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 unique 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 spot a shy red squirrel as you explore the great outdoors.

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

An autumnal view of the house from the Killynure path

The lake walk at Castle Coole

The walk forms part of the original historic track around Lough Coole, which provided the name for the house. There are a number of beautiful vistas on the walk.

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.

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.

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...!

One of the many butterflies to be found at Crom

Wildlife at Crom

Crom is a haven for wildlife with a host of rare species recorded on site. Find out about some of the creatures calling Crom home.

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.