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Redburn Country Park

A variety of walks are available in Redburn. All walks start from the main car park. Those who do venture to the top are rewarded with amazing views over Belfast Lough.




3.9 miles

OS Map

Sheet 15

Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type

Hill, Parkland & Grassland, Woodland


Off road paths

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Amazing views of Belfast Lough

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Other Area

Route Description

The beauty and variety of the mixed woodland, the compact distances and ever-changing woodland species make this a wonderful place to explore on foot. Whether you are a serious rambler, trail runner or simply want to take a short stroll, follow the woodland paths and enjoy the wildlife on the way. Journey to the hilltop and enjoy the panoramic viewpoint. At the top visitors are rewarded with breathtaking views from Belfast Lough to the south Antrim hills. This area is excellent for bird watching, plane spotting, kite flying or exploring the woodland and grassland habitats.

For those with an equestrian interest, the woodland trails can be enjoyed on horseback, creating your own unique experience. Recommended bridle paths are marked to ensure you get the best routes through the Park. Permits to use the bridle paths can be obtained from Crawfordsburn Country Park.


Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

Follow the A2 from Belfast to Bangor. Redburn Country Park is signposted from the junction at Palace Barricks.


Dogs are allowed. Dogs should be under control. Please clean up after your dog.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 5

Short section of path suitable for wheelchairs at Ardtullagh lane entrance (450m).




Redburn Country Park Leaflet

Publication Availability

Information available from Crawfordsburn Country Park. 028 9185 2439

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Ratings and Comments

Esther 2 April, 2019 @ 18:27

I recently visited this area for the first time with a walking group. The blue route we followed had a steep walk at the beginning , requiring a walking pole for those less used to walking heights. Although the average age of the group would be late 60s/ early70s , most would be reasonably fit and agile , so the uneven terrain was not an issue. Views over Belfast Lough from the top where worthwhile , though it was a misty day so visibility was restricted — however we were able to see the ships sailing up the Lough and flights coming into George Best Airport—- well worth a second visit in better weather though!

Roy martin 15 January, 2018 @ 16:57

Redburn is a unique place,beautiful in all seasons.But hurry up if you want to enjoy it ,at the rate they 're cutting down the trees there'll be little left to see

Robert Martin 11 January, 2018 @ 11:57

The Redburn management are conducting their second cull in six years of mostly healthy, yes,healthy,mature trees.There is little enjoyment to be had walking along the paths with beautiful trees cut down and lying in pieces. Acre for acre, Northern Ireland is the least forested country in Europe and here we have managerial vandalism at its bureaucratic worst.Shame on you,shame on you.

Alfred Hagan 11 September, 2013 @ 19:30

I have been there few times. I love this walk. There are many different paths with not many posts with showing blue and yellow marking points.

Clare McQuillan 9 February, 2013 @ 16:53

What a great walk. I loved Redburn today. It was cold, wet and misty but beautiful. My only problem was that the sign displaying a map at the carpark was covered in a poster telling people to be clean and tidy and covering up the different path routes. This was a little irritating as I had never been to the park before. Otherwise it's a great walk!

Norma Wallace 15 October, 2010 @ 16:56

Lovely woodland walk though fairly steep. Lots of fungi in autumn. Well maintained paths. Pity about the height barrier on the car park. Very tourist unfriendly to motorhome users like ourselves. Had to park in layby meant for residents of the nearby housing estate.

John Lockett 20 September, 2009 @ 17:44

My wife and I walked in Redburn having seen it mentioned on the Walk NI website. What a treasure of a place! How had we missed this for so many years. The beech woodland was beautiful and the views stunning. We will be back.

Chris McBurney 4 January, 2009 @ 17:14

I have been amazed at my ignorance for not discovering this little gem much sooner. I walked a figure of eight around the park noting all the different pathways available on route, which lend themselves to many varied walks within the parkland. I will be back again and again. The view of the Lough and its surround are excellent from the high open section, plane spotters could have a field day watching from above the glide path as their interest makes its approach and touches down at Belfast City (George Best) airport. Families or lovers could have a great picnic in that same open section. I digress, but then so did C.S. Lewis! Go and enjoy it.

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