Blackhead Path

Walking Route

This seaside walk goes from Whitehead Boat Club to and around Blackhead. The path runs northeast from Whitehead and is lined by interesting wildlife habitats including grassland, woodland (known locally as the 'Magic Forest') and a rocky shoreline. The Lough itself is an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI) famed for its bird population.


2.4 miles

Start Point:


Finish Point:


Point of interest:

The Blackhead Lighthouse

Nearest town:


OS map:



Level surfaced path, steep steps


This walk starts at Whitehead Yacht Club and leads along a coastal path and up some steep steps to Blackhead Lighthouse. From here walkers descend some more steep steps back to the coastal path and back to the car park.


Car park, toilets - 10p. There are also several shelters along the walk.

Whitehead has a number of cafe facilities and public toilets.

Whitehead can be reached by car, bus and train. For further information on public transport options visit

Accessible toilet facilities:


Accessible terrain:

Tarmac and concrete path with some very steep steps.


Whitehead Highway to Health.
Whitehead Wildlife Walk.
The Causeway Coast + Glens.

Publication availability:

Contact Carrickfergus Tourist Information Centre - tel: 028 9335 8049 or email:
Whitehead Wildlife Walk and The Causeway Coast + Glens Walking Guide also available to download on this page.

Getting to the start by public transport:

Whitehead can be reached by train and bus from Larne or Belfast. Call Translink on 028 9066 6630 or follow the Translink below.

Getting to the start by car:

By car take the A2 from Carrickfergus or Larne. Car parking is available at the start of Blackhead Path.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Carrickfergus Museum
  • Free (parking charges may apply)
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