Dog-friendly walks

Take a walk at Murlough Nature Reserve and enjoy majestic views of the Mourne Mountains

Looking for the perfect place to walk your dog? We’ve got the places and spaces that will earn that tail-wagging seal of approval. With dog drinking bowls, dog mess bins and dog hitching posts, get ready to em-'bark' on an epic adventure that both you and your four-legged friend will love.

We welcome dogs on leads into all your favourite National Trust places. There are also a number of places where your can let your dog run free. Let your dog off their lead at the training area at Mount Stewart or at the dog exercise areas at Rowallane Garden and The Argory.

Looking for something different? Enjoy a....

Dog walk with a view

Enjoy spectacular panoramic views over Belfast as you explore the walking trails with your dog at Divis and the Black Mountain.

Dog walk on the beach 

Dogs love playing on the sand, so why not take your four-legged friends for a walk on the beach at Portstewart Strand or Murlough Nature Reserve

Dog walk in the woods

Find yourself in nature as you wander together through the meadow and woodland trails at Minnowburn and Downhill Demesne, or as you lap the lough at Castle Coole.

Dog Holiday

Show your canine companion you care by booking a stay at one of our dog-friendly cottages. The quaint cottages at Castle Ward and Crom will let them 'paws' for thought on their very own getaway.

Keeping your dog a lead keeps our wildlife safe
Dog walking in Northern Ireland
Keeping your dog a lead keeps our wildlife safe

Keeping your dog safe. Follow our lead...

Help us keep our outdoor spaces a safe, healthy and enjoyable place for you and your dog. In the interests of other visitors, wildlife and livestock we ask that visitors:

  • Keep your dog in sight and under control - use a lead if requested.
  • Don't let your dog chase wildlife or farm animals. We have a wide range of wildlife that we protect. From red squirrels and badgers to low nesting birds, all of which are very sensitive to disturbance by dogs off leads.
  • Watch out for local notices.  Even on our new open trails it is important that dogs are kept on their lead so they can’t chase grazing livestock.  This is particularly important in woodland or farmland at sensitive times of year, during the lambing season, or between March and the end of July when ground-nesting birds are on eggs or raising their young.
  • Please always pick up after your dog. At many of our sites we've dedicated dog bins for you to use.

Different dog restrictions apply at each of our places and at different times of year, so please check property pages on the their website before visiting.

Assistance dogs are welcome inside all of our houses, gardens, restaurants and shops. 

Don't forget to take and tag pictures of you and your dog enjoying our places using #nationaltrustni