Blackhead Path

A bracing walk by the sea! 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 … [Read more...]

Diamond Jubilee Wood

Diamond Jubilee Wood, Whitehead was created in 2012 as a living, lasting legacy to commemorate the 2012 Diamond Jubilee, marking Queen Elizabeth's 60th year as monarch. The 60 acre woodland near Bentra Golf Course to the north of Whitehead was … [Read more...]

Carnfunnock Country Park

Formerly the grounds of a private estate, Carnfunnock Country Park is situated on the Coast Road, outside Larne. This visitor attraction has a number of facilities including visitor centre, activity playground, Caravan Park, and formal gardens that … [Read more...]

Portglenone Forest

The entrance to the forest and car park is signposted just south of Portglenone village and there is a good network of paths through the woodlands. Portglenone Forest is famous for its wonderful carpets of bluebells in May. The groundflora also … [Read more...]

Sallagh Braes

Sallagh Braes, a prominent basalt scarp in the uplands to the west of Ballygally, can be accessed by following the Ulster Way footpath, which is signposted from Linford car park on the Feystown Road. There are a number of historical records for … [Read more...]

Portmuck and Isle of Muck

Portmuck is accessed via a steep, twisting road at the northern end of Islandmagee. There is a car park by the harbour. Access is not permitted to Muck Island, which is an Ulster Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve. A footpath at the harbour leads to a … [Read more...]

Cranny Falls

Access is via a footpath that follows the route of the former mineral railway line from the harbour at Carnlough up the hill to the site of the quarry. Cranny Falls includes a beautiful, secluded waterfall in a wooded valley and a disused … [Read more...]

Brown’s Bay and Skernahan

Brown’s Bay, a sandy beach at the northern end of Islandmagee and the adjacent National Trust site at Skernahan are popular destinations, particularly in hot weather. There is good road access and car parking. The coastal strip around Skernahan, … [Read more...]

Antrim Coast Road

The dramatic coast road north of Larne is rightly famous for its dramatic cliffs of black basalt and white limestone and is also a great place to discover wildlife. There are car parks and stopping points along the route. The vegetation associated … [Read more...]

Carrickfergus Mill Ponds LNR

Carrickfergus Mill Ponds is three hectares of land which is an urban oasis for wildlife. The main features of the site are the two former mill ponds which form part of the rich and varied industrial heritage of Carrickfergus. The site also includes … [Read more...]