Lagan Towpath

The Lagan towpath runs alongside the River Lagan and the former canal between Stranmillis and Lisburn – a distance of almost 15 kilometres.  Along the way there is much evidence of the area’s industrial past in the form of disused locks and weirs.  The towpath is very popular for walking, jogging and cycling.

What is there to see?

Water birds, including dabchick, moorhen, coot, grey wagtail, mallard, kingfisher and dipper.  Mammals, including otter.  Insects, including common darter dragonfly, blue-tailed damselfly and speckled wood, green-veined white and small tortoiseshell butterfly.  Wildflowers, including cow parsley, woody nightshade, marsh woundwort, pondweed, arrowhead and water lily.

When is the best time to visit?

Any time of year, although you are more likely to see visiting waders in winter.

Who looks after it?

Department of Culture Arts and Leisure (DCAL)

Where can you get more information?

From the Lagan Valley Regional Park Officer visit