Hazelbank Park

Hazelbank Park is an excellent park in Newtownabbey as it is situated on the shores of Belfast Lough and offers fantastic views to Belfast, Carrickfergus and County Down. Within the park you will find mature woodland - remnants of the old estate … [Read more...]

Newtownabbey Way

The Newtownabbey Way is a walking/cycling path from the shores of Belfast Lough to the centre of Newtownabbey.  The path follows the valley of the Threemilewater and leads the visitor from coastal habitats, through the river corridor habitats, open … [Read more...]

Burnside River Walk

This delightful river walk is beside Burnside village.  The Doagh River runs alongside the path and there is an abundance of wildlife to be seen. Keep your eyes peeled for kingfishers, otters and dippers who enjoy the good water quality. The variety … [Read more...]

Threemilewater Conservation Park

This is an open country park with the river corridor, meadow and woodland areas.  Considerable new planting took place in co-operation with the Woodland Trust in 2006 to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. Over 3000 trees were … [Read more...]

Sixmilewater Park

The Sixmilewater is actually 30km long rising close to Ballyboley Forest and flowing to Lough Neagh.  There any many different stories about how the Sixmilewater got its name.  One such story is that many years ago, the Roman soldiers, defending … [Read more...]

Valley Park

This is a green oasis within the urban area of Newtownabbey which combines walking routes with a variety of habitats including river, woodland, open space and ponds.  Much of the woodland in this area is part of a community planting scheme which took … [Read more...]

Monkstown Wood Local Nature Reserve

Monkstown Wood is a Woodland Trust site designated as a Local Nature Reserve by Newtownabbey Borough Council in 2007.  A path following the course of the Threemilewater leads the visitor along the river corridor, through woodlands, open spaces and … [Read more...]

Carnmoney Hill Local Nature Reserve

Carnmoney Hill is one of the greatest landmarks within the Borough of Newtownabbey. Carnmoney takes its name from Cairn Monadh 'the cairn on the boggy mountain', a burial chamber that originally stood on the summit of Carnmoney Hill.The publicly … [Read more...]

Cranfield Bay, Randalstown/ Toomebridge

Cranfield Bay is on the shores of Lough Neagh, this give you an opportunity to watch out for some of the wetland bird species that depend on the Lough - the gracious Great Crested Grebe, Common Tern fishing in the summer and many wildfowl using the … [Read more...]

Lough Neagh

                Did you know? Lough Neagh has the largest concentration of Great Crested Grebe in Ireland. Around 150 pairs of Common Tern come from Africa each year to breed on … [Read more...]