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Antrim Coast and Glens AONB

Last updated: 9 January 2015


Date of designation: 1988


Area: 72,489 ha


The coastline of County Antrim from Ballycastle to Larne and the world famous Glens of Antrim contain some of the most beautiful and varied scenery in Northern Ireland. The area is dominated by a high undulating plateau cut by deep glens which open north and eastwards to the sea. It is an area of contrasts: gentle bays are separated by blunt headlands; exposed moorland gives way to sheltered valleys; wide open expanses to enclosed farmland.

picture of a scene in the Antrim Coast and Glens

Slemish Mountain rises abruptly, its wildness in sharp contrast to the neat fields of the Braid Valley below. Rathlin Island, lying offshore to the north, is rich in historical, geological and botanical interest.

Further information can be obtained from the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust (CCGHT) webpages Antrim Coast and Glens AONBOpens in New window.

Antrim Coast and Glens AONB Management Plan

The Antrim Coast and Glens AONB Management Group, in partnership with the CCGHT, have produced a management plan for the area. The Management Plan helps everyone with a stake in the landscape respond in ways that enhance the landscape and ensure the AONB remains an area everybody can identify with and enjoy, and allow it to continue contributing crucially to the economy of the area.

The management plan covers a 10 year period and comes with associated Action Plans which detail how the goals will be attained.

picture of the Antrim Coast & Glens AONB Logo

picture of a Map of Antrim Coast and Glens AONB