Garry Bog

The Ballymoney area has a wealth of boglands including 3 designated lowland raised bogs, Caldnagh Bog, Dunloy Bog and the internationally recognised Garry Bog.

Dunloy and Garry Bogs are two of the largest remaining areas of undamaged lowland raised bog in Northern Ireland, both of which retain a large intact dome and rare sphagnum mosses are found at both sites.

Turf cutting at Garry Bog has left an interesting mosaic of water-logged cuttings and elevated ramparts which have created a different species diversity; on sunny days you will be rewarded with dragonflies darting around such as the four spotted chaser or the white-tailed bumblebee.

Iconic species that have been seen at Garry Bog included the Irish hare bounding over the bog, the haunting call of the curlew as it flies over head in the spring time, and a few people have been rewarded with a ghostly glimpse of a barn owl as it hunts it prey at night. Visitor access to garry bog is of the B62 Ballybogy Rd road from Ballymoney to Portrush.