Visitors Centre
Disabled toilets


Car park (fee charged), Picnic areas, Café, Shop, Toilets (disabled access), Camping and Caravaning, Electronic 'In-Touch' Information Kiosk, Way-marked/nature trails, Lecture room/Classroom, Permanent Exhibition, Guided tours available


Glenariff Forest Park Leaflet

Publication Availability

See maps/downloadable section on this page.

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