Walks for everyone
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Northern Ireland is superb for walking, with a range of walks to suit every mood, from those who just want to take a short stroll, to the serious rambler seeking an adventure. Our places are a delight to visit at any time of the year, but as the wildness of winter gives way to fresh bursts of spring colour, our landscaped gardens and woodlands are the perfect setting to unwind with a spring stroll. Here’s a taster of where to go:
Coastal walks around the North Coast
Marvel at the Causeway Coast and explore the Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site, with its splendid views of wild Atlantic waves. Or head for the utterly unique Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, an exhilarating challenge all year round. Further along the Atlantic coast is the landscaped estate of Downhill, where the fantastic folly Mussenden Temple poses for pictures atop a cliff-edge.
Walking around Strangford Lough
Bring your binoculars with you on a walk along the shore of Strangford Lough, one of Europe’s most rewarding bird-watching sites. Stroll around Mount Stewart gardens and walk for miles through atmospheric woodland at Castle Ward. Close by is the awe-inspiring Rowallane Garden, with rhododendrons bursting into colour and breathtaking views from the summit of Trio Hill.
Exploring County Fermanagh
Discover the Lakelands’ great mansions in Co Fermanagh. Florence Court, located at the foot of majestic Benaughlin Mountain has miles of walking and cycling trails. While the rolling parkland at Castle Coole is ideal for family walks through unspoilt nature alive with floral displays of spring bulbs.
Walking in Mid Ulster
Explore the rolling hills of Mid Ulster with a visit to Springhill in Moneymore, the perfect setting for many intriguing walks. Meanwhile, The Argory in County Armagh has amazing riverside, garden and woodland walks with wonderful sweeping views. And down the road is Ardress House where you can enjoy ‘The Lady’s Walk’ through trees and shrubs.
Seek out the gems in Belfast city. With spectacular panoramic views over Belfast, Divis and the Black Mountain is a haven for those seeking the wild countryside experience. Or enjoy Minnowburn’s riverbank, meadow and woodland walks, linking the landmarks of Shaw’s Bridge and the Giant’s Ring.
Get your walking shoes on and enjoy our wonderful walks through Northern Ireland’s spectacular coast and countryside.