10 walks with incredible views in Northern Ireland

Blogs, Co. Down, Co. Antrim, Co. Fermanagh, Co. Londonderry, Things to do

Posted by Sarah

Published February 23, 2017

Whether you plan to head out for a clifftop stroll, sunset beach walk, or explore the majesty and solitude of the mountains, you’ll find some incredible views on a walk in Northern Ireland. Explore Northern Ireland by foot and discover some of our best kept secret views on these stunning walks.

Walks with views

The harbour at Rathlin Island, County Antrim

1. Rathlin Island Walking Trails, Co. Antrim

The most northerly inhabited island in Ireland, Rathlin is the perfect place to escape and switch off from the mayhem of everyday life.

With fabulous coastal views everywhere you look, any of the 6 official walking trails are sure to not disappoint.

2. Pollnagollum Cave, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

Part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, the most extraordinary feature on this route through Belmore Forest is Pollnagollum Cave, Irish for “Hole of the doves”.

The cave is fed by a waterfall toppling down from the top of a limestone cliff and is swollen to a torrent during harsh weather.

So spectacular it was used as Beric Dondarrion’s hideout in Season 3 of Game of Thrones®.

3. Cladagh Glen, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

This 1.25mile linear walk passes the Marble Arch itself (from which the show caves take their name) – once a popular location for wedding photography during the Victorian era, making it the perfect spot for a romantic walk.

Along the walk, take in the impressive cascades where water from the underground cave system re-emerges to pour out over a natural rock ‘staircase’ of limestone over 300 million years old.

4. Tobar Mhuire Heritage Trail, Crossgar, Co. Down

Set in sixty acres of woodland is Tobar Mhuir Heritage Trail. A peaceful ambiance can be found on this short 3km walking trail which meanders through the grounds of Tobar Mhuire Retreat in Crossgar.

Dotted with seated viewpoints to admire the spectacular view of the Mourne Mountains and County Down landscape, other unique heritage within the grounds includes Mary’s Well (a holy well), a Victorian Walled Garden and impressive glasshouse.

5. Mussenden Temple, Co. Derry~Londonderry

Perched dramatically on a 120ft high cliff top overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on the stunning North Coast, there cannot be a more wild and dramatic headland in Northern Ireland than Mussenden Temple & Downhill Demesne.

Located in the beautiful surroundings of Downhill Demesne, this open clifftop walk offers spectacular panoramic views over Downhill Beach towards Magilligan Point and Co. Donegal, Portstewart and Fair Head, and are sure to take your breath away.

6. Whitepark Bay, Ballintoy, Co. Antrim

Whitepark Bay is a secluded sweep of sandy beach looking out over the Atlantic Ocean forming a spectacular white arc between two headlands on the North Antrim Coast. This beautiful stretch of quiet coastline offers a truly idyllic location to enjoy a short seaside stroll.

At one end of the bay lies the small fishing hamlet of Portbraddon (home to one of the smallest churches in Ireland) and at the other end, a myriad of basalt islands known as the Parks, shelter the quaint harbour of Ballintoy.

7. North Antrim Cliff Path to Dunseverick Castle, Co. Antrim

A stunning five mile walk boasting breathtaking coastal landscapes as the Causeway Coast merges effortlessly with the surrounding farmland.

Take in stunning vistas towards the 5* Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site, Port na Spaniagh where in 1588 the Spanish Armada met its fateful end and Port Moon, which offers incredible views to Rathlin Island and the Scottish Islands of Islay and Jura.

The final stretch of this walk sees the cliffs gradually fall in height as you approach the ruins of Dunseverick Castle.

8. Slieve Binnian, Mourne Mountains, Co. Down

At 2449ft (747m), reaching Binnian’s summit is no mean feat however if you’re up for the challenge it is definitely worth it for the views.

This fantastic circular walking route follows a rough track past the Mourne Wall to the summit of Slieve Binnian (747m) before traversing between two of the most spectacular granite tors in the Mournes.

Enjoy a picnic as you look over the breathtaking reservoirs of Silent Valley and Ben Crom below which have to be seen to be believed. The route then descends down a rough mountain track past the Blue Lough and Annalong Forest.

9. Annesley Gardens, Castlewellan Forest Park, Co. Down

The forest parks best kept secret, don’t be surprised if you are the only ones discovering the many secluded spots in the hauntingly beautiful Annesley Gardens and arboretum.

Signposted from the Lakeside Car Park, follow the pink waymarkers past the duck pond, hidden lakes, fountains, ornamental gates and rare and spectacular plants and trees.

10. Cave Hill Country Park, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Belfast’s very own ‘sleeping giant’ and the inspiration for Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, an invigorating walk up Cave Hill on the outskirts of Belfast is a must for the best view of the city.

Beginning at the picturesque Belfast Castle this 4.5 mile circular route passes numerous caves before climbing steadily to McArt’s Fort where you can admire Belfast’s stunning cityscape and famous landmarks below.

Spend more time exploring our beautiful landscape, and plan your next walking break in Northern Ireland.


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