unlocking our unique heritage


Nine Glens Adventure Tours Ireland

Mythology, folklore and tradition

We are located on the scenic North Antrim Coast and offer a range of fully guided walking tours run by experienced and professional guides. We will guide you on walks through some of Ireland’s most scenic trails, walking through history and routes lined with uninterrupted views.

If you want to soak up local history and culture, listen to mythical tales about the North Antrim Coast and the Glens of Antrim, sit back, relax and let Nine Glens Walking Tours take care of you.

We here in the Glens Of Antrim live in a unique and mythical place, where every stone and every river is steeped in history, mythology, song and poetry. We can quite rightly be described as a micro culture within Ireland. We have our own ways, our own beliefs and our own stories. Through walking and touring with us, it is our hope and belief that we will leave an experience and impression on our visitors that will have them asking for more and visiting us time and time again.

All tours are suitable for those wanting to travel at a steady pace with time to sit and look around, whilst soaking up the atmosphere, taking pictures, and listening to Irish folklore. All walks are graded as easy to moderate.

Kevin McGowan

Our Adventures

Where will we go, what will we do?

Why choose us?

4 reasons why you’ll love our walking tours

True Small Groups

Group sizes are limited to 16 in number to facilitate a warm, friendly, and personal experience. Our ethos is Travel, Explore and Learn. We keep our groups purposely small to enhance the visitor experience.


Nine Glens Walking Tours is committed to providing the best visitor experience it possibly can. We work closely with other providers to be flexible and highly affordable. Our tours are fully insured, heavily researched, educational, and entertaining.


Nine Glens Walking Tours is a proud member of the ‘Leave No Trace Ireland’ organisation.

Off The Beaten Track

Local Guides, local knowledge! Learn about the Island way of life from locals. Fantastic exposure to hard-to-reach places.

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Kim Jackson
Kim Jackson
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We booked the tour to Rathlin, including walk, boat, lunch and trip to the lighthouse. Kevin was our guide who magically brought Rathlin alive for us. We learned so much from Kevin. He is a wealth of knowledge and obviously very passionate about his job. Great value for money. We will definitely book with this company again.
Moira McVeigh
Moira McVeigh
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I took the 90min tour of the seafront in Ballycastle along with 2 English friends. Kevin was informative and delivered it so knowledgeably and told us all little anecdotes about the famous people who had lived or visited the town. He was so interesting and I learned so much about the town and its' origins.
Kelli McRoberts
Kelli McRoberts
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Kevin facilitated a fam trip as part of our Glens Coastal Hub WorldHost Ambassador course. He was extremely professional and has a wealth of knowledge about the local area. He was very passionate and proud of this area and this came across during the tour. It was a very cold day but he made it fun and I think we all learnt lots of things that we didnt know about the area. Would highly recommend Nine Glens Walking Tours and would not hesitate in using Kevin again.

Tales from the Glens



John Mc Gildowney 1820-1887

John Mc Gildowney was born to Charles Mc Gidowney and Rosetta Boyd of the Manor House, Ballycastle. Rosetta Boyd was the Daughter of Ezekiel Davy’s Boyd and Catherine Turnley, the Turnley Family owning the Cushendall estate. We mentioned this family in a previous Ballycastle Biography. Charles and Catherine were to marry in 1819 and a year later the only son and Heir of the Ballycastle Estate. Although little is known of the early days of John’s childhood it was said that he always enjoyed sporting and sports and in particular horses, John was a massive fan of steeplechasing  and by

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