Top dog walking spots in Northern Ireland

A man and his dog relax and look out at Lough Erne at Crom

Looking for the perfect place to walk your dog? Earn a tail-wagging seal of approval with our amazing outdoor places and spaces that are perfect for dog walking in Northern Ireland. Here's where to em-'bark' on an epic adventure that you and your four-legged friend will love.

Our top dog-friendly places in Northern Ireland

We welcome dogs on leads into all your favourite National Trust places across Northern Ireland including Mount Stewart, Castle Ward and the Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre. You can also explore the Divis and the Black Mountain walking trails with your dog and enjoy spectacular panoramic views over Belfast. 

Dogs will also enjoy wandering through the meadow and woodland walks at Minnowburn, Downhill Demesne or Castle Coole. 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

There are also a number of places where your dog can go wild. Let your dog off their lead at the training area at Mount Stewart (opposite car park 2) or at the dog exercise area at Rowallane Garden.

Our dog-friendly cottages are also perfect for planning a holiday when your four-legged friend is an equally important guest. You don't have to leave your dog behind when you holiday at home with a stay at Crom or at Potter's Cottage at Castle Ward. Nestled on the shores of Strangford Lough, your dog is bound to love roaming around this quaint single storey cottage in a corner of the Old Castle Ward demesne.  

A visitor with a dog at the trailhead cafe at Castle Ward, County Down.

Dog friendly Castle Ward

Castle Ward is a haven for dog walkers. Dogs on leads please unless you're in our dog exercise field where Fido is free to roam.

 A puppy exploring the gardens at Mount Stewart

Visiting Mount Stewart with your dog

Mount Stewart has always been a place where dogs can enjoy themselves. Dogs lived here alongside the Londonderry family, and we want to continue the tradition of welcoming responsible dog owners to Mount Stewart.

Dog walking at Rowallane

Dog Walking at Rowallane Garden

Dogs are very welcome at National Trust properties. Here are our guidelines for dog owners visiting Rowallane Garden.

Castle Coole is the perfect place for you and your dog

Canine companions at Castle Coole

There is plenty for both you and your dog to enjoy at Castle Coole, with a variety of walks within the parkland and plenty of outdoor seating.

Dogs on leads enjoying a walk at the Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway World Heritage Site is fully dog friendly

Dogs on leads are now welcome inside the Visitor Centre as well as outdoors