Walking is a popular activity with many North Coast visitors. Some wish to simply take a gentle stroll by sauntering along the resorts seafronts; others prefer a brisk walk along the beach as stimulating exercise surrounded by fresh air and fantastic scenery. Many people like to walk the coastal routes or venture inland to the hills, which by no means are mountainous but yet provide good exercise and a fair degree of challenge. Examples include the Drumbane Trail and the Errigal Glen Trail at Glenullin, west of Garvagh.
Following a waymarked route along the coast between Portstewart and Ballycastle, the causeway coastal way passes through the Causeway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Giant's Causeway and several Areas of Specific Scientific Interest. The 52km route offers opportunity for enjoyment to walkers of varied abilities and passes through magnificent coastline scenery.
Running between Portstewart and Portrush, the Port path is one of the most enjoyed walking routes on the North Coast and a visit to the North Coast would not be complete by taking a leisurely stroll in summer or a brisk walk in autumn/winter along this route. The Port path begins at Portstewart Strand and follows what is locally known as the Convent Walk into the town of Portstewart, along the promenade and then via a cliff and coastal route to Portrush. More...
A series of guided walks took place throughout the summer months in Coleraine and were themed on points of historical and environmental interest. CLICK HERE FOR A WALKING GUIDE TO THE NORTH COAST AND GLENS OF ANTRIM
Walking festivals offer an ideal way to participate on the social side of walking. The Glenullin Walking Festival in June includes hill and low level walks, combined with history and music. More on Glenullin Walking Trails, South of Garvagh...
Guide books and route maps are available on walking in the area including laminated walking cards exploring landscapes and rock geology. For further information contact the Tourist Information offices in Coleraine (028) 7034 4723 or Portrush (028) 7082 3333.