Carnfunnock Country Park

Walking Route

A whole host of great walks on offer through the picturesque surroundings of Carnfunnock Country Park.

This park is close to Drains Bay and Ballygally Beach which are very popular during the summer months.

Distance:

5 miles

Start Point:

D384066

Finish Point:

D384066

Point of interest:

Walled Garden with unusual sundials and wooden sculptures. Maze in the shape of NI. Children's maritime themed outdoor adventure playground.

Nearest town:

Larne, Drains Bay & Ballygally.

OS map:

Sheet 9

Terrain:

Flat, hilly, slopes and steps.

Route:

The paths overlap each other in places and it is possible to follow any one, or all in sequence or a mixture. They will take you through all parts of the park. The attached map shows all the paths.

There are 5 way-marked trails with interpretation panels throughout:

Garden: 0.8 miles - visit the maze and walled garden.

Heritage: 1.6 miles - see the Ice House, Norman motte and lime kilns.

Shore: 1.5 miles - go past the activity centre to the sandy beach at Drains Bay.

Woodland: 2.5 miles - this is the longest and most energetic walk and takes you to most of the park's features, the woodland and wetland.

Biodiversity: 1.5 miles - this is a circular route suitable for wheelchairs giving great views of the coast and taking you right beside the giant bird table. Also incorporates a dedicated fitness trail with various stations of outdoor gym equipment. This walk is also suitable for people with limited mobility, please see Disabled Ramblers NI link below.

Larne parkrun also takes place in Carnfunnock and is a free weekly 5km event for runners of all standards. It happens every Saturday at 9.30am, starting and ending in Drains Bay car park. For full details check out the parkrun website http://www.parkrun.org.uk/larne/.

Facilities:

The Coffee Shop and Visitor Centre, with tourist information and novelty goods for sale, are open daily from mid March-September and weekends in October.
There is a charge to use the car park in the summer season, although registered disabled drivers can park for free on production of their badge. Parking is also available in Carnfunnock Bay and Drains Bay. Toilets are open all year (excluding Christmas Day).

Accessible toilet facilities:

Yes

Accessible terrain:

Off-road paths, some steep parts and hills. A Shopmobility scooter is available for use, subject to conditons and production of a Shopmobility membership card or Scooter Driving Licence issued by the Disabled Ramblers (NI). Please contact Visitor Centre to arrange. Tel: 028 2827 0541.

Accessible signage:

Braille incorporated on interpretation signage.

Publication:

Carnfunnock Country Park Visitor Guide.Also included in Larne Country Walks

Publication availability:

Carnfunnock Country Park (028) 2827 0541 or Larne Tourist Information Centre (028) 2826 0088.Larne Country Walks available to download on this webpage.

Getting to the start by public transport:

Bus Services 252 (Belfast to Coleraine) (seasonal) or 162 (Larne to Cushendun).

Getting to the start by car:

On Antrim Coast Road (A2), 3.5 miles north of Larne. Walk from the main car park following sign posts directly to the Carnfunnock Visitor Centre.

Larne parkrun starts and ends at Drains Bay car park.

Getting to the start on foot:

All routes commence from the Carnfunnock Visitor Centre.

Larne parkrun starts and ends at Drains Bay car park.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Larne Tourist Information Centre
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