From the County Antrim town of Larne, rugged cliffs stretch north for 80 miles, broken only by nine deep green glens, each with its own unique character. First stop, Ballygally, where, no surprise in a land steeped in legend, the hotel is reputed to have a (friendly) ghost.
The Glens are equally famous for their festivals, exemplified by the Heart of the Glens festival at Cushendall in August, where everyone sings and dances from morning to night, and vice-versa. Not to be outdone, Glenarm, Carnlough and Cushendun have festival weeks in July.
Glenarm – glen of the arm
Glencloy – glen of the dykes
Glenariff – glen of the plough
Glenballyemon – Edwardstown Glen
Glanaan – glen of the little fords
Glencorp – glen of the dead
Glendun – brown glen
Glenshesk – glen of the sedges (reeds)
Glentaisie – after Taisie, princess of Rathlin Island