Walking Route

Aside from its natural beauty, Slemish's value as a heritage site is entirely bound up with its association with St Patrick. In local tradition, the mountain was the site of the saint's slavery, where he spent 6 years herding livestock for Mulchi, the local chieftain.


1.2 miles

Start Point:


Finish Point:


Point of interest:

Look out for Wheater, Irish hare, Buzzard & Ravens

Nearest town:

Nearest village Buckna

OS map:

Sheet 9


Steep rocky track


The walk starts from the car park up a steep rocky track to the summit some 1437 feet above sea level. The track down is much gentler and leads back to the car park.


Car parking, picnic tables, toilets and information centre.

Accessible toilet facilities:


Accessible terrain:

Steep rocky track off road

Accessible signage:



Ballymena Walks.

Publication availability:

Contact Ballymena Town Hall Museum & Arts Centre, 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, Co Antrim, BT43 5EJ. Tel: (028) 2563 5900 or email:

Getting to the start by public transport:

Follow the brown signs from Ballymena

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Ballymena Tourist Information Centre "The Braid"
  • Free (parking charges may apply)
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