Walking in County Antrim
Antrim is a coastal county in the northeast corner of Ireland. It is one of nine counties which together comprise the province of Ulster. Antrim shares land boundaries with two other counties – both of which are also in Ulster (Down and Derry).
Walking is one of the simplest, safest and most effective form of physical activity. Every adult in Northern Ireland should accumulate 30 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week.
Antrim & Newtownabbey is an ideal area to explore on foot. Steeped in folklore and set in tranquil countryside, the walking routes allow you to explore the rich natural and cultural heritage the area has to offer.
‘Walk NI’ is a definitive guide to walking in Northern Ireland, providing information on walks for both the serious rambler and those who enjoy a short stroll.
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. This walk starts at Whitehead Yacht Club and leads along a coastal path and up some steep steps to Blackhead Lighthouse.
Ballyboley Forest has some non waymarked walking trails to allow you explore this forest on foot. The Ulster Way passes through and over the top of Carninard (366m) within Ballyboley Forest. Ballyboley Forest was first planted in 1957. It provides a good example of multiple land-use with its large catchment area supplying water to the surrounding communities, and the forest growing raw material for the saw mills.