You don’t have to go far to discover the beautiful scenery and exciting outdoor leisure activities Northern Ireland has to offer.
Local Outdoors is your guide to discovering great places to visit – you‘re just a click away from your next adventure.
Near Antrim Town
One of the most unique and historically intact gardens in the UK and throughout Ireland
A 17th century house set in 100 acres of countryside, a great place for woodland and riverside walks.
A pleasant urban park in the heart of Armoy Village
Two tranquill nature reserves located within easy reach of Bangor
Set in acres of unspoilt countryside with glacial lakes, wetlands and ancient peat bogs
Informal walking trails allow you explore the forest on foot.
A beautiful seafront location with a sandy beach, marina and play park.
A coniferous forest on the slopes of Knocklayd Mountain
A small sandy beach on the County Antrim Coast
The mile long crescent of sandy beach curving along Ballyholme bay has been a favourite beach spot for generations.
A small woodland area close to Holywood
This is a coniferous wood on National Trust land with a pleasant woodland trail.
A coniferous forest located near to Ballycastle
This grassland walk is situated at the very tip of the Ards Peninsula at the mouth of Strangford Lough
Near Ballyronan Village
A picturesque boating and tourist facility which sits within the village of Ballyronan on the shores of Lough Neagh.
A mostly coniferous forest with an area of broadleaved woodland at Cairn Wood.
A long sandy beach which offers enjoyment for all.
Near Dungiven or Feeny
Banagher Glen is a secluded, steep wooded glen leading to Altnaheglish Reservoir, Banagher Dam and Banagher Forest
There is beautiful scenery all along the Bann up to Newry and the walk is accessible to people with wheelchairs and mobility scooters
Near Malone Road, Belfast
Enjoy outstanding beauty at Barnett's Demesne within easy reach of Belfast city centre. Popular with walkers and joggers due to its proximity to the River Lagan, Shaw's Bridge and Clement Wilson Park.
Beach Road is a nature reserve in the seaside town of Whitehead, Co.Antrim
Nestled in the heart of the Belfast Harbour Estate, Belfast WOW is home to birds and wildlife from all over the world, and you can get up close and personal with them from the comfort of the visitor centre
A lovely waterside amenity area at Belleek Marina
A small urban park with walking paths and and BMX facility
Belmont Park includes a network of paths, which lead through grassland, wildflower meadows and copses of bluebells and trees.
A nature reserve based in a disused quarry outside Lisburn
Belvoir Park Forest is unique in the UK as it is a working forest within a city. Walks within the forest link to the Lagan River Towpath and the Lagan Valley Regional Park.
Seven miles of golden sand with views to Donegal
Visitors can enjoy the views of the surrounding countryside, Lough Foyle and Donegal from the shores of Binevenagh Lake
This walk offers amazing views as far as Scotland and the Isle of Man
Blessingbourne Estate is a historic 550 acre country estate, nestled in the heart of the Clogher Valley woodlands.
Offers stunning coastal views from the County Down coast
An oasis for wildlife and people, in the heart of Belfast city.
Easy walking in a beautiful nature reserve within a peat land habitat
A beautiful venue with an array of ancient trees and wildlife.
A 3 mile towpath suitable for walking and cycling
Brown's Bay beach nestles in a beautiful and sheltered horse-shoe shaped bay. Good water quality.
A small, recently felled forest at the edge of Castlewellan featuring a short circular trail, natural play trail, family cycling and panoramic viewpoints.
A riverside walk along the middle stretches of the River Roe
A new forest just outside cookstown
Near Ringsend & Limavady
A visit to Cam is particularly suitable for those wanting good access through largely unspoilt forests
Near Larne and Ballygally
Carnfunnock Country Park is packed full of exciting and unusual attractions to see and do
Enjoy breathtaking views and an abundance of wildlife, on one of a chain of hills of ancient woodland around the city of Belfast.
An exhilarating coastal path and rope bridge experience from the cliffs to the rocky island, with stunning views of Rathlin and the Scottish Isles.
