Ulster Way Part 4: Hills and Mountains of County Antrim


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Trail stats

76.47 mi
Elevation gain
7,018 ft
Technical difficulty
Elevation loss
7,037 ft
Max elevation
1,675 ft
Min elevation
-1 ft
Trail type
One Way
5 days 20 hours 47 minutes
January 21, 2023
September 2022
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near Ballycastle, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)

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Itinerary description

The E2 European Long Distance Path was intended to extend from Galway in Ireland to Nice in France, however the Irish section has not been defined. So in the 50th year of the E-paths I have been following a possible route in Ireland, linking up various National Trails. This section uses the Ulster Way..

The Ulster Way circumnavigates Northern Ireland, this part of the Ulster Way crosses the hills, mountains, forests, moors and farmland of County Antrim, beginning in the town of Ballycastle and ending in Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland. Leaving Ballycastle the trail rises through forests to the summit of Slieveanorra with its panoramic views, then crosses bogs to the the mountain of Trostan, not quite reaching its summit, before dropping down through forest to the very welcome Glenariff tea house. A valley takes you to the sea on a quiet road and riverside path, then there is an unpleasant walk on a very busy road to the harbourside town of Carnlough. After nearby Glenarm, there is a beautiful path across the Antrim plateau with views over steep slopes down to the sea. A final section through farmland and woods takes you to Belfast. A city famous for the Titanic and the "troubles", and a city worth spending a few nights in.

The previous section of this trail can be found at .

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PictographRisk Altitude 19 ft
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A2 Main road section

This is the start of a busy road section with no facilities for pedestrians. Best avoided by using public transport to Carnlough.

PictographProvisioning Altitude 51 ft
Photo ofBallycastle Photo ofBallycastle


Town with harbour, traditional high street with shops, pubs, cafes and accommodation. Not the only place with this name that I have visited in Ireland.

PictographProvisioning Altitude 347 ft


Village with shops and café.

PictographWaypoint Altitude 37 ft
Photo ofBelfast Photo ofBelfast Photo ofBelfast


Belfast is a large, industrial city with a lot of history. Worth taking a tour of the sights to learn about the town's history and the strife between the Unionists (seeking to remain in the United Kingdom) and the Republicans (seeking to join the Republic of Ireland, free of British rule). A visit is recommended to the Titanic exhibition, dedicated to the "unsinkable" passenger ship that sank on its first voyage after hitting an iceberg.

PictographProvisioning Altitude 17 ft
Photo ofCarnlough Photo ofCarnlough Photo ofCarnlough


Carnlough is a pretty little town by the sea with cafes, shops and accommodation as well as a small, old harbour.

PictographProvisioning Altitude 710 ft
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Glenariff Forest Park Tea house

This cafe located in the Glenariff Forest Park is by a viewpoint, from which you can see the valley spread out before you. Nearby is a deep forested gorge.

PictographCastle Altitude 9 ft
Photo ofGlenarm Photo ofGlenarm Photo ofGlenarm


Glenarm is a small, coastal town with a castle (closed when I passed).

PictographSummit Altitude 1,639 ft
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Slieveanorra is a mountain (508 m high) covered in moorland, with excellent views to the north. There is a memorial to a US aircraft which crashed in 1942 and two large aerials.

PictographWaypoint Altitude 545 ft
Photo ofStraid Photo ofStraid


Just a small village.

PictographSummit Altitude 1,792 ft
Photo ofTrostan Photo ofTrostan


The Ulster Way does not quite reach the summit of Tristan (at 551 metres) but crosses its slopes on boggy moorland.


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