Antrim Coast and Glens AONB
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.
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 AONB.
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.