A small lake with a walking trail fishing stands, a slipway and a jetty
Near Lisnarick, Kesh, Irvinestown
Truly picturesque forest in Fermanagh with a variety of trails
Experience the stately grandeur of this stunning 18th-century mansion set in a beautiful wooded landscape park, ideal for family walks.
Castle Park includes the formal gardens of the Town Hall, the award winning Bangor Castle Walled Garden and the North Down Museum
Castle Ward is an 18th-century National Trust property with 820 Acres of land. With Clearsky Adventure Centre on the property there are activities that will suit anyone.
Award winning beach backed by an extensive dune system in the picturesque village of Castlerock.
Located in a dramatic setting of mountains and sea, this is one of the most oustanding tree and shrub collections in Europe featuring the world's largest permanent hedge maze.
Near Antrim Road Belfast
A scenic, challening walk on a Belfast landmark
Placed between Coleraine's two bridges, Christie Park is set in a stunning location with amazing views across the River Bann.
A delightful walk along the banks of the River Cusher in County Armagh
Near Malone Road, Belfast
A scenic area running through parkland in Lagain Valley Regional Park, alongside the River Lagan returning via the Lagan Towpath
Coastal nature reserve
Colin Glen is a beautiful wooded glen owned by NIEA and managed by Colin Glen Trust situated in Dunmurry at the base of the Belfast Hills. The park offers an exciting array of outdoor activities, golf academy, 3G football pitches, gymnasium (comi
A short nature trail through Correl Glen Nature Reserve
Corrog Wood lies in a particularly scenic part of County Down. Explore the young woodland, and keep an eye out for buzzards and Irish hares, as well as a sculpture of a tree spirit known locally as ‘The Frump’.
A 10 acre broadleaved woodland site with a network of paths winding their way through it
Craigavon City Park has 180 hectares of parkland alongside the park's two man - made lakes.
Long south-facing beach in an idyllic location with views of the Mournes.
The gentle incline of this walk takes the route of an old limestone railway track to the now disused Gortin Quarry
Excellent beaches, wooden glens and a stunning waterfall
Near Castlereagh - Belfast
Lisnabreeny takes in wooded glen, estate and green field to the summit of the Castlereagh hills on the edge of east Belfast.
Creggan Country Park is a watersports, outdoor pursuits and angling centre in Derry, Northern Ireland.
Discover a tranquil landscape of islands, woodland and historic ruins, on the shores of the Upper Lough Erne.
The glen consists of an area of mixed woodland with a wide variety of trees, plants and birds.
Cuilcagh Mountain and the Marlbank area provides some of the most spectacular scenery in Fermanagh
Perfect for a fun family day out
An eighteenth century, cottage-style house and demesne
A predominantly broadleaved forest located just outside Draperstown
Divis and Black Mountain offer spectacular views across Northern Ireland
Donard Forest Walk has the most spectacular viewpoints in County Down taking in areas such as Newcastle, Dundrum Bay, St John's Point and to the north west Slieve Croob.
Award winning beach with breathtaking views
Small mixed woodland inland from the North Coast, near Castlerock perfect for a family outing
An urban park in the town of Dromore, located beside the River Lagan
A varied and attractive forest park located near Cookstown
Picturesque marina and caravan park situated on the River Bann
A mixed coniferous forest with extensive views across County Down
Sitting quietly to the east of the Sperrins, Drumlamph Wood lies just on the outskirts of Maghera.
A small urban park with walking paths at Duncans Dam
Near Dungannon Town
Situated on the edge of Dungannon, this beautifully kept park is wonderful for exploring by bike or on foot
A 20 acre park 20 mins outside of Derry/Londonderry with a fun ecotrail
Golden sandy beach with views of The Skerries and Causeway headlands.
Eden villa Park is a small area of green space on the outskirts of Portadown.
Part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark and is the setting for many outdoor activities such as walking and fishing
Spectacular views and natural beauty at this coastal location
A well maintained urban park located off the Falls Road
Situated on the north east shoulder of Cuilcagh mountain, Florence Court Forest Park covers an area of 1,200 hectares.
