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Carnlough Conservation Area

Location: Co. Antrim
Designation date: 30 January 1981


Carnlough, known in the past as both Carnalloch and Carnalough (which in Irish means 'Cairn of the lake'), is 26 kilometres north-east of Ballymena via the A42 road which passes along the valley of the Braid River through Broughshane and the Antrim Plateau to Glencloy (known in the past as Glen Clew or Valley of Glenclue - 'Glens of the Fences').

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Carnlough is 24 kilometres north-west of Larne via the A2 main coast road which runs parallel to the coast line skirting the Antrim Plateau, through Ballygalley and Glenarm and crosses Glencloy Water and Carnlough River.
Carnlough is a linear, coastal settlement occupying, with outlying farms, a 1.5 kilometre broad strip of gently-sloping lowland ending abruptly at the 100-metre scarp of Eagle Crag and the worked-out Creggin/Gortin limestone quarries.

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