BALLYMENA TO CUSHENDALL GREENWAY
“The Glens of Antrim Greenway”
Rising from the Braid River valley, this potential pathway would soar to be Ireland’s highest greenway as it crosses the Glens of Antrim from the bustling town of Ballymena to the coastal peace of Cushendall.
And the cutting through Glenariff Forest Park is a place of tangible magic..
|Expected||2026 to 2040|
|Title||Belfast and Northern Counties Railway|
|Councils||Mid and East Antrim Borough Council|
|Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council|
Article: The Glens of Antrim Greenway (September 2015)
“The footprint of the abandoned Ballymena, Cushendall and Red Bay Railway winds silently through the Glens of Antrim. The scenery along the old narrow gauge railway route is truly magical; it’s time to make a nailed-on tourism case for creating a walking and cycling greenway to lift the local economy.
“While decades of farming and community growth makes a route out from Ballymena challenging to say the least, the upper reaches of the old line sit in plain view and unhindered by recent human development.
September 2015: NI Greenways publishes article on “The Glens of Antrim Greenway“
June 2016: MEABC applies to Stage 1 of the DfI Small Grants Programme for Greenways competition
EXPLORE THE HISTORIC ROUTE
GREENWAY PROJECTS WHICH INTERSECT
A 26km route along the former narrow gauge railway from Ballymena to Ballyclare (and eventually Larne).
Successful greenway projects are driven by the passion of local people. If you have an update to share, a story to tell about the history of the route or future of the Ballymena to Cushendall Greenway, or if you want to submit a picture or video to this page, please get in contact.