A small urban park with walking paths beside the River Foyle
Part of the Newry Canal Towpath, this landmark is also known as 'Crack Bridge' due partly to the crack in its wall and partly to its use historically as a meeting place to share a bit of craic!
Covering over 200 hectares, Garvagh Forest is situated on the Western outskirts of Garvagh.
Near Edenderry Village, Belfast
A large earthwork circle with pleasant off road walk trails linking to the Lagan Valley Regional Park
A small urban park with walking paths on the shores of Belfast Lough
A small woodland area just outside Crossgar
A small urban park with walking paths leading to the viaducts
Offers beautiful waterfalls and picturesque walks
Panoramic views over the hillside pastures of Co Tyrone
Gortin Glen Forest Park is situated 6 miles outside Omagh at the Western Gateway to the Sperrin Mountains.
Gortmore is situated on the Bishop's Road, on the Binevenagh Loop which is part of the Causeway Coastal Route.
Gosford Forest Park - a historical park with associations to Jonathan Swift author of famous book 'Gulliver's Travels'. The park features beautiful waymarked walking trails where visitors can spot deer and other rare breeds
Near Grey Abbey
The ruins of a Cistercian Abbey church with informal walking trails
Few coastal villages in Ireland can compare with Groomsport for scenic charm, tranquil beauty and historical heritage.
A sports facility with a 1km walking trail around the perimeter
Offers some of the best shoreline views - great for wheelchairs and pushchairs
Beautiful sandy beach with excellent facilities, all within twenty minutes drive of Belfast.
A beautiful historic landscape and building
Over 150 acres of mixed woodland in which to walk and relax with nature
Enjoy a stroll through mature beech and oak at Huntly Wood Conservation and Amenity Area.
Island Hill is situated at the upper end of Strangford Lough excellent views across the Lough and towards Scrabo Tower.
On the edge of Belfast Lough, Jordanstown Loughshore Park is your first stop along the stunning Causeway Coastal Route
The beauty of the rugged coastline, simple character of the dwellings and unspoilt, timeless character of the village makes Kearney truly special.
Beautiful forest park offering excellent views of the Mournes and Carlingford Lough. Good family facilities as well as walks and is a top mountainbiking destination.
Situated at the mouth of Strangford Lough, opposite Ballyquintin. This rugged coastlien is rich with wildlife including orchids and other rarities, and interesting rock formations.
A beautiful limestone grassland nature reserve
Killynether Wood forms part of the Scrabo Country Park, on high ground to the southwest of Newtownards.
A great spot to feed the birds
Picturesque setting on shores of Lough Neagh
Knockmany Forest is a collection of woodlands that lies within four miles of Augher.
118 hectares of the foothills at the northern face of the Sperrin Mountains
A small urban park with walking paths and a play area for children
Set in wild mountain scenery, Lough Fea is one of the many delightful lakes dotted throughout the Sperrins Region making this a renowned area for trout fishing
Near Derrygonnelly, Enniskillen
Spectacular views over Lower Lough Erne, Donegal Bay, the Blue Stack and Sperrin Mountains
Situated on the shores of Lough Neagh this park provides some excellent shoreline walks and cycle paths
Part of the Drumlins and Canal scenic cycling route
Loughgall Country Park is a rural haven of relaxation and recreation.
Walking around the shore of Loughmacrory is a refreshing and relaxing way to unwind.
Lurgan Park is Northern Ireland's largest and most beautiful urban park and the second largest public park in Ireland
One of Europe finest show caves and a great location from which to explore the Geopark.
Near Antrim Town
A beautiful and historic route through the town of Antrim, passing by sites of importance in terms of there industrial heritage and wildlife
Golden sand and seawater lagoon provide a safe bathing area.
Neo Classical House and Gardens, great for walks
Sandy beach with dunes and pebble ridge.
Near Stockman's Lane, Belfast
A beautiful park located in South Belfast features a therapy garden
Musgrave Park is a public park in Belfast, situated in the south west of the city.
