Coastal walks in Northern Ireland

Clifftop views, meandering rivers and hidden coves, our walks by the water in Northern Ireland double the delight of a day out. Mix the magic of land and sea on a coastal path or spot the glint of a leaping fish on a riverside ramble. From gentle strolls along Strangford Lough to the dramatic vistas from Mussenden Temple, rack up your step count with this list of iconic sights and hidden gems.

Mussenden Temple at Downhill Demesne

Downhill Demesne Walking Trail

With its sheltered gardens and cliff-top walks, you'll hug the headland of the North Coast on this beautiful walk around Downhill Demesne. Stop for a rest and a must-have photo at one of Ireland's most photographed places, the iconic Mussenden Temple inspired by the Tivoli Temple of Vesta.

Portstewart Strand Dunes

Portstewart Strand Dune and Estuary Walk

Step into a different world as you walk through the 6,000 year-old sand dunes at one of Northern Ireland's best beaches, Portstewart Strand. Walking to the river edge at the Bann Estuary, spot colourful wildflowers, buzzing bees and beautiful butterflies.

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

Giant's Causeway Red Trail

With many unique viewing points along the way, this bracing clifftop trail boasts spectacular vistas of the world-famous Causeway Coast that are off the beaten track.

Best coastal walk in Northern Ireland

Orlock Point Walk

With evidence of Vikings and smugglers, the coastal walk at Orlock on Belfast Lough is steeped in archaeology and history. This walk affords stunning views of the Copeland Islands and out across the Irish Sea towards Scotland, making it one of the best coastal walks in Northern Ireland.

A famiy exploring Strangford Lough at Castle Ward

Castle Ward Loughside Walk

Wander the waterside at Castle Ward passing a ruined castle and ornamental lake. With woodland and follies, this eye-catching stroll will take you around one of Northern Ireland's finest demesnes or country estates.

Follow the coastal path from Kearney

Kearney Coastal Walk

This short coastal route takes in the spectacular rugged coastline of the lower Ards Peninsula. With its simple whitewashed cottages and an unspoilt, timeless character, the National Trust village of Kearney is a scenic coastal walk and must-see in Northern Ireland.

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

Murlough Nature Reserve North Point Trail

Discover the beauty of Murlough with a walk through the National Nature Reserve. With the majestic Mourne Mountains as a beautiful backdrop, follow this self-guided trail to discover one of the best and most extensive dune heath in Ireland.

The old castle ruins at Crom

Crom walk

Discover a tranquil landscape of islands, woodland and historic ruins on the banks of Upper Lough Erne. Walking the 2,000 acre estate in County Fermanagh, find yourself exploring one of the most important conservation areas in Ireland.