Coastal walks in Northern Ireland

What could be more reviving than a walk along the coast? The sound of the waves crashing, the taste of the salty sea air and the epic views are food for the soul. Here are some of the best coastal walks in Northern Ireland...

Kearney, County Down

Kearney coastal walk

This short coastal route takes in the spectacular rugged coastline of the lower Ards Peninsula. With simple traditional dwellings and an unspoilt, timeless character, the National Trust village of Kearney is truly special.

A view of Orlock Point near Donaghadee and Groomsport

Orlock Point walk

This walk affords stunning views of the Copeland Islands and out across the Irish Sea towards Scotland. The area is steeped in archaeology and history, with evidence of Vikings, smugglers and Second World War defences.

Visitors on bicycles on lough shore

Castle Ward loughside walk

Explore the waterside, a ruined castle, woodland, an ornamental lake and follies of one of Northern Ireland's finest demesnes, or country estates.

View to the Mourne Mountains from Murlough National Nature Reserve, County Down, Northern Ireland

Murlough north point nature trail

Discover the beauty of our Nature Reserve and learn about the history, biology and conservation work that takes place here.

Waves crash against the Giant's Causeway, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

Giant's Causeway Red Trail

Discover a walk with a difference - a bracing clifftop trail with spectacular views of the world-famous Causeway Coast and North Channel.

Family fun at Portstewart Strand

Sand dune and estuary walk

Step into a different world with colourful wildflowers, butterflies and birds on our trail that meanders through 6,000 year-old dunes to the river edge at the Bann Estuary.