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Cycling at Castle Ward, County Down

Pets Enjoy the Views Too!

Top Scenic Walks for Your Dog & You

Looking for a little inspiration to make the next trip out with your dog a little different?  From coastal paths and canal paths to hill walking or more leisurely forest and country parks to the delightful grounds of some of our stately homes too - there are plenty of options.

** Some locations may have signs to indicate restricted dog access or that you must keep your dog on the lead, so be sure to look out for these or call ahead to check access with the properties directly. Remember to be a responsibe dog owner and clean up after your pooch! 

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Places To Visit

North Down Coastal Path,

North Down Coastal Path extends from Holywood in the west to Orlock in the east. The path passes through coastline and parkland. Historic relics and flora and fauna are found in abundance, including the grey seals which can be spotted offshore.

Glenariff Forest Park, Glenariffe, Ballymena

Glenariff, the "Queen of the Glens", hosts the spectacular Glenariff Forest Park. The unique Waterfall Walkway, a popular tourist attraction since it opened 80 years ago,has been significantly upgraded along its 3 mile length.

Peatlands Park, Dungannon

Peatlands Park, close to the southern shores of Lough Neagh, was the first of its type in the British Isles and was specifically established to promote and facilitate peatland awareness and issues.

Castlewellan Forest Park & Peace Maze, Castlewellan

Located in a dramatic setting of mountains and sea, this is one of the most oustanding tree and shrub collections in Europe. The beauty, vigour and perfect shape of the trees in the National Aboretum attract tree enthusiasts from around the world.

Tollymore Forest Park, Newcastle

Oak wood from Tollymore Forest Park was used for the interiors of the White Star liners which included the Titanic. A walk along the Shimna River is marked by many curiosities, natural and artificial - rocky outcrops, bridges, grottos and caves.

Murlough National Nature Reserve, Dundrum, Newcastle

Murlough National Nature Reserve is a fragile 6000 year old sand dune system owned by the National Trust and managed as Ireland’s first Nature Reserve since 1967. It is an excellent area for walking and bird watching.

Castle Coole, Enniskillen

Surrounded by its stunning landscape park, this majestic 18th century house was created to impress and celebrates its Diamond Anniversary in 2012. Visit the special jubilee exhibition which gives insights into Castle Coole’s past, present and future.

Dungannon Park, Dungannon

Dungannon Park is a seventy acre oasis centred round an idyllic still-water lake. The magnificent scenery invites the spending of your leisure time, whether you’re a resident of South Tyrone, or a visitor from anywhere in the world.

Prehen Wood, Londonderry/Derry

A wood for all seasons providing year round enjoyment for thousands of visitors. Spring brings an amazing array of woodland flowers, only matched by autumn's stunning colour. Visitors may even catch a glimpse of some special wild inhabitants.

Divis & Black Mountain,

Mountain and bog walk

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