Everybody loves a great view, whether you’re travelling somewhere new or soaking up what your local area has to offer. Northern Ireland has an abundance of great views that are a feast for the eyes. Here are ten amazing scenic walks you must experience when in Northern Ireland.
10. Navan Fort
For the best view of Armagh, Northern Ireland’s smallest city, a walk at Navan Fort on a clear day is an absolute must. Park at the Navan Centre, take a short stroll to Navan Fort and be rewarded with spectacular views of Saint Patrick’s City, with the spires of the two cathedrals standing proudly above the skyline.
9. Whiterocks Beach
Take a leisurely walk along the golden sands of Whiterocks Beach in Portrush and you will be rewarded with a view of varied natural phenomena: the striking white chalk cliffs, sea stacks and a chalk arch. On top of the geological wonders, you will also get a glimpse of the haunting ruin of Dunluce Castle looming on a cliff edge in the distance.
8. Hare’s Gap
Not such an easy-going walk, a trek up to Hare’s Gap in the Mourne Mountains in County Down will afford the hiker with awe-inspiring panoramic views, as well as an up close look at the famous Mourne Wall. The dramatic mountain pass was formed by the slow movement of a glacier that carved out the landscape.
7. Cave Hill, Belfast
If you’re looking for a great view of Northern Ireland’s capital city, look no further than Cave Hill. From below, the basaltic outcrop known as ‘Napoleon’s Nose’ makes the hill easily recognisable. From the summit, you can enjoy sweeping views over the city, all the way to the Mourne Mountains, and on a clear day, the Isle of Man and the Mull of Galloway in Scotland are also visible.
6. Kilbroney Forest Park
The stunning Kilbroney Forest Park in Rostrevor, County Down affords stunning views over Carlingford Lough, conjuring up magical scenes of a Nordic fjord in Northern Ireland. Take a walk to the Cloughmore Stone and circle back through the majestic forest to make the most of your visit.