Coastal walks in Northern Ireland

Mixing the magic of land and sea, a coastal walk in Northern Ireland doubles the delight of day out. Topping the list of the best things to do this summer, take in the epic views along the north coast of Ireland by racking up your step count at these iconic sights and hidden gems.

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.

Best coastal walk in Northern Ireland

Orlock Point Walk

With evidence of Vikings and smugglers, the coastal walk at Orlock on Strangford 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.

Follow the coastal path from Kearney and see what sea birds you can spot

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.

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.

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.

Mussenden Temple at Downhill Demesne

Downhill Demesne Walk

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.

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.