Autumn nature walks in Northern Ireland

Pick blackberries and discover conkers on an autumn nature walk

Whether you choose a light stroll through the countryside or a hike along rugged coastal paths, an autumn walk is the perfect way to discover the nature and wildlife that thrives at this time of year.

Amongst the woodland colours, look out for the abundance of mushrooms and toadstools springing up after living underground all year. Nature's rich bounty can be seen along vibrantly bejewelled hedgerows laden with blackberries, rose hips, crab apples, hazel nuts and seeds.

Go in search of sweet, juicy blackberries; hunt for conkers freshly fallen from a chestnut tree or see if you can spot a shy red squirrel as you explore the great outdoors.

Wrap up warm, get your boots on and drink in the fresh air as you enjoy your autumn walk.

Castle Ward as seen from above in Autumn

Autumn on the estate

Castle Ward is particularly spectacular in autumn when the colours change and there is still plenty to discover on the estate.

Florence Court house autumn

Autumn at Florence Court

Visit us this Autumn at Florence Court for a relaxing stroll along our golden colored trails, followed by a hot cuppa and more

Springhill Original Tree

Seasonal changes at Springhill

The summer palette is changing from vibrant greens, balanced by the multitude of flowers and their many colours and shades, to the wonderful browns, oranges, yellows and reds which flash across the often steel-grey skies of autumn.

An autumnal view of the house from the Killynure path

The lake walk at Castle Coole

Follow this historic track around Lough Coole and discover beautiful vistas at every turn and an abundance of wildlife and water birds.

A woman and child sitting on the basalt columns at Giant's Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, looking out to sea

Runkerry trail, Giant's Causeway, County Antrim 

Don't forget your binoculars as you set off for this two-mile walk near the Giant's Causeway, where there are plenty of seabirds.

The imposing South front of Castle Coole

Autumn at Castle Coole

Explore Castle Coole in all it's glory during Autumn - with brown leaves and crisp fresh air all around you

A red squirrel peering out from behind a branch

Autumn wildlife

Autumn is a unique time to be at Mount Stewart. It's not just the foliage changing, it's the wildlife too.

Crom autumn boathouse

Autumn at Crom

Take a walk through an incredible landscape of orange and gold this autumn. Jump in crunchy leaves, discover shiny conkers and enjoy the uplifting fresh air and array of both resident and visiting wildlife at Crom.

Two girls picking blackberries from a bush

Pick juicy blackberries

October is the best time to pick blackberries and The Argory has some fantastic spots to pick these juicy fruits. Enjoy a little piece of The Argory this autumn...!

Experience the changing seasons at Murlough National Nature Reserve

Autumn at Murlough

The summer season has definitely let go and the autumn falls rapidly upon us. As you get to know a place like Murlough and observe its many natural features you realise there is no distinct division between its seasons.

Child pond dipping at Rowallane

Explore the wildlife at Rowallane

This is a great place for kids to discover the rich variety of wildlife including hedgehogs, squirrels, frogs, birds,insects and bugs.

Brent geese over Strangford Lough

Strangford Lough autumn wildlife

Strangford Lough is a unique place to visit at any time of the year, and in autumn there's always a wide variety of wildlife to be found by the shore or in the wider countryside.