Official tourism website for Northern Ireland

Walks at Carnfunnock Country Park

Carnfunnock Country Park, Coast Road, Larne, County Antrim, BT40 2LH
Walks at Carnfunnock Country Park

Book Tickets Online


A whole host of great walks on offer through the picturesque surroundings of Carnfunnock Country Park.

Start Point:

Finish Point:

The paths overlap each other in places and it is possible to follow any one, or all in sequence or a mixture. They will take you through all parts of the park. The attached map shows all the paths. There are 5 way-marked trails with interpretation panels throughout: Garden: 0.8 miles - visit the maze and walled garden. Heritage: 1.6 miles - see the Ice House, Norman motte and lime kilns. Shore: 1.5 miles - go past the activity centre to the sandy beach at Drains Bay. Woodland: 2.5 miles - this is the longest and most energetic walk and takes you to most of the park's features, the woodland and wetland. Biodiversity: 1.5 miles - this is a circular route suitable for wheelchairs giving great views of the coast and taking you right beside the giant bird table. Also incorporates a dedicated fitness trail with various stations of outdoor gym equipment. This walk is also suitable for people with limited mobility. Larne parkrun also takes place in Carnfunnock and is a free weekly 5km event for runners of all standards. It happens every Saturday at 9.30am, starting and ending in Drains Bay car park. For full details check out the parkrun website

5 miles

Flat, hilly, slopes and steps.

Point of interest:
Walled Garden with unusual sundials and wooden sculptures. Maze in the shape of NI. Children's maritime themed outdoor adventure playground.

The Cafe and Visitor Centre, with tourist information and novelty goods for sale, are open daily from mid March-October. The Cafe is open at weekends throughout the year. (Tel: 07933 884350 for confirmation of cafe opening hours) There is a charge to use the car park in the summer season, although registered blue badge holders can park for free on production of their badge. Parking is also available in Carnfunnock Bay and Drains Bay. Toilets are open all year (excluding Christmas Day).

Carnfunnock Country Park Visitor Guide.Also included in Larne Country Walks

Publication availability:
Carnfunnock Country Park (028) 2826 2471 or Larne Visitor Information Centre (028) 2826 2495. Larne Country Walks available to download on this webpage.

Nearest town:
Larne, Drains Bay & Ballygally.

OS map:
Sheet 9

Accessible toilet facilities:

Accessible terrain:
Off-road paths, some steep parts and hills. A Shopmobility scooter is available for use, subject to conditions and production of a Shopmobility membership card. Please contact the Visitor Centre to arrange. Tel: 028 2826 2471

Accessible signage:
Braille incorporated on interpretation signage.

Book Tickets


Provider Preferences

  • Free (parking charges may apply)

Map & Directions

What's Nearby

  1. Packed full of fun family activities and attractions, Carnfunnock Country Park offers…

    0.09 miles away
  2. This award winning beach is located in Ballygally, 10km north of Larne town on the…

    1 miles away
  3. Explore Waterloo Bay in Larne, the most accessible locality for fossil hunting and…

    2.26 miles away
  4. Town Park and Chaine Park are delightful parks located on the Causeway Coastal route in…

    2.54 miles away
  5. Housed in the historic former Carnegie Free Library building, Larne Museum and Arts…

    2.62 miles away
  6. Enjoy a lovely walk along a one mile long stretch of Promenade running from Larne Leisure…

    2.72 miles away
  7. This special memorial tower stands tall on the western side of Larne Lough, at the…

    2.91 miles away
  8. Popular award winning rural beach positioned in a delightful sandy bay, at the northern…

    3.91 miles away
  9. Follow the winding road down to reach this hidden gem. With its picture-book perfect…

    5.35 miles away
  10. One of our lesser known ‘hidden treasures’, Gleno is a magnificent 30 foot waterfall…

    6.16 miles away
  11. The gardens are situated within the peninsula of Islandmagee, with beautiful views over…

    7.03 miles away
  12. Crowned "Historic Houses 2023 Garden of the Year", Glenarm Castle and its walled gardens…

    7.04 miles away
  13. Small and secluded Ulster Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve, located on an inland route…

    8.01 miles away
  14. Discover magnificent views and Ulster Scots heritage in Templecorran graveyard,…

    8.94 miles away
  15. On the thrilling Gobbins Experience, nature isn’t content to just sit back and be admired…

    9.12 miles away
  16. Carnlough's sheltered historic harbour, with small fishing boats, is the focal point of…

    9.31 miles away

Virtual Tour

Map & Directions

Road Directions

On Antrim Coast Road (A2), 3.5 miles north of Larne. Walk from the main car park following sign posts directly to the Carnfunnock Visitor Centre. Larne parkrun starts and ends at Drains Bay car park.

Public Transport Directions

Bus Services 252 (Belfast to Coleraine) (seasonal) or 162 (Larne to Cushendun).

Back to Top

Tourism Northern Ireland

Don't Miss