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The Glens of Antrim,[1] known locally as simply The Glens, is a region of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It comprises nine glens (valleys), that radiate from the Antrim Plateau to the coast. The Glens are an area of outstanding natural beauty and are a major tourist attraction in north Antrim. The main towns and villages in the Glens are Ballycastle, Cushendun, Cushendall, Waterfoot, Carnlough
Carnlough
and Glenarm. The Glens are mentioned in the song "Ireland's Call". The Lordship of the Glens, from the mid-13th century, first belonged to the Scoto-Irish Norman Bissett family. In the mid-16th century it came into the ownership of the MacDonnells of Antrim. The nine glens from northernmost to southernmost are:

Irish name Meaning Ref

Glentaisie Gleann Taise Taise's valley/damp valley [1][2]

Glenshesk Gleann Seisc barren valley [1]

Glendun Gleann Doinne valley of the [river] Dun [1][2]

Glencorp Gleann Corp valley of the body[citation needed] [1]

Glenaan Gleann Athain valley of the burial chamber [2][3]

Glenballyeamon Gleann Bhaile Uí Dhíomáin Gleann Bhaile Éamainn valley of Ó Dhíomáin's town valley of Éamonn's town [1][2]

Glenariff Gleann Aireamh valley of the ploughman/arable valley [1][3]

Glencloy Gleann Claidheamh valley of the sword [1]

Glenarm Gleann Arma valley of the army [1][3]

Glenravel is sometimes considered a tenth glen. It lies to the southwest of Glenballyeamon and Glenariff, being separated from the latter by the Glenariff
Glenariff
forest park. The main settlements of Glenravel are Cargan, Martinstown and Skerry
Skerry
(Newtowncrommelin).

Contents

1 Archaeology 2 See also 3 References 4 External links

Archaeology[edit]

The "Madman's Window" as described, ca. 1860

In the Glens there is evidence of Neolithic
Neolithic
communities. At Glencloy, Neolithic
Neolithic
people had megalithic tombs in the uplands, while they lived in settlements near the coast at the end of the valley. The beaches were sources of flint, as evidenced by stone tool (lithic) production sites in the glens. At Madman's Window (near Glenarm) Neolithic chipping floors and stone axe rough outs were found along with Neolithic
Neolithic
pottery, scrapers, flakes, and leaf-shaped arrowheads. At Bay Farm in Carnlough, a Neolithic
Neolithic
site near marshland, archaeologists found occupation debris, charcoal, postholes, flint cores, axes and Neolithic
Neolithic
pottery.[4] See also[edit]

Glendun

Glens of Antrim
Glens of Antrim
Historical Society

References[edit]

^ a b c d e f g h i Logainm.ie (Placenames Database of Ireland) ^ a b c d Moyle District Council Area, Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Place-Name Project, Queen's University Belfast ^ a b c Place Names NI Archived October 1, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. ^ O'Sullivan, Aidan; Breen, Colin (2007). Maritime Ireland. An Archaeology of Coastal Communities. Stroud: Tempus. p. 63. ISBN 978-0-7524-2509-2. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Glens of Antrim.

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Historical Society [1] Children's short story set in the Antrim Glens Landscapes Unlocked - Aerial footage from the BBC Sky High series explaining the physical, social and economic geography of Northern Ireland.

Coordinates: 55°09′36″N 6°06′00″W / 55.16000°N 6.10000°W / 55.16000; -6.10000

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Places in County Antrim

List of places in County Antrim

Cities

Belfast
Belfast
(part) Lisburn
Lisburn
(part)

Towns

Antrim Ballycastle Ballyclare Ballymena Ballymoney Carrickfergus Larne Newtownabbey Portrush Randalstown

Villages

Aghagallon Aghalee Ahoghill Aldergrove Armoy Aughafatten Ballinderry Upper Ballinderry Lower Ballintoy Ballybogy Ballycarry Ballyeaston Ballygally Ballylinny Ballynure Ballyrobert Ballystrudder Ballyvoy Balnamore Bendooragh Broughshane Buckna Bushmills Capecastle Cargan Carnalbanagh Carncastle Carnlough Clogh Cloghmills Cogry-Kilbride Craigarogan Crumlin Cullybackey Cushendall Cushendun Dervock Derrymore Doagh Donegore Drains Bay Dunadry Dundrod Dunloy Gawley's Gate Glenarm Glenavy Glenoe Glynn Gracehill Grange Corner Greenisland Groggan Kells-Connor Kellswater Keshbridge Killead Knocknacarry Longkesh Loughguile Lurganure Lurganville Maghaberry Magheramorne Martinstown Mill Bay Millbank Milltown Moneyglass Monkstown Moss-Side Mounthill Mullaghboy Newtown Crommelin Parkgate Portballintrae Portbraddon Portglenone Rasharkin Roughfort Stoneyford Straid Stranocum Templepatrick Toome Tullynacross Waterfoot Whitehead

Townlands

Ballycraigy Barmeen Bonnybefore Broomhedge Broomhedge
Broomhedge
Lower Carnmoney Dunamuggy Dunmurry Dunseverick Galgorm Parks Glengormley Jordanstown Kilroot Lambeg Lisnagarvy Loughlynch Monkstown Rathcoole Solar Tobergill White Abbey

Landforms

Belfast
Belfast
Lough Benbane Head Black Mountain Cavehill Divis Fair Head Giant's Causeway Glens of Antrim Glenariff
Glenariff
Forest Park Islandmagee Lagan Valley Larne
Larne
Lough Lough Beg Portmore Lough Rathlin Island Scawt Hill Slemish Slieve True Slieveanorra Forest Tievebulliagh Waterloo Bay

Baronies

Antrim Lower Antrim Upper Belfast
Belfast
Lower Belfast
Belfast
Upper Carrickfergus Cary Dunluce Lower Dunluce Upper Glenarm
Glenarm
Lower Glenarm
Glenarm
Upper Kilconway Massereene Lower Massereene Upper Toome
Toome
Lower Toome
Toome
Upper

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