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Tour Guides

Situated one hour from Belfast, off the stunning Causeway Coastal Route, Glenariff is rightly known as ‘The Queen of the Glens’. The Glenariff Tea House is situated in the Forest Park at the head of the glen and offers patrons excellent home-made food set against a backdrop of magnificent views. Facilities on site include coach parking, a gift shop and interpretative centre, all with disabled access. Refreshments on offer as an integral part of the tour include morning coffee, a healthy lunch or our famous afternoon tea. Catering for church outings, coach parties and schools, bespoke menus can be created to suit every need and occasion. Glenariff Teahouse also offers themed itineraries and workshops delivered by experienced guides and including

Photographing the Landscape
Storytelling & Creative Writing Myths & Legends
Flower Arranging

All itineraries are flexible and can be tailored to clients needs. Click here for sample itinerary.

Liz Gough - Storyteller & Writer

Liz Gough is a native of Belfast and has worked in education throughout her career. Immersed in oral tradition, tales and literature in her formative years, she has taken her childhood passion for stories into her adult life with her work featuring in books, on TV. and radio. A member Storytellers of Ireland’, Liz has performed at many differing venues both at home and around the world. Building on the commissions she has received and awards in recognition of her work, Liz has established ‘talestotell’ to promote and celebrate the role stories have in our everyday lives, history and identity. Liz’s enthusiasm for the written word will motivate and encourage the budding writers on this course.

Janie McKillop - Flower Arranging Demonstrations

Floral design is much more than simply putting flowers into a vase or container, rather it is the art of using plants and flowers to create a pleasing and balanced composition. Janie’s enthusiasm and love of flower arranging has developed into an eagerness to share her passion with others. Her classes and demonstrations are informative, entertaining and above all enjoyable. Janie’s easy manner and amusing tales of her many experiences never fail to delight her audiences and classes.

Bob Curran - Myths & Legends of the Glens

Born in a rural area of County Down, Bob Curran has held down a number of jobs since leaving school. These include postman, journalist, civil servant, teacher and even grave-digger. Bob has obtained a Doctorate in Educational Psychology and has been heavily involved in community education. He currently lives on the north coast with his wife and family. Bob has written extensively on history and folklore and his work has been translated into a number of languages. His interest in the myths, legends, folklore and history of the Glens and North Antrim will ensure that a tour of this area with Bob as your guide is both informative and rewarding.

Arthur Ward - Photographing the Landscape

Originating from the townland of Cloughcorr in County Antrim, Arthur now resides in Bushmills and since given his first camera at age 11 has followed his passion and interest for photography and the visual arts. Arthurs’ work has featured in editorials and magazines and he has published two books of landscape images. Arthur’s knowledge of North Antrim and the Glens is unsurpassed and his appreciation of the beauty of the landscape in imagery makes him an ideal guide for visitors. Photography has been an obsession for Arthur and his willingness to pass on his knowledge and skills will help bring a visit to this area rich rewards and photographic memories that will be a pleasure to share with friends and family.

Themed Tours Include

Photography in the Landscape – Arthur Ward

  • Travel to Glenariff Forest Park via Causeway Coastal Route
  • Arrive @ 10.00am
  • 10.30am Morning Tea/Coffee & Scone at Glenariff Tea House
  • 11.00am Introduction to Photographing the Landscape by Arthur Ward
  • 11.30am Guided Tour of Glenariff Forest Park with practical photographic tips and guidance
  • 12.30pm Lunch at the Tea House
  • 1.30pm Depart for Guided Tour of the Glens & North Antrim Coast
  • 4.00pm Arriving in Ballycastle for short break Introduction to Creative Writing. p.

Liz Gough

  • Travel to Glenariff Forest Park via Causeway Coastal Route Arrive @ 10.00am – Registration & Introductions
  • 10.15am Putting Pen to Paper – Writing Discipline 11.00am Tea/Coffee & Scone
  • 11.30am Developing as a Writer
  • 1.00pm Lunch at the Tea House
  • 2.00pm Short-Story, Poetry or Life Writing 3.30pm Afternoon Tea
  • 4.00pm Demonstration, Practice and Close

Artist Workshops

Glenariff Teahouse also offers Artist Workshops – artists are invited to learn how to capture the stunning scenery on paper and canvas on our watercolour and oil painting courses. All itineraries are flexible and can be adapted to suit client needs.

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Glenariff Tea House
98 Glenariffe Road
Ballymena, Moyle
BT44 0QX
028 2175 8769
07703 328 961