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The Best Walking Trails in Northern Ireland

The Best Walking Trails in Northern Ireland

As spring breathes new life into the Northern Irish countryside, it’s the perfect time to get outdoors. From rugged coastlines to ancient forests, Northern Ireland boasts an abundance of natural beauty waiting to be discovered on foot. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a casual stroller, there’s a trail to suit every level of adventurer near our parks. Join us as we journey through some of the best walking routes this picturesque region has to offer.

Causeway Coast Way Trail

Embark on a breathtaking journey along the Causeway Coast Way, a 33-mile trail that winds its way along the dramatic coastline of County Antrim. Starting at the iconic Giant’s Causeway, this route takes you past towering cliffs, secluded beaches, and quaint fishing villages. Marvel at the legendary Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and take in the awe-inspiring views of the Atlantic Ocean as you immerse yourself in the natural splendour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The starting point of this trail is under 2 hours by car from our parks.

Tollymore Forest Park

Escape into the enchanting woodlands of Tollymore Forest Park, a serene oasis nestled at the foot of the Mourne Mountains. Wander along winding trails shaded by towering trees, crossing rustic bridges and babbling streams. Discover hidden caves, picturesque waterfalls, and the atmospheric remnants of an ancient monastery as you lose yourself in this magical woodland wonderland. Keep your camera ready, as you never know when you might encounter a playful red squirrel or a majestic buzzard soaring overhead.

Tollymore Forest Park is just under 1 ½ hours in the car from our holiday parks.

Mourne Mountains Trails

For those seeking a more challenging hike, the Mourne Mountains offer rugged terrain and stunning panoramic vistas. Located in County Down, this mountain range is home to Northern Ireland’s highest peak, Slieve Donard. Lace-up your boots and tackle the challenging trails that crisscross the landscape, rewarding your efforts with breathtaking views of heather-clad slopes, sparkling lakes, and ancient granite tors. Be sure to keep an eye out for the elusive red deer that roam these wild and remote hills.

The Mourne Mountains are around  1 ½ hours in the car from our holiday parks.

Glenariff Forest Park

Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of Glenariff Forest Park, known as the “Queen of the Glens” for its breathtaking beauty. Follow the Waterfall Walkway as it meanders through lush woodland. This trail passes a series of cascading waterfalls that seem to emerge from the heart of the forest. Take a moment to pause and listen to the soothing sounds of nature, enveloped by the scent of wildflowers and the gentle rustle of leaves overhead.

Glenariff Forest Park is around  1 ½ hours by car from our holiday parks.

As you can see, Northern Ireland offers a wealth of stunning walking trails just waiting to be explored this spring. So why not pack your bags and embark on an adventure? Then, when your boots are muddied and your feet are tired, you can head back to your very own lodge to relax. 

To learn more about our lodges, visit our website or contact our experienced team. Change the way you holiday with Encore Parcs.