‘Forgotten’ heavy industry heritage of scenic Glenravel glen set to be highlighted

Pictured at 'The Angel Of The Drum' near Cargan. The sculpture marks the site of a nineteenth-century Iron Ore mine

GLENRAVEL may be regarded as ‘The Tenth Glen’ because of its scenery but many are unaware that it was once home to a thriving iron ore industry but now there are plans to highlight the industial heritage.

A report to Mid & East Antrim Borough councillors said a project identified in an original feasibility study to be taken forward is the Glenravel iron ore industrial heritage trail at Cargan.

It will include the restoration and extension of the Drum Wood trail to highlight industrial heritage and include integrated interpretive strategy.

Iron ore mining developed from 1868 to 1945 in Glenravel.

Iron ore was transported to the coast for shipment.

The Glenravel mines once had largest output of iron ore anywhere in Ireland.

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