Near Derry, Claudy, Eglinton
Home to the highest waterfall in Ireland and red squirrels
This 5 mile stretch of golden sands is still the essence of the resort and is hugely popular for swimming, sunbathing and other forms of recreation.
Near Newry, Portadown
This cycle and walking route from the Bann Bridge in Portadown to the Town Hall in Newry is a 20 mile trip
North Down Coastal Path extends from Holywood in the west to Orlock in the east.
A charming wooded glen and recently planted woodland
Near Groomsport and Donaghadee
Orlock Point is steeped in archaeology and history, with evidence of Vikings, smugglers and World War II defences/
Near Ormeau, Belfast
Ormeau Park is the oldest municipal park in Belfast, officially opening to the public in 1871.
Near Lurgan, Craigavon, Portadown
Located on the shores of Lough Neagh, much of the area is a designated Natural Nature Reserve
Situated within walking distance of the City Centre, for over two hundred years the undulating parkland of the Palace Demesne has been one of the glories of Armagh.
Near Dungannon Town
A nature trail runs through oak and beech trees, passing a Victorian garden, wishing well and old archway.
Peatlands Park is a beautiful Country Park with a range of walks to suit all levels of abilities, within a stones throw of Junction 13 off the M1
Small sandy beach in the heart of the seaside village of Portballintrae.
This short 1.5m circular walk near Bushfoot Golf Club in the north coast resort of Portballintrae takes in stunning North coast scenery
A delightful location for nature watching and a short walk
Magnificent two-mile strand of glistening golden sand.
Prehen Wood is one of Northern Ireland’s rare and irreplaceable ancient woodlands
This glorious wetland retreat, located just outside Downpatrick, boasts a variety of beautiful and tranquil woodland and riverside walks.
Randalstown Forest extends to 172 hectares and houses a deer enclosure and nature reserve
A beautiful island with a rugged and tranquil landscape.
Near Ballymoney Town Centre
Riverside Park offers a range of walks through various landscapes including woodland
Rowallane Garden is a special place for you to enjoy a great days out. It is one of the most beautiful gardens to visit in Northern Ireland and is often described as a hidden gem/
Scrabo Country Park offers amazing views over Strangford Lough and the surrounding Newtownards countryside
Ringed by mountains, 'The Valley', located within the Mourne Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, attracts over 50,000 visitors each year
Near Upper Malone, Belfast
An urban park famous for its roses
Near Forkhill, Meigh, Drumintee
Forest Park within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Near Dunmurry & Lisburn
A wildlife paradise nestled in a valley between Divis and Colin Mountains.
A secluded riverside walk that leads to a spectacular waterfall
Somerset Riverside Park connects to Christie Park and is a narrow strip of semi-natural riverside habitat.
Experience the beguiling spirit of this inimitable 17th-century 'Plantation' home, with its walled gardens and parkland, full of tempting waymarked paths.
Atmospheric Irish gentry house and wooded riverside estate with a canoe access point and a wide variety of walks
This Forest Park offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the sea at nearby Newcastle.
Short linear riverside walk and cycle through stunning parkland
An award winning beach with views of the Mourne Mountains
Near Holywood Arches, Belfast
an east Belfast park that is popular with runners, a weekly Park run takes place on Saturday mornings
Ward Park is situated in Bangor and is a 37 acre park containing 10 tennis courts, a duck pond and a selection of wildfowl housed in breeding pens.
Forming part of the Loughshore Cycle Trail, Washing Bay is also a popular spot for canoeists
Waterfoot Beach is a sandy beach, bounded by Glenariff River to the north and is approximately 1 kilometre in length.
Near Antrim Road, Belfast
Situated between Cave Hill and the Antrim Road, the park is popular with runners, a weekly Park run takes place on Saturday mornings
Award winning beach in the heart of the resort of Portrush
Beautiful stretch of golden sand on the North Antrim coast.
A delightful short walk through recently planted woodland
Beautiful rural beach within walking distance of Portrush, famous for its distinctive white chalk cliffs
Windmill Wood is a point of interest along the Dungannon Park 2-mile traffic-free cycle route
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