Top walks in Northern Ireland

Spend time in special places this spring with the best walks near you. With longer days, and nature bursting to life, it’s the perfect season for a walk on our coastal trails and garden paths. Step forward this spring with our list of top places to walk in Northern Ireland.

The lake at Mount Stewart, County Down

Lake walk

Feed the birds on the lake, then explore Tir N’an Òg and visit the white stag.

Discover Terrace Hill Garden at Minnowburn

Terrace Hill trail at Minnowburn

Terrace Hill is home to a pond buzzing with wildlife, a walled garden and dotted with wooden sculptures.

View across to Benaughlin mountain from the Summer House at Florence Court

Florence Court Blue Trail

A gentle, even gradient walk through native Irish woodland with historical estate features along the way, including the Florence Court Yew Tree.

An autumnal view of the house from the Killynure path

Lake walk at Castle Coole

At just over one mile, the Lake Walk at Castle Coole is the perfect trail for a 'walk and talk' with family and friends. This flat route follows the historic track around Lough Coole so you won't be out of breath to enjoy the breath-taking views. With a wealth of wildlife resting in the reeds, little legs will also enjoy the sights on this enchanting walk on the edge of Enniskillen.

A heron flying

Crom wildlife walk

Take a walk on the wild side at Crom. Wander through this important nature reserve with a tranquil landscape of islands, woodland and historic ruins.

Springhill avenue of trees

Beech walk

Enjoy a stroll on a historic path as laid out by ‘Good Will’ in the late 1600’s. It’s a favourite walking route of the generations of Lenox-Conynghams who once lived here.

Row of lime trees at The Argory

Lime Tree Walk

Join us along the Lime Tree walk and marvel at these magnificent and unique wonders of nature.

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.

View of the Giant's Causeway
Walking trail

Runkerry Trail at Giant's Causeway 

View the Giant’s Causeway from the tranquillity of Runkerry Head, just next door to the world-famous stones. See waves roll in from the Atlantic, enjoy views towards the Inishowen Peninsula and Scotland and keep an eye out for skylarks, stonechats, linnets and choughs on this walk.

Follow the coastal path from Kearney
Walking trail

Coastal Walk at Kearney 

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.

Strangford Lough at Castle Ward, County Down

Shore trail at Castle Ward

Follow our short trail at Castle Ward, County Down and take in the beautiful surroundings and scenery of Strangford Lough and architecture of the castle.