Winter walks in Northern Ireland
When winter rolls around some of us retreat to the comfortable indoors. This year challenge the natural urge to hibernate and enjoy an invigorating walk in the great outdoors. Wrap the family up in scarves, hats, gloves and coats, and discover winter sunlight dappling through the trees at one of our places near you.
Winter strolls and adventurous rambles
Enjoy riverbank, meadow and woodland walks linking the landmarks of Shaw’s Bridge and the Giant’s Ring. Brown trout can usually be seen feeding in the shallow stream and with a bit of luck you might see a kingfisher or a dipper.
Rowallane Garden, County Down
This inspirational garden is perfect for a winter stroll. Discover a mix of formal and informal garden spaces while exploring the walled garden, pleasure ground and the rock garden wood. There’s also breathtaking views from the summit of Trio Hill.
Castle Ward, County Down
With 21 miles of trails there is plenty of space for walking at Castle Ward. Meander through atmospheric woodland and open farmland while enjoying views across Strangford Lough. Along the shore look out for harbour seals, wildfowl and wading birds.
Mount Stewart, County Down
Voted one of the top ten gardens in the world, Mount Stewart reflects a rich tapestry of design and planting artistry bearing the hallmark of its creator – Edith, Lady Londonderry. There are walks for everyone from a short stroll around the gardens to longer walks around the lake and woodlands.
Florence Court, County Fermanagh
Florence Court, nestled at the foot of Benaughlin and the Cuilcagh Mountains, is the perfect setting for a winter walk. Ten miles of trails wind through the forest leading you into some of the park’s most beautiful wooded areas and viewpoints.
Castle Coole, County Fermanagh
Castle Coole, the magnificent 18th-century mansion and landscape park on the edge of Enniskillen, provides a delightful escape to the country for locals and visitors alike. The circular Lake Walk offers breathtaking views and the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the wildlife around Lough Coole.
The Argory, County Armagh
There are garden, woodland and riverside walks at this fascinating place. Test your skills at telling the time on the Rose Garden sundial and as you follow the banks of the River Blackwater up to the meadows look out for Irish hares, and jays, or even a heron or kingfisher.
Springhill, County Londonderry
Springhill has a host of interesting walks including the idyllic walled gardens and way-marked trails through the woods, with wonderful views of Slieve Gallion and the Sperrins. So put your best foot forward and enjoy this charming estate.
Downhill Demesne, County Londonderry
There cannot be a more wild and dramatic place in Northern Ireland than the ruins and landscape park of Downhill. Set on a rugged cliff top with views over long white beaches and the mountains of Donegal it is a wonderful place for an invigorating walk.
Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim
Northern Ireland’s iconic World Heritage Site is home to a wealth of local history and legend. Explore the basalt stone columns and follow the trails awash with breathtaking views. There’s a trail to suit every ability.