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The Best Hiking Trails in Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)

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  • Slieve Donard from Newcastle

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    near Newcastle, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    7.46mi
    Elevation +
    2723f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo ofSlieve Donard from Newcastle Photo ofSlieve Donard from Newcastle Photo ofSlieve Donard from Newcastle

    From Newcastle city to Mourne Mountains. Up, follow path of stone and roots. There is a forest on the right side and the valley with river on the left side. When you reach the stone wall, turn left and follow the wall t...

  • near Portballintrae, N Ireland (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    5.53mi
    Elevation +
    377f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo ofPortballintrae To The Giants Causeway Photo ofPortballintrae To The Giants Causeway Photo ofPortballintrae To The Giants Causeway

    This walk avoids the parking charge of £8 per person that the National trust imposes. The toilets that are marked are the only ones available to the public who haven't paid to get into the visitor center and they are kin...

  • near Bloody Bridge, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    7.54mi
    Elevation +
    2392f
    TrailRank
    38
    Photo ofChimney Rock via the railway, return by Crossone Photo ofChimney Rock via the railway, return by Crossone Photo ofChimney Rock via the railway, return by Crossone

    A route which passes a number of ruined huts and other features dating back to when stone was quarried in the Mournes. Fantastic views of the coast and the inner Mournes. It's mostly on paths or across easy stretches ...

  • Spelga Dam Loop

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    near Kilcoo, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    8.38mi
    Elevation +
    2474f
    TrailRank
    38
    Photo ofSpelga Dam Loop Photo ofSpelga Dam Loop Photo ofSpelga Dam Loop

    Can park in the carpark at the dam. Walk west along road and enter at NI Water gates. Rise along side of pine trees. slievenamishan and Cock Mountain nice climb thro the heather no path. Pigeon Rock is to the south. Foll...

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  • Castlewellan Loanans

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    near Maghera, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    7.69mi
    Elevation +
    505f
    TrailRank
    38
    Photo ofCastlewellan Loanans Photo ofCastlewellan Loanans Photo ofCastlewellan Loanans

    For a full description of the walk go to https://dandowlingblog.wordpress.com/2018/09/16/the-castlewellan-loanans/

  • Murlough Bay and Torr Head Loop

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    near Ballypatrick, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    3.19mi
    Elevation +
    299f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo ofMurlough Bay and Torr Head Loop Photo ofMurlough Bay and Torr Head Loop Photo ofMurlough Bay and Torr Head Loop

    This is the most spectacular walk with great views of Rathlin Island and the Scottish coast. Some rocky stretches along the shoreline and steep ascents would rate it as difficult.

  • near Newcastle, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    7.40mi
    Elevation +
    3337f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo ofDonard and Commedagh avoiding the crowds Photo ofDonard and Commedagh avoiding the crowds Photo ofDonard and Commedagh avoiding the crowds

    This route avoids the popular tourist trail track which goes up by the Glen River to the Saddle between Donard and Commedagh. Apart from the second half of the climb up to Donard it's mostly on small but recognisable pat...

  • near Moyad, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    9.13mi
    Elevation +
    2287f
    TrailRank
    36
    Photo ofBanns Rd, Slievenaglogh, Carn, Muck circuit Photo ofBanns Rd, Slievenaglogh, Carn, Muck circuit Photo ofBanns Rd, Slievenaglogh, Carn, Muck circuit

    Really nice walk overall as usual some stunning views. I particularly enjoyed clambering up to the summit of Slievenaglogh amid all the ripe bilberry bushes, and the little path along the western side of Lough Shannagh. ...

  • Greencastle-Cranfield Bay

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    near Greencastle, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    5.34mi
    Elevation +
    43f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo ofGreencastle-Cranfield Bay Photo ofGreencastle-Cranfield Bay Photo ofGreencastle-Cranfield Bay

    Northern Ireland This is a relaxed walk. The route is good for a walk but it does not have a special attraction either. I would highlight the lighthouse on the sea in front of the beach (Haulbowline Lighthouse) and the ...

  • near Dunseverick, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    7.37mi
    Elevation +
    709f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo ofDunseverick Castle to Carrick-a-rede rope bridge Photo ofDunseverick Castle to Carrick-a-rede rope bridge Photo ofDunseverick Castle to Carrick-a-rede rope bridge

    Dunseverick Castle to Carrick-a-rede rope bridge. Free parking at Dunseverick Castle. Bus stop also just on the road outside car park where you can get the Causeway Rambler Bus in either direction, to Ballycastle or Cole...

  • Saul

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    near Saul, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    7.06mi
    Elevation +
    548f
    TrailRank
    35| Rating 4.0
    Photo ofSaul Photo ofSaul Photo ofSaul

    A pleasant walk round quiet country roads and grassy tracks, taking in Lough Money and Slieve Patrick. The only bit that requires a bit of extra care is the section of road between Saul and Downpatrick, which can be busy...

