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Antrim Castle Gardens

Near Antrim Town

One of the most unique and historically intact gardens in the UK and throughout Ireland

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Ardress House

Near Portadown

A 17th century house set in 100 acres of countryside, a great place for woodland and riverside walks.

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Armoy Riverside Park

Near Armoy

A pleasant urban park in the heart of Armoy Village


Ballyarnett Country Park

Near Derry

Set in acres of unspoilt countryside with glacial lakes, wetlands and ancient peat bogs


Ballyboley Forest

Near Larne

Informal walking trails allow you explore the forest on foot.

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Ballycastle Beach and Seafront

Near Ballycastle

A beautiful seafront location with a sandy beach, marina and play park.


Ballyquintin National Nature Reserve

Near Portaferry

This grassland walk is situated at the very tip of the Ards Peninsula at the mouth of Strangford Lough


Ballyronan Marina & Caravan Park

Near Ballyronan Village

A picturesque boating and tourist facility which sits within the village of Ballyronan on the shores of Lough Neagh.

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Banagher Glen Nature Reserve & Forest

Near Dungiven or Feeny

Banagher Glen is a secluded, steep wooded glen leading to Altnaheglish Reservoir, Banagher Dam and Banagher Forest


Bann Boulevard

Near Portadown

There is beautiful scenery all along the Bann up to Newry and the walk is accessible to people with wheelchairs and mobility scooters

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Barnetts Demesne

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.

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Belmont Park

Near Belfast

Belmont Park includes a network of paths, which lead through grassland, wildflower meadows and copses of bluebells and trees.


Belvoir Forest Park

Near Belfast

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.


Benone Strand

Near Castlerock

Seven miles of golden sand with views to Donegal

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Binevenagh Forest

Near Limavady

Visitors can enjoy the views of the surrounding countryside, Lough Foyle and Donegal from the shores of Binevenagh Lake


Blackhead Path

Near Whitehead

This walk offers amazing views as far as Scotland and the Isle of Man


Blessingbourne Estate

Near Fivemiletown

Blessingbourne Estate is a historic 550 acre country estate, nestled in the heart of the Clogher Valley woodlands.

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Bloody Bridge

Near Newcastle

Offers stunning coastal views from the County Down coast

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Broad Water

Near Moira

A 3 mile towpath suitable for walking and cycling

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Bunkers Hill

Near Castlewellan

A small, recently felled forest at the edge of Castlewellan featuring a short circular trail, natural play trail, family cycling and panoramic viewpoints.


Cabin Wood

Near Cookstown

A new forest just outside cookstown

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Cam Forest

Near Ringsend & Limavady

A visit to Cam is particularly suitable for those wanting good access through largely unspoilt forests

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Carnfunnock Country Park

Near Larne and Ballygally

Carnfunnock Country Park is packed full of exciting and unusual attractions to see and do


Castle Archdale Country Park

Near Lisnarick, Kesh, Irvinestown

Truly picturesque forest in Fermanagh with a variety of trails

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Castle Coole

Near Enniskillen

Experience the stately grandeur of this stunning 18th-century mansion set in a beautiful wooded landscape park, ideal for family walks.

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Castle Ward

Near Downpatrick

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.

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Castlewellan Forest Park

Near Castlewellan

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.

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Cave Hill Country Park

Near Antrim Road Belfast

A scenic, challening walk on a Belfast landmark

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Christie Park

Near Coleraine

Placed between Coleraine's two bridges, Christie Park is set in a stunning location with amazing views across the River Bann.

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Clement Wilson Park

Near Malone Road, Belfast

A scenic area running through parkland in Lagain Valley Regional Park, alongside the River Lagan returning via the Lagan Towpath

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Colin Glen

Near Belfast

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

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Craigavon City Park and Lakes

Near Craigavon

Craigavon City Park has 180 hectares of parkland alongside the park's two man - made lakes.

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Cranny Falls

Near Carnlough

The gentle incline of this walk takes the route of an old limestone railway track to the now disused Gortin Quarry

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Crawfordsburn Country Park

Near Crawfordsburn

Excellent beaches, wooden glens and a stunning waterfall

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Crom Estate

Near Newtownbutler

Discover a tranquil landscape of islands, woodland and historic ruins, on the shores of the Upper Lough Erne.

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Crumlin Glen

Near Crumlin

The glen consists of an area of mixed woodland with a wide variety of trees, plants and birds.

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Cuilcagh Mountain Park

Near Belcoo

Cuilcagh Mountain and the Marlbank area provides some of the most spectacular scenery in Fermanagh

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Delamont Country Park

Near Killyleagh

Perfect for a fun family day out

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Divis and Black Mountain

Near Belfast

Divis and Black Mountain offer spectacular views across Northern Ireland

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Donard Forest

Near Newcastle

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.


Downhill Beach

Near Drumavalley, Magilligan

Award winning Beach with breathtaking views

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Downhill Forest

Near Castlerock

Small mixed woodland inland from the North Coast, near Castlerock perfect for a family outing


Drum Manor Forest Park

Near Cookstown

A small yet varied and attractive forest estate located near Cookstown


Dungannon Park

Near Dungannon Town

Situated on the edge of Dungannon, this beautifully kept park is wonderful for exploring by bike or on foot

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Dungiven Castle Park

Near Dungiven

A 20 acre park 20 mins outside of Derry/Londonderry with a fun ecotrail

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Ely Lodge Forest

Near Enniskillen

Part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark and is the setting for many outdoor activities such as walking and fishing


Florencecourt Forest Park

Near Enniskillen

Situated on the north east shoulder of Cuilcagh mountain, Florence Court Forest Park covers an area of 1,200 hectares.

