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Northern Ireland Walks

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Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Ballypatrick Forest2 miles (3 km)This large forest in Northern Ireland has miles of footpaths to try. This 2 mile circular walk follows a waymarked trail from the Horseshoe car park at the north western edge of the woods. It's a lovely trail with broadleaved and conifer trees, a series of small ponds and nice views of the Glenmakeeran River. View Full Details>>
Banagher Glen5 miles (8 km)Follow the riverside trail through these ancient oak woodlands and look out for red squirrels on this walk through the beautiful Banagher Glen Nature Reserve. The walk takes you through a steep ravine along the Altnaheglish river leading to the Altnaheglish Reservoir at the end of the route. Along the way you'll pass oak, ash, hazel, hawthorn and holly trees with lots of wildlife to look out for. There's also pretty waterfalls, wonderful views of the Sperrin Mountains and the splendid Banagher Dam to enjoy. View Full Details>>
Belfast11 miles (18 km)This walk takes you on a tour of the best parks, woodland and rivers in around the city centre of Belfast. View Full Details>>
Belvoir Park Forest2 miles (3.5 km)This large park in Belfast has some nice woodland trails and views of the River Lagan which runs right through the forest. It is unusual to find a working forest within a city so the area is well worth a visit. The woods have a number of waymarked trails to try with lots of woodland wildlife to look out for. There are also interesting historic sites includingthe 12th century Norman motte andIce House. View Full Details>>
Ben Crom Reservoir2 miles (4 km)Enjoy a short hike above this pretty reservoir in the Mourne Mountains. The reservoir was constructed between 1953 and 1957 and supplies water for County Down, the surrounding counties and most ofBelfast. View Full Details>>
Carnfunnock Country Park2 miles (2.5 km)Enjoy waymarked trails, pretty gardens and lovely views of the Antrim Coastin this country park nearLarne in County Antrim. There's 191 hectares to explore with woodland trails, a maze, a beautiful sculptured walled garden and a wonderful coastline. View Full Details>>
Carrick-a-Rede2 miles (2.5 km)This popular coastal walk crosses the famous rope bridge to visit Carrick-a-Rede Island on Northern Ireland's Causeway Coast. View Full Details>>
Castle Ward2 miles (4 km)The Castle Ward estate covers 332 hectares (820 acres)with an 18th-century mansion, landscaped gardens and miles of great cycling and walking trails. The estate overlooks the beautiful Strangford Lough and includes the brilliant Lough Trail walking and cycle route. The National Trust have devised six great trails which expose you to the wonderful scenery around the estate. Features include the woodland trails in Castle Ward Forest, a waterside path along Temple Water and the lovely Walled Garden. View Full Details>>
Castlewellan Forest Park2 miles (4 km)Enjoy a walk around Castlewellan Lake and Arboretum in County Down. The parkcontains the nationalArboretumof Northern Ireland with a variety of interesting specimens from all over the world. There is also a peace maze and the the Scottish baronial Castlewellan castle. It's a lovely place, with views towards the Mourne Mountains and surrounding countryside to enjoy. The park is also great for mountain biking with green, blue and red grade trailsto try. View Full Details>>
Cave Hill Country Park3 miles (5 km)Visit this wonderful country park and enjoy fabulous views over Northern Ireland on this circular walk in Belfast. On a clear day you can see as far as theIsle of Manand Scotland from the high points. View Full Details>>
Comber Greenway7 miles (12 km)This cycling and walking trail runs along National Cycle Network route 99 and a disused railway line from Belfast to Comber. It makes for a great traffic free cycle along a nice tree lined tarmac path. As such it's great for families or anyone looking for an easy introduction to cycling. The route runs for about 7 miles from Dee Street in East Belfast to the town of Comber in County Down. You'll pass the C. S. Lewisstatue at the Holywood Arches, and the Bloomfield Walkway in Belfast before enjoying nice views of Stormont, Scrabo Tower, the Harland & Wolff cranes and the Belfast Hills. View Full Details>>
