Walking in Northern Ireland
Walking trails in Northern Ireland can stop you in your tracks as you step into the heart of legendary landscapes. Lace up for a memorable walk with this list of must-see places and spaces. Whether criss-crossing an ancient bog on a boardwalk or climbing a challenging coastal path, discover walking routes around Northern Ireland sure to inspire and refresh.
No matter what time of the year you visit, a walk around the lake at Mount Stewart provides plenty of wonderful photo opportunities.
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.
A challenging eight-mile trail that takes in some of the best sights around Castle Ward, from Audley's Castle to the Deer Park.
Discover the beauty of Murlough with a walk through this National Nature Reserve, home to 22 species of butterfly.
With its scenic sand dunes, dramatic cliffs and golden strands, there's not many better places for walkers to roam than the beach at Portstewart Strand.
Take a walk into the wild with the Belfast city skyline as a backdrop. Follow the way-marked route crossing open health and blanket bog, to the highest point on Divis Mountain.
With its quaint cottages and eight-acre sandy beach, Kearney is a picture-perfect traditional fishing village. Follow the rocky shoreline along the southern tip of the Ards Peninsula.
Treat yourself to a gentle winter stroll around the world-class gardens and lake at Mount Stewart, with a wide variety of flora and fauna and unique views of the house to enjoy.
Explore Mount Stewart's demesne woodlands and farmland on this circular trail with an abundance of wildlife and interesting features to spot along the route.
Follow the River Blackwater on this circular walk around the estate, and cross it on Bond's Bridge, with the chance to spot kingfishers.
Explore the waterside, with a ruined castle, woodland, an ornamental lake, follies and wildlife to spot along the way, on this easy circular walk.
A trail through the forest park at Florence Court which rewards walkers with views across Fermanagh and beyond at its peak.
A gentle circular walk through native Irish woodland with historical estate features along the way, including the Florence Court Yew Tree.
How many red squirrels can you spot on the trail? A great walk for children and adults alike, around the formal gardens, lake and woodlands of Mount Stewart.
Take a relaxing walk along the river, through woodland and farmland, to a Neolithic earthwork, a natural amphitheatre and views across the Lagan Valley.
Take a leisurely walk along the banks of the River Lagan into the heart of the Lagan Valley Regional Park, with an optional detour to the historic village of Edenderry.
Take a pleasant, gentle walk around the tranquil Lough Coole, spotting wildlife, history and glimpses of the mansion house on the way.
A tranquil walk on paths through the Beech Wood at Castle Coole, passing the 18th-century Ice House and some of the oldest trees on the estate.
The coastal walk at Orlock on the North Down Coast is steeped in archaeology and history. With views of the Copeland Islands and out across the Irish Sea towards Scotland, it is one of the best coastal walks in Northern Ireland.
An excellent trail for spotting wildlife and taking in the stunning scenery of Strangford Lough, Audley's Castle and the farmyard at Castle Ward.
Follow this short accessible trail at Castle Ward, County Down and take in the beautiful surroundings and scenery of Strangford Lough and architecture of the castle.
Discover one of the filming locations for Game of Thrones on this trail passing the historic farmyard at Castle Ward and enjoy views of Strangford Lough and Audley's Castle on the route.
Walk along an avenue of lime trees, discover a wildflower meadow and pass the Argory oak plantation on this gentle trail with views of the house to enjoy.
The short, circular Lady's Mile walk guides you through a peaceful belt of woodland surrounding Ardress House with many species of trees to discover, including an old oak tree, which predates the original house.
Enjoy a stroll on a historic path leading up to an 18th-century tower through an avenue of beech trees, once a favourite route for the generations that lived at Springhill.