Glenarm is a truly rustic and idyllic location. Once one of the most important ports in Ireland, besieged and controlled by Irish warlords and Normans alike, Glenarm is now a quiet village, steeped in Irish history, which generously shares its history and culture with all who visit.
Immaculately preserved Georgian streets paved with history, a pristine river that’s teeming with wild salmon and walks with stunning panoramas of the Glens and the coast of Scotland come together to make up charming Glenarm Village.
One of the 9 Glens of Antrim, Glenarm epitomises the beauty of the Causeway Coast and a visit here has mesmerised and captivated many a traveller and is sure to do the same to you or your clients. A guided tour with a Glenarm resident will allow you to experience Glenarm in an intimate way, meeting people from the local community like old friends and being welcomed into this quaint yet vibrant village community.
For those with a deeper interest in arts and culture, why not let Hector Mc Donnell, one of the Mc Donnells of Antrim, historian, author, world-famous realist painter and youngest son of the thirteenth Earl and Countess of Antrim, who grew up in Glenarm Castle before leaving to study history at Eton and Oxford, give you a tour of the village and join you for lunch in the castle ground’s tea room.
With either personality, you will be exposed to Glenarm’s rich heritage, history and archaeology before entering the grounds of Glenarm Castle through the 18th century Barbican Gate where you will enjoy your sumptuous lunch within the pristine 17th Century Glenarm Castle estate, exploring the grounds, gardens and river within.
The garden is one of Ireland’s oldest and most venerated, housing some impressive flowers and specimen plants to interest the keenest garden enthusiast. This hidden delight is a treasure trove of horticultural gems–exciting herbaceous borders, beautiful water features, wonderful orchards and floral displays. A stroll around the immaculately kept gardens is perfect for stretching your legs before enjoying lunch in the Glenarm Castle Tea Room in good company.
Visit Steenson’s a working museum, or économusée, and one of Ireland’s finest silver & goldsmiths, who craft the beautiful pieces used on the beloved HBO series Game of Thrones. Here at Steensons you will have the opportunity to watch the craftsmen at their intricate work.
Seeing these dedicated masters and their beautiful creations gives an insight into how living among such panoramic beauty in Glenarm has provided a muse to their creativity and allows them to produce such masterful artwork of their own similar to the highly recognised works of the Right Honourable Hector Mc Donald.
What’s included in the tour?
Guided tour of the village
Entry and tour of the Castle and the grounds
Stunning scenery and views
Meet the local people
From £10pp (Contact Premier Experiences for group rates)