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holly f
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Lovely walks and views! Would recommend for locals to visit for some head space and to enjoy nature or do some nice walks with the dog

MAJOR downside was the rudeness of the staff in gift shop/cafe
I wanted to get a postcard to send to family over seas and asked if I could pay by card where they answered back very rudely ‘you want to pay by card for a postcard that’s 50p?!?’
I answered back and said I didn’t have cash on me and if it was an issue I could put the postcard back. They then rolled their eyes and sighed and ‘tried’ to use the card machine and told me to tap my card (I could see they clearly didn’t even put the card machine on or type any amount on it) after doing this they announced ‘your card isn’t working!!!’ I said ok not a problem I’ll put the postcard back and to have a nice day which they then tutted and walked away.

I understand people have bad days in work but don’t take it out on the customers! Yes I know it’s probably crazy to pay with card with something so inexpensive but surely every transaction would be appreciated in the tourism sector trying to recover from the impacts of covid
Written August 7, 2022
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Dawn B
Ballymoney, UK19 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
By sorting out the parking ticket machine. We had visitors from Canada with us and went to Glenariff Forest Park on Easter Monday. We could not get any further than the car park. My husband stood in the queue to pay for parking for almost an hour and we calculated that it would be another hour before he got to the ticket machine. It was taking 4-5 minutes for each customer to complete payment at the machine and there must have been 30 people in the queue at any one time. Like many others, we gave up and left. Absolutely ridiculous! We were at the Park last August and the situation was the same. Does no-one have the gumption to sort this out either by putting in more machines or collecting the parking fee manually. A trained chimp would have been more efficient than this machine. Some hope of attracting tourists to this shambles of a place. Won't be back!!!
Written April 18, 2022
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gabe186470
Belfast, UK160 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
A walk that just was fairly uneventful, granted not helped by a rainy and misty day, but a long walk just to see two waterfalls? Expensive to park a car in the countryside for £5 for the duration of a walk, roughly an hour and a half, cheaper parking in Belfast City Centre! Anyway, dreadful signage, or more accurately a lack of signposts leading to us constantly walking into dead ends and having to retrace our steps. On the morning we visited, no catering available as restaurant still not open, even though it was a public holiday. No bins to discard our dog’s poo-bag, paths covered in cigarette ends, generally poor and inadequate upkeep.
Written June 3, 2022
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Avux99
Cheshire, UK599 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Stopped off at Glenariff in on/off blizzard conditions just to do the Waterfall walk. Only me & one other car there! Car park is £5. First part of the walk (going clockwise) is pretty easy as it’s all down into the gorge & part boardwalked. If it’s wet (or snowing !) just take your time & have good footwear. The second half of the walk is less enjoyable as there are no more waterfalls & it’s a long (over a km) trudge uphill back out of the gorge. I’m reasonably fit but still found it an arduous slog. Or maybe I’m just getting old!? Snow was the icing on the cake though, physically & metaphorically, made it somewhat magical!
Written February 15, 2020
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lizziebrown56
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
After spending a day already on the Causeway path, we only had a short day left before heading home so we wanted to do ‘the best bits’. After looking online and finding a travellers blog, they recommended this place and I am so glad we ended our holiday here! The drive was lovely and we paid £5 to park at the top. We went for the Waterfall walk which was 3km with our 2 year old and stroller (being around nap time). We did struggle from the get go with the pram down the path as it was steep and had lots of rocks/ pebbles. We ended up collapsing it and carrying it as we hit the board walk and couldn’t manage any more. The waterfalls were amazing and beautiful! At the bottom we found a restaurant which I feel like now would have been the easier option to park and go on foot without the pram the short walk up and down to the waterfalls (if I had known). There was a second area of a beautiful waterfall too over the small bridge not to be missed. The walk back up was very hard over pebbles and stones with the child back in the pram. She did sleep and together taking turns we made it back up to the top. We sat on the benches taking in the view and had lunch at the on-site cafe. I would definitely visit again in the future without the pram and doing the scenic walk instead.
Written August 15, 2023
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ei75
Northern Ireland, UK86 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
I haven’t visited here in over 20 years despite only living an hour away. I’m been meaning to take my kids for years (14 & 9). We took the Waterfall trail which is 3km. It’s quite steep going down & can be a bit slippy. We’d wellies on so not the best grip. We’d had quite a bit of rain so the waterfalls were amazing with the water flowing fast. The walk back up is hard going and I’d to stop several times. I’m so unfit but it was well worth it. The coffee shop was closed because of covid but toilets were opened & very clean. We didn’t have to pay for the car park or entry and we’d brought a picnic so didn’t spend any money!
Written October 25, 2020
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fussybuttrue
90 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
Such a beautiful place.
I'm not an elderly person but I do have a few ailments.
I had seen pictures all over social media about this spectacular waterfall.
So we called off with my 2 dogs.
The walk down is steep, mainly steps but they do get very slippy towards the bottom so be careful, especially if your dog gives the ultimate tug on the lead.

Unfortunately we didnt get to spend too long as there was photographers standing taking up most of the bridge with all their bags & tripods!

I'll attach a pic, it sounds very powerful.

My problem started on the way back up. I was glad I took my heart medication that day anyway.
Its extremely steep, the incline back up is a wider path and thankfully there are seats but my goodness its steep.

On the quick Google search it said 2.5km walk - it felt like triple that, so be very cautious if you've a medical condition. I wish I knew this as it ruined the rest of my trip from illness.

I do believe you can park at the restaurant and walk from there, wish we done that!
Written September 2, 2021
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mjh123
West Midlands, UK150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Parked at Laragh Lodge (free) and had lunch. Walking trails accessible from lodge. We decided to do scenic trail. Start was quite steep climb and then more managable incline to top of ridge. Although quite hard work (for non-hiker), views were amazing. Virtually no-one else around and so it was extremely quiet and peaceful.

It was a circular walk that goes past the visitor centre/ cafe/ toilets, and last section is mainly downhill past the various waterfalls. Cafe was closed when we passed by (at 4:30pm) but toilets were open.

Signage could be better, but was sufficient for us and we did not get lost.

It took us 2.5hrs in total from leaving after lunch to getting back to Laragh Lodge. Although this included several stops for a rest and to take some pictures.

Overall it was a really nice walk.

Written July 12, 2022
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jackson34
sheffield12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Such a beautiful place and well worth taking time to travel to. We did the waterfall walk at 3km. It is a very steep descent and ascent but so worth it for the spectacular views and tranquility when down by the valley floor. The recent rains made the waterfalls all the more spectacular! Parking was free and there are toilets and a small cafe on site. We stopped in for a cuppa and a cake and found it clean and well laid out for social distancing.
Written August 30, 2020
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AmandaM83
Aurora, Canada80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Selected the waterfall trail as park closed at 9pm and it was past 630pm. The scenic trail takes 2.5 hours and you see it all. Waterfall trail was lovely lush and green. Got bit by some midgies. But had a great workout heading back to car park. Not ideal for anyone with mobility issues. Very scenic and an area at the bottom by Laragh lodge to swim. Thumbs up!!
Written June 17, 2022
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