This is the most popular walk in Glenarm, a tranquil picnic spot and a firm favourite with families, couples, and nature & wildlife lovers. Set off from Glenarm Forest Car Park, just through the turnstile take the path/track on your right down past the picnic benches to the river. The first sculpture is the squirrel, sitting amidst trees some of which are 28m tall. You can enjoy magnificent views of the front of Glenarm Castle across the Glenarm River which is noted for wild Salmon. A rich variety of plants and animals; Mallard, Heron, Dipper, Kingfishers and if you’re really lucky you will spot the much loved Otter family as you walk along the path at the river edge. Turn left at the Totem Pole sculpture and spot a squirrel feeder on a tree as you go up the steps.
Grab your camera, your Glenarm woodland adventure awaits with a tumbling waterfall, the scent of wild garlic and the Old Man of the Forest Sculpture at the top. Take a left turn along the gravel path and you will spot two more feeding boxes as you return.
The chance to catch a glimpse of the native Red squirrel has increased greatly in recent years thanks to voluntary efforts by local enthusiasts in supplying food- a mix of peanuts and sunflower seeds- and maintaining the feeders. Glenarm Forest is one of the best sites along the Causeway Coastal Route & the Glens of Antrim to spot the native Red Squirrel. Originally introduced to Glenarm forest in the 1970’s by Ulster Wildlife and with the ongoing voluntary effort of Glenarm Wildlife Group & the Glens Red Squirrel Group, it really is a delight to see evidence of a flourishing colony.
Whatever the season or weather Glenarm Forest Red Squirrel & Sculpture Trail is sure to have you returning again and again.
Parking in Glenarm Forest or Glenarm Visitor Centre Distance 2Km Time 1½ hour Terrain Looped Walk on tracks with a sloped descent and a stepped ascent.
TOP TIP – see if you can spot the oldest tree in Glenarm Forest. Hint – It’s a Scots Pine – Look up….way up….it’s close to the old man sculpture.