The Glens of Antrim, or, simply, the Glens, is a region of County Antrim comprised of nine glens, or valleys, that radiate inward from the coast towards Lough Neagh. The inhabitants of the several glens are descended primarily from native Irish and Hebriean Scots. The Glens are an area of outstanding natural beauty and are a major tourist attraction in north Antrim. Principle towns in the Glens are Ballycastle, Cushendun, Cushendall, Waterfoot and Carnlough. The nine glens from northernmost to southernmost are: County Antrim (Contae Aontroma in Irish) is the 9th largest of the 32 traditional counties of Ireland in terms of area, and 2nd in terms of population behind Dublin. ... Lough Neagh Lough Neagh (pronounced ; Irish Loch nEathach ) in Northern Ireland is the largest lough, or body of freshwater, in the British Isles, with an area of 388 square kilometres. ... The Hebrides comprise a wide-spread and diverse archipelago off the west coast of Scotland, and in geological terms are composed of the oldest rocks in the British Isles and Ireland. ... The Dalriada Scots originated from Ireland, from the north of the now-called countyAntrim. ...
The tenth Glen is Glenravel, it is not officially a Glen due to the fact that it does not open directly onto the sea. It lies to the southwest of Glenballyeamon and Glenariff being seperated by the Glenariff forrest park. The principal towns of Glenravel are Cargan, Martinstown and Skerry (Newtowncrumlin). Glenarm is a village in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. ...
The Glens were one of the last places in Northern Ireland where Gaelic was spoken and are rich in history and folklore, with many ruined fortresses and ancient sites scattered throughout their valleys and moors.
The largest glen is Glenariff, known as the 'Queen of the Glens', a huge U-shaped valley in which the moors taper towards dramatic headlands dropping down to the coast, with a wide beach at the village of Waterfoot.
The Glens are famous for their festivals, particularly the Heart of the Glens festival at Cushendall in August, although there are other festivals in Cushendun and Glenarm that take place in July.
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