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Best trails in Antrim

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Trying to find the best Antrim trails? AllTrails has 44 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Ballymena, Belfast or Bushmills, we've got you covered. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 33 easy trails in Antrim ranging from 0.8 to 8.7 miles and from 0 to 1,371 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Giant's Causeway
Causeway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
A walk out to the fantastic Giant's Causeway. If you continue along the trail, you'll get wonderful views of the Antrim Coast and a look down on the Causeway from above. From the visitor centre, follow a tarred roadway & footpath which descends down a steep slope, until you arrive at The Stookans or Windy Gap, as locals refer to it evident as here the walker is exposed to the wild Atlantic elements. From here continue along the tarred roadway (always taking care to mind the popular tourist shuttle bus service) and quickly the first signs of the hexagonal causeway stones will appear. The Giants Causeway is made up of 3 promontories the Little Causeway (1st feature the walker meets), the Middle Causeway (better known as the Honeycomb) which has spectacularly precise hexagonal features, followed by the The Grand Causeway. In this immediate area, evocative place names & features abound Wishing Chair, Wishing Well & Giants Gate (all connected with Finn MacCool folklore). Many tourists on strict time operator deadlines, rarely go beyond the stones, but for this walk negotiate the Giants Gate & proceed into Port Noffer (The bay of the giant). Here a different world exists, with marginally more sheltered conditions allowing more diverse maritime meadows & saltmarsh vegetation to establish. Cast an eye for Sea aster, Yellow iris & other rich plant life. Meadow pipits & many warblers in summer can be found with sedge warblers & grasshopper warbler not uncommon. And high amongst the crags the dominant birds are nesting fulmars, and an occasional lone pair of ravens. Passing the Giants Boot, climb up the slope to what looks like a giant church organ (in geological terms huge columns of basalt make the organ pipes, hence the local name of The Organ. From here the cliff path continues past The Organ for another 400 yards to the headland. At the point of the headland, there is a viewing platform which looks into the spectacularly named Amphitheatre. Here all manner of lava flows can be observed, as well as the dynamic nature of the cliffs. Look for the Giants Harp & Eyes? At this point the cliff path is closed off for safety reasons, due to unstable cliffs (a number of significant rockfalls occurred here in 1994). From here, return to The Organ, and instead of retracing your steps to the stones climb the steep path, with lots & lots of steps. Known as the Shepherds Path, these 162 steps will take you to the cliff top & on to the North Antrim Cliff Path. At the top of the steps, turn right and after half a mile you will be back at the visitor centre & car park You may even have earned a Finn MacCool Steak at the Causeway Hotel for your efforts at completing this iconic Irish walk!Show more
#2 - Cavehill Trail
Cave Hill Country Park
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
This trail offers incredible views of the city. Opening hours vary with season (visit site for more information) http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/leisure/parks-openspaces/Park-6622.aspxShow more
#3 - Glenariff Scenic Trail Circular Walk
Glenariff Forest
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 53 m
Spectacular views of Glenariife and environs. Lots of waterfalls. Trails are well maintained. Some steep bits at the start.Show more
#4 - Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Causeway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 54 m
An exhilarating coastal path and rope bridge experience from the cliffs to the rocky island, with stunning views of Rathlin and the Scottish Isles, as well as a noisy seabird colony. Please note that National Trust entrance pricing applies for this walk. From the car park, the route to the rope bridge passes by an information hut (where a small pedestrian charge is levied) keep good care of your ticket, as you will need this as proof to cross the rope bridge. Along the coastal path to the bridge, you will notice flower-rich meadow grasslands on the cliff slopes and occasional grazing cattle. All along the coastal path, the views of Rathlin Island and the Scottish Isles are breathtaking the Mull of Kintyre is the closest part of Scotland and most visible, just beyond Rathlin. And immediately below the path, in crystal clear sea water there is often a good chance of spotting porpoises or dolphins (even a basking shark in summer is a possibility). As you start the steep descent to the island and rope bridge, the noisy seabird colony will become more and more audible by the step. Guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and fulmars are the main breeding bird species (bird guidebooks and binoculars are available for hire). You will know you are nearing the bridge, as there is usually a line of patient tourists waiting to crosssome nervously. Occasionally, if wind speed records exceed the recommended safety limits, the bridge has to be closed, and with a 30 metre chasm to cross the site wardens have the final say! Having negotiated the rope bridge safely, the island can be explored via marked paths (visitors are reminded to observe the signs and take responsibility for their own actions). On fully exploring the island those nervous visitors have to once again build up their confidence for the return leg. Again waiting times are usually in place to cross back over. The return to the car park is by way of the same route or a short circular detour which links back to the main path.Show more
#5 - Divis via Ridge Trail Loop
Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 18 m
#6 - Cregagh Glen and Lisnabreeny Trail
Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 27 m
This path has several side paths along it that follow the Glen River to the waterfall. The walk is through a forested glen that blooms with bluebells in the spring and eventually comes to Lisnabreeny House. Beyond the house, there is a field and more wooded area to explore. Show more
#7 - Giants Causeway Coastal Way
Causeway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 10.8 mi • Est. 6 h 2 m
#8 - Glenariff Waterfall and Scenic Trail Circular Walk
Glenariff Forest
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 1 h 3 m
#9 - Giant's Ring Circular Walk
Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 2 m
#10 - Fair Head
Antrim Coast and Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 46 m
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