Walking Holidays Northern Ireland

There are fewer places on the planet that can offer better walking country than Northern Ireland. From the stunning coastal walks around the Causeway Coast to the breath-taking hikes across the Mourne Mountains, there are walks and landscapes to suit everyone. Whether you’re a serious walker or more of a roamer…

This beautiful region is still largely rural in nature and is blessed with some of the most dramatic scenery in the world. Although you can strike out for a walk almost anywhere there are several key areas which offer the walker something special.

Walking Holidays in Northern Ireland – Key Locations

The Causeway Coast and Glens

Ballintoy Harbour

Home to the iconic Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge and some of the finest beaches in the world. The Causeway Coast and Glens encompasses an unbelievable 3 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and nine Glens, including the breath-taking Glenariff Forest Park. The walking is mostly on flat coastal paths but in the Glens there are more challenging hills and pathways often along the side of waterfalls.

The Mourne Mountains

Mourne Mountains

This is serious walking country and is perfect for those who enjoy hill walking and mountain climbs. Dominated by a compact ring of 12 mountains with the highest peak, Slieve Donard reaching 853m, this spectacular mountain range is criss-crossed by a network of paths and tracks allowing walkers to explore safely.

The Sperrin Mountains

Sperrins Northern Ireland

Hugely understated and a bit of a well-kept secret in Northern Ireland, the Sperrins are a land of lush green pastures, gentle mountains and wild moorlands punctuated with loughs and farming land. Another Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there are some well loved routes which serious walkers will relish like the Robbers Table and the Craignamaddy Circuit. Gortin Forest Park is also great if you fancy a nice scenic walk with the kids.

Fermanagh Lakelands

Lough Erne Golf Resort

Fermanagh is a stunning county dominated by the many waterways of the Erne. It’s perfect for walkers who enjoy a good view while roaming the hills. We highly recommend the 12 mile walk from Florence Court to Cuilcagh Mountain, a real stunning walk taking in rich heritage and stunning natural sights.

Strangford Lough

Strangford Lough

Home to some of the finest country estates, parklands and walking trails in Northern Ireland Strangford is a lovely location for walkers looking for more sedate routes. Tower houses, castles and ancient monuments are dotted throughout the All the shores of Strangford Lough and the Irish Sea walkers will enjoy mostly flat coastal walking along this unique coastline and as Strangford Lough is a a Marine Nature Reserve it is heaven for bird and wildlife enthusiats.

Discover Northern Ireland offer really useful downloadable guides on all of the above areas and more. Take a look at their website here: Discover Northern Ireland Walking Guides

Mourne Mountains Walkers Guide

Walking Holidays Northern Ireland – Where to stay

Drum Gatelodge, Bushmills Co. Antrim

We have beautiful holiday cottages right across Northern Ireland offering the perfect accommodation for walkers. From the stunning Orchard Cottage in Fermanagh with walking trails right on the doorstep to the pretty Ballealy Cottage on the coast, we have a cottage to suit you.

You can view all of our cottages here: Luxury Cottages in Northern Ireland

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