Ballymacormick Point

Ballymacormick Point forms part of the 16 miles of coastline, the North Down Coastal Path, that runs from Holywood to Portavoe. This rocky outcrop is located between Ballyholme and the little village of Groomsport. Covered in gorse, it is good for rough walking and for spotting birds, flowers and foxes.

Ballymacormick is just on the edge of Belfast Lough, so there are interesting views north and west. It is impossible to avoid seeing the dominant profile of Kilroot power station, but sharp eyes on a clear day can identify other landmarks on the County Antrim escarpment of black basalt – Carrickfergus, the Knockagh monument, and the coast curving towards Whitehead. There is nearly always a ship using the busy channel to Belfast. Out to sea, the coast of Galloway can be seen surprisingly sharply on a clear day.

There is something for birdwatchers at all times of the year. The combination of rough grass, gorse and rocks forms an inviting breeding ground for an array of bird life.

The best approach to Ballymacormick Point is by Groomsport, although at low tide it is possible to reach it from the east end of Ballyholme beach.

Accessible all year round.

Please note sections of the coastal path cross private roads and lanes. Please pay attention for traffic and be respectful to land owners.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.

Opening times:

Accessible all year round.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Bangor Visitor Information Centre
  • Toilets
  • Dogs accepted by arrangement
  • Picnic Area
  • Parking Available
  • Free (parking charges may apply)
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Contact Details

Between Ballyholme and Groomsport
County Down
BT20 5NG

Tel: (028) 9127 0069