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Northern Ireland is rapidly becoming a ‘must see’ destination on the world map and in turn, some incredible landscapes are being revealed to walkers of all ages and abilities.

Deceptively, this small region has numerous walking areas each offering their own distinctive take on natural beauty. From the rugged cliffs of the North Antrim Coast to the rounded summits and lush pastoral valleys of the Sperrin Mountains, Northern Ireland really is a walker’s paradise if you know where to look!

Highlighted below are the main walking areas with free downloadable guides.

NI Walking Areas

Mourne Mountains

br-MourneMountainsWalkersGuideThe Mourne Mountains are the place to go for those looking for spectacular hill walking and breathtaking mountain rambles. The highest and most dramatic mountain range in Northern Ireland, the Mourne upland is dominated by a compact ring of 12 mountains, each rising above 600m, with the highest peak, Slieve Donard reaching 853m.

Criss-crossed by an unrivalled network of paths and tracks the mountains provide enthusiastic walkers with incredible opportunities for exploration. Whilst the central Mournes are undeniably impressive much of the areas appeal lies in the unspoilt scenic charm of the wider Mourne region, a landscape of woodlands and patchwork verdant farmland and a coastline rich in wildlife and heritage.

Download ‘Mourne Mountains - A Walker's Guide’ (PDF, 0.9Mb)

North Coast & Antrim

br-NorthCoastWalkersGuideThe Causeway Coast and the Glens of Antrim are justifiably famous throughout the world for their unique natural beauty. The area includes three designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, nine glens including Glenariff the ‘Queen of the Glens’, lush forest parks, secluded coastal tracks and numerous quaint fishing villages.

Exploring this world famous landscape on foot enables you to engage with a breathtaking coastline first hand. It also offers an escape from the crowds and the opportunity to lose yourself in the history and geology of an area which has inspired countless myths and legends. The walking is mostly on relatively flat coastal paths and trails so all you have to worry about is enjoying the view.

From the coastal wonders of the Causeway Coast Way to the woodland waterfalls and pastoral farmlands of Glenariff, you can discover all of this on a series of linked waymarked routes, taking on as much or as little as you please.

Download ‘North Coast & Antrim - A Walker's Guide’ (PDF, 0.9Mb)

Sperrin Mountains

The Sperrins are one of the great secrets of Northern Ireland. An understated mountain range of high, rounded summits and lush pastoral valleys, it can best be described as wild, untouched and beautiful.

Not only are the Sperrins designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but they also serve up bountiful walking opportunities. Serious walkers will love the wild excursions onto the moorland summits using routes such as Robbers Table and the Craignamaddy Circuit, whilst families will feel equally at home exploring An Creagán or Gortin Forest Park.

Strangford Lough

Strangford is home to some of the finest country estates, parklands and walking trails in Northern Ireland. Tower houses, castles and ancient monuments are dotted throughout the Strangford landscape and a wealth of wildlife can be discovered along the contrasting shores of Strangford Lough and the Irish Sea.

Walkers will enjoy mostly flat coastal walking along this unique coastline and with the Lough itself Northern Ireland’s only Marine Nature Reserve it is a must for those with an interest in bird-life and seals. There is something for every walker to enjoy but the trails are especially suited to families and those looking for well-signed scenic outings on good surfaces.

Fermanagh Lakelands

The enchanting Lakelands of Fermanagh are laced with a network of paths and tracks that allow for endless exploration, on terrain that is ideal for keen walkers and families alike. These trails help make Fermanagh the ideal getaway for walkers who love fine views and landscapes rich in wildlife and heritage. The 12 mile walk from Florence Court to Cuilcagh Mountain, home to one of the largest expanses of blanket bog in Northern Ireland, is a highlight in this region.

Download ‘A Guide to Walking in Northern Ireland’ For all the information you will need to sample the best of walking in Northern Ireland, including planning a walking trip to the Mournes, the Sperrins, the North Coast and Glens of Antrim, Fermanagh and/or Strangford.

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