Crawfordsburn Country Park1 miles (1 km)Follow the waymarked walking trails through this large country park in County Down View Full Details>>
Cuilcagh Mountain13 miles (21 km)This challenging circular walk climbs to the summit of Cuilcagh Mountain, the highest point in theBreifne Mountains. The mountain sits on the border betweenCounty Fermanagh(inNorthern Ireland) andCounty Cavan(in theRepublic of Ireland). It's a very popular hike with the route to the summit taking place on the waymarked Cuilcagh Way. View Full Details>>
Giant's Causeway2 miles (3.5 km)This spectacular coastal causeway in Northern Ireland has a unique polygonallandscape feature. In a 2005 poll ofRadio Timesreaders, the Giant's Causeway was named as the fourth greatest natural wonderin theUnited Kingdom. The geological features include the 'Organ' where huge columns of basalt resemble Organ Pipes. You'll also pass the the Giant's Boot and a natural stone throne known as the Wishing Chair. You can also climb the 167 Shepherd's Steps for wonderful views across the coast. The is also a nature reserve so look out for a variety of flora and fauna including many species of plants, fungi, lichen, birds, spiders, beetles and butterflies. View Full Details>>
Glenariff Forest Park1 miles (2 km)This 1185hectare(2928acre) forest has miles of walking trails including the waterfall walk and scenic trail. View Full Details>>
Gosford Forest Park4 miles (6 km)Follow the way marked trails through this large park near the village ofMarkethill in County Armagh. It's a great place for walking with miles of woodland trails, streams, waterfalls, ponds, grassland and a lovely arboretum to visit. View Full Details>>
Kilbroney Forest Park5 miles (8 km)This fantastic forest park in Rostrevor has miles of good walking trails to try. This walk takes you along the pretty Glen Stream before climbing to Slieve Martin for great views over the area. Carlingford Lough, the Norman Narrowwater Castle and the surrounding Mourne Mountains are clearly visible from the summit. You can also enjoy easier footpaths along the Kilbroney River and through the Fairy Glen in Kilbroney Park at the start of the route. View Full Details>>
Lady Dixon Park2 miles (2.5 km)This 128 acre park in Belfast is a great place for an afternoon stroll. The park consists ofmeadows, woodland and gardens with a number of well laid out footpaths to follow. View Full Details>>
Lagan Towpath21 miles (34 km)This cycle and walking route follows the towpath of the River Lagan from Belfast to Lisburn along National Cycle Network routes 9 and 93. It's a nice surfaced path making it ideal for families or anyone looking for a safe traffic free ride. View Full Details>>
Lagan Valley Regional Park2 miles (3 km)Starting from the Shaw's Bridge car park follow the Lagan towpath along the river Lagan on this lovely walk in Belfast. In the park there are a variety of habitats including wet meadows, ponds, mixed beech woodland and attractive parkland. The towpath makes for a nice, easy waterside cycle or walk. View Full Details>>
Mount Stewart1 miles (1.5 km)Enjoy the woodland trails, lakeside paths and beautiful gardens surrounding this 19th-century house in County Down. The footpaths are surfaced and well laid out so it is a nice easy walk for families or anyone looking for a peaceful afternoon stroll. There's 950 acres (380ha)of National Trust managed estate to explore through farmland, woodland, orchards and a walled garden. The highlight is probably the lovely 7 acre lake which is surrounded by paths lined with Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Magnolias. There's also statues, follies and other interesting structures such as the Temple of the Winds. From this octagonal building there are great views towards Strangford Lough, the Mourne Mountains and Belfast Hills. The area is great for wildlife spotting too. Look out for buzzards, red squirrels and various butterflies around the meadows. View Full Details>>
Murlough Bay4 miles (6.6 km)This walk explores the beautiful Murlough National Nature Reserve near Newcastle in Northern Ireland. The reserve is managed by the National Trust so there's a car park, visitor centre, and a network of well laid out footpaths. The reserve consists of a 6000 year old sand dune system, woodland, heathand a wonderful beach. The views across Dundram Inner Bay towards the Mourne Mountains are also exceptional. View Full Details>>
