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Stretching north from Larne the nine Glens of Antrim rise and fall for over thirty miles as far as Ballycastle. There are nine Glens; Glenarm, Glenann, Glentaise, Glenballyeamon, Glenariff, Glenshesk, Glendun, Glencloy, Glencorp each with their own character and community. With land sweeping up from the coast to the Antrim Plateau, which dominates the inland landscape, the local communities have settled close to the shores and have always depended on the sea for much, which has shaped the lives and character of local life. Along this part of the Causeway Coast and Glens region are many sheltered bays with beaches such as those found at Cushendun, Cushendall, Glenarm and Carnlough. Between the sandy beaches the coast reaches out to the sea forming rocky headlands which are popular for coasterring and birdwatching.

Looking seawards Scotland is ever present and in some places is less than twenty miles away. This close proximity creates a sea channel, where the wilder, rich waters of the Atlantic and North Sea meet the lower lying waters of the Irish Sea. Each year Porpoise, Dolphins and sometimes larger mammals such as Whales have been spotted charting the coasts and feeding. A few harbours dot the coast with regulated fishing an important industry for local communities but these harbours are also home to many private sailing boats. In Cushendall some private sail boats are moored off shore during the good weather and the local Sailing and Boating Club offer lessons and have even held international championships.

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Landscapes and marine wildlife of the Glens of Antrim

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Sponges

Dercitus bucklandi, Stryphnus ponderosus, Axinella infundibuliformis,Pachymatisma johnstonia…