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Gambles Bridge

Near Portadown

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!

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Giants Causeway

Near Bushmills

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Giants Ring

Near Edenderry Village, Belfast

A large earthwork circle with pleasant off road walk trails linking to the Lagan Valley Regional Park


Glenariff Forest Park

Near Glenariff

Offers beautiful waterfalls and picturesque walks

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Gortin Glen Forest Park

Near Omagh/Gortin

Gortin Glen Forest Park is situated 6 miles outside Omagh at the Western Gateway to the Sperrin Mountains.

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Gosford Forest Park

Near Armagh

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

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Hazelbank Park

Near Whiteabbey

Offers some of the best shoreline views - great for wheelchairs and pushchairs

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Hillsborough Castle

Near Hillsborough

A beautiful historic landscape and building


Huntly Wood

Near Banbridge

Enjoy a stroll through mature beech and oak at Huntly Wood Conservation and Amenity Area.


Kilbroney Forest Park & Rostrevor Forest

Near Rostrevor

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.


Killard National Nature Reserve

Near Strangford

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.


Kiltonga Nature Reserve

Near Newtownards

A great spot to feed the birds

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Kinnego Bay

Near Loughgall

Picturesque setting on shores of Lough Neagh


Learmount Forest

Near Park

118 hectares of the foothills at the northern face of the Sperrin Mountains


Lough Fea

Near Cookstown

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

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Lough Navar Forest

Near Derrygonnelly, Enniskillen

Spectacular views over Lower Lough Erne, Donegal Bay, the Blue Stack and Sperrin Mountains


Lough Shore Park

Near Jordanstown

Situated on the shores of Lough Neagh this park provides some excellent shoreline walks and cycle paths



Near Loughbrickland

Part of the Drumlins and Canal scenic cycling route


Loughgall Country Park

Near Loughgall

Loughgall Country Park is a rural haven of relaxation and recreation.

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Walking around the shore of Loughmacrory is a refreshing and relaxing way to unwind.

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Marble Arch Caves

Near Belcoo

One of Europe finest show caves and a great location from which to explore the Geopark.

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Mill Race Trail

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


Moira Demesne

Near Moira


Mount Stewart

Near Newtownards

Neo Classical House and Gardens, great for walks

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Musgrave Park

Near Stockman's Lane, Belfast

A beautiful park located in South Belfast features a therapy garden


Ness Country Park

Near Derry, Claudy, Eglinton

Home to the highest waterfall in Ireland and red squirrels


Newcastle Beach

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.

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Newry Canal Tow Path

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

North Down Coastal Path extends from Holywood in the west to Orlock in the east.

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Ormeau Park

Near Ormeau, Belfast

Ormeau Park is the oldest municipal park in Belfast, officially opening to the public in 1871.

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Oxford Island

Near Lurgan, Craigavon, Portadown

Located on the shores of Lough Neagh, much of the area is a designated Natural Nature Reserve

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Parkanaur Forest Park

Near Dungannon Town

A nature trail runs through oak and beech trees, passing a Victorian garden, wishing well and old archway.


Peatlands Park

Near Loughgall

Amongst the attractions at Peatlands Park are a minature railway and an outdoor turbary site where visitors can get the feel (and the smell!) of cutting turf!

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Portballintrae Heritage Railway

Near Portballintrae

This short 1.5m circular walk near Bushfoot Golf Club in the north coast resort of Portballintrae takes in stunning North coast scenery


Prehen Wood

Near Derry

Prehen Wood is one of Northern Ireland’s rare and irreplaceable ancient woodlands


Quoile Countryside Centre

Near Downpatrick

This glorious wetland retreat, located just outside Downpatrick, boasts a variety of beautiful and tranquil woodland and riverside walks.

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Randalstown Forest

Near Randalstown

Randalstown Forest extends to 172 hectares and houses a deer enclosure and nature reserve


Riverside Park

Near Ballymoney Town Centre

Riverside Park offers a range of walks through various landscapes including woodland


Scrabo Country Park

Near Newtownards

Scrabo Country Park offers amazing views over Strangford Lough and the surrounding Newtownards countryside


Silent Valley

Near Kilkeel

Ringed by mountains, 'The Valley', located within the Mourne Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, attracts over 50,000 visitors each year

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Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park

Near Upper Malone, Belfast

An urban park famous for its roses

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Slieve Gullion Forest Park

Near Forkhill, Meigh, Drumintee

Forest Park within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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Sloughan Glen

Near Drumquin

A secluded riverside walk that leads to a spectacular waterfall


Somerset Riverside Park

Near Castlerock

Somerset Riverside Park connects to Christie Park and is a narrow strip of semi-natural riverside habitat.

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Near Moneymore

Experience the beguiling spirit of this inimitable 17th-century 'Plantation' home, with its walled gardens and parkland, full of tempting waymarked paths.

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The Argory

Near Dungannon

Atmospheric Irish gentry house and wooded riverside estate with a canoe access point and a wide variety of walks

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Tollymore Forest Park

Near Newcastle

This Forest Park offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the sea at nearby Newcastle.

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Toome Canal

Near Toome

Short linear riverside walk and cycle through stunning parkland


Tyrella Beach

Near Newcastle

An award winning beach with views of the Mourne Mountains

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Victoria Park

Near Holywood Arches, Belfast

an east Belfast park that is popular with runners, a weekly Park run takes place on Saturday mornings


Washing Bay Wetlands Park

Near Dungannon

Forming part of the Loughshore Cycle Trail, Washing Bay is also a popular spot for canoeists

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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

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Windmill Wood

Near Dungannon

Windmill Wood is a point of interest along the Dungannon Park 2-mile traffic-free cycle route

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