    Lovely walk with trails and some road walking. Some paths wet and mucky underfoot in damp weather.
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  • Glenariff Forest Park

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    near Glenariff, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    5.55mi
    Elevation +
    830f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo ofGlenariff Forest Park Photo ofGlenariff Forest Park Photo ofGlenariff Forest Park

    Lots of hike options on wide trails and tracks, some through forest and others high in open grasslands with good views down the glen. Many waterfalls in the lower part of the park. The cafe by the main car park is a good...

  • Portballintrae

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    near Portballintrae, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    8.07mi
    Elevation +
    735f
    TrailRank
    34
    Photo ofPortballintrae Photo ofPortballintrae Photo ofPortballintrae

    A walk along the cliffs from Portballintrae to Giant's Causeway, looping along the red path down the cliffside then back up again towards the Causeway Visitor's Centre, then back to the start point alongside the old rail...

  • Slieve Bearnagh - Mournes

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    near Kilcoo, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    7.03mi
    Elevation +
    1972f
    TrailRank
    34
    Photo ofSlieve Bearnagh - Mournes Photo ofSlieve Bearnagh - Mournes Photo ofSlieve Bearnagh - Mournes

    In my opinion one of the nicest peaks in the Mourne Mountain range. It is facing west which means you can watch the sun set as you climb down in the summer when there is enough light and the temperature is nice to walk b...

  • Castlewellan Forest Park

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    near Castlewellan, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    7.11mi
    Elevation +
    830f
    TrailRank
    34
    Photo ofCastlewellan Forest Park Photo ofCastlewellan Forest Park Photo ofCastlewellan Forest Park

    Located in a dramatic setting of mountains and sea, this is one of the most outstanding tree and shrub collections in Europe. The beauty, vigour and perfect shape of the trees in the National Arboretum attract tree enthu...

  • Rostrevor Forest - Slievemartin

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    near Rostrevor, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    8.51mi
    Elevation +
    1598f
    TrailRank
    34
    Photo ofRostrevor Forest - Slievemartin Photo ofRostrevor Forest - Slievemartin Photo ofRostrevor Forest - Slievemartin

    Slievemartin is another medium sized hill of the southern Mournes that has fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. Views range from the Cooleys across Carlingford Lough to the south and east, and to distant Sliev...

  • near Lislap, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    6.39mi
    Elevation +
    1306f
    TrailRank
    34
    Photo ofGortin Glens Mullagharn via Ladies View Photo ofGortin Glens Mullagharn via Ladies View Photo ofGortin Glens Mullagharn via Ladies View

    Leave the Main Carpark at the Forest Park heading up towards the beautiful waterfall. Take the steps down into the path at the bottom of the waterfall continue up the steps and head right. This takes you onto the 5 mile ...

  • Belfast Castle

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    near Whitehouse Lower, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    4.20mi
    Elevation +
    1040f
    TrailRank
    34
    Photo ofBelfast Castle Photo ofBelfast Castle Photo ofBelfast Castle

    Good surfaced trail all way round. Completed in a blizzard. Superb views of Belfast Lough and Copeland Islands on a good day.

  • Slieve Croob

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    near Dromara, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    4.05mi
    Elevation +
    764f
    TrailRank
    33
    Photo ofSlieve Croob Photo ofSlieve Croob Photo ofSlieve Croob

    This is a beautiful moderate walk starting in Finis and finishing in the car park at the source of the River Lagan. There are great views of Lough Neagh, the Belfast Hills, Scrabo, Strangford Lough and the Mournes.

  • GOBBINS-WHITEHEAD

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    near Gransha, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    4.26mi
    Elevation +
    328f
    TrailRank
    32
    Photo ofGOBBINS-WHITEHEAD Photo ofGOBBINS-WHITEHEAD Photo ofGOBBINS-WHITEHEAD

    Walk from visitors cente of the Gobbins (first visit the Gobbins) to Whitehead, and rounding the Black Head.. very nice place en walk, not long easy wth one steep part.. ending on the train station

  • Delamont Park to Gibb's Island

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    near Crossgar, N Ireland (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    3.40mi
    Elevation +
    279f
    TrailRank
    32
    Photo ofDelamont Park to Gibb's Island Photo ofDelamont Park to Gibb's Island Photo ofDelamont Park to Gibb's Island

    Lovely circular walk taking in woodland and the shores of Strangford Lough. Start from car park and follow waymarkers. Great views. Allow 2 hours.

  • near Andersonstown, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    6.14mi
    Elevation +
    679f
    TrailRank
    32
    Photo ofColinglen Forest to The Rumble Hole Waterfall Photo ofColinglen Forest to The Rumble Hole Waterfall Photo ofColinglen Forest to The Rumble Hole Waterfall

    Start from Colinglen carpark at the bottom, stay to right up to the top of the forest under the bridge and walk up the steps, turn left and follow the trail until you come to steps and a little waterfall, step over the s...

  • Hare's Gap

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    near Square, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)
    Distance
    4.83mi
    Elevation +
    758f
    TrailRank
    32
    Photo ofHare's Gap Photo ofHare's Gap Photo ofHare's Gap

    The Hare’s Gap is the most dramatic mountain pass in the Mournes. Its sharply defined outline indicates that ice once passed this way; using the Gap’s convenient north-south alignment to advance and retreat over the enti...

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