Newry Canal20 miles (32 km)Enjoy a walk or cycle along the Newry Canal on this waterside route in Northern Ireland. The route follows National Cycle Network Route 9 along the canal towpath from Newry to Portadown. It's about 20 miles and makes for a nice, easy cycle or walk. The route passes a series of old stone bridges and pretty locks. The views of the surrounding countryside are great and you should also see lots of water loving wildlife along the way. View Full Details>>
Oxford Island1 miles (2 km)Visit this beautiful nature reserve on the shores of Lough Neagh on this easy circular walk. There's 282 acres (113 hectares) to explore on a series of good footpaths and walking trails. Habitats in the reserve include reed beds, open water, species rich wet grassland, wildlife ponds and wildflower meadows. There's lots of wildlife to look out including a variety of butterflies and birds such as Lapwing, Curlew and Goldeneye. You can also have a stroll along the pretty Kinnego Marina and enjoy wonderful views over Lough Neagh. View Full Details>>
Peatlands Park3 miles (5.5 km)Follow the walking trails around this large park in County Armagh. The park is located near Lough Neagh and Dungannon. There's a number of good waymarked, colour coded walks taking you around the 680 acre site. The park consists of peatlands, orchards, woodland, boardwalks and two nature reserves. You can park at the car park and then follow the trails east through woodland to the pretty Derryadd Lake. There's lots of wildlife to look out for with butterflies, damselflies and birds such as meadow pipits and cuckoos. View Full Details>>
Redburn Country Park2 miles (3 km)This country park in Belfast has miles of nice footpaths to try. In the park you'll find woodland trails and moderate hill climbs with splendid views towards the city and the Antrim Hills. View Full Details>>
Roe Valley Country Park2 miles (3 km)Enjoy a waterside walk along the River Roe in this country park near Limavady. You can start your walk from the visitor centre next to the ornamental lake. The footpaths then follow the River Roe which meanders pleasantly through the park. Along the way there are pretty waterfalls, spectacular gorges and attractive woodland. In the warmer months the park is covered with pretty wildlflowers. View Full Details>>
Scrabo Tower1 miles (1 km)Scrabo Hill and country park is located near Newtownards in County Down, Northern Ireland. You can follow footpaths to the top of the hill where you will find the well known landmark Scrabo Tower. The 19th century tower is 125 feet (38m) high and visible for miles around. The views from the summit of Scrabo Hill extend toStrangford Lough, the Mourne Mountains and the Scottish coast. You can pick up the footpath from the car park. It's a short climb of less than half a mile but quite steep. View Full Details>>
Silent Valley Reservoir2 miles (3.7 km)This walk takes you through the beautiful Silent Valley in the Mourne Mountains. There's lovely woodland trails to follow along the River Kilkeel to the Silent Valley Dam, with views across the water to the surrounding mountains. It's about a 2 mile stroll on fairly flat paths so suitable for most abilities. View Full Details>>
Slemish Mountain1 miles (1.5 km)Follow the Slemish Path to the 1437 ft summit of this mountain in County Antrim View Full Details>>
Slieve Donard5 miles (8 km)Climb to the highest peak in Northern Ireland on this challenging walk in the Mourne Mountains. It's a beautiful area with a waterside section along the Glen River a real highlight of the walk. The river has rocky pools, pretty waterfalls and surrounded by attractive woodland. The climb to the summit passes along the Mourne Wall which runs for 22 miles over 15 mountains. It was constructed in the early part of the 20th century. View Full Details>>
Spelga Dam1 miles (1.5 km)This walk explores the Spelga Reservoir in the Mourne Mountains of County Down. View Full Details>>
Tollymore Forest Park6 miles (10 km)Enjoy miles of woodland trails and a waterside stroll along the beautiful Shimna River on this circular walk in the Mourne Mountains. There are 1,600 acres to explore with the park surrounded by mountains and located close to the coastal town of Newcastle in County Down. In the park there are four colour code trails to follow of varying lengths. The trails are all signposted and visit the arboretum, the Shimna River and the two forested hills known as the Drinns. View Full Details>>

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