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Aside from its natural beauty, Slemish's value as a heritage site is entirely bound up with its association with St Patrick. In local tradition, the mountain was the site of the saint's slavery, where he spent 6 years herding livestock for Mulchi, the local chieftain.




1.2 miles

OS Map

Sheet 9

Nearest Town

Nearest village Buckna

Route Shape


Route Type



Steep rocky track

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Look out for Wheater, Irish hare, Buzzard & Ravens

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Antrim Coast & Glens

Route Description

The walk starts from the car park up a steep rocky track to the summit some 1437 feet above sea level. The track down is much gentler and leads back to the car park.

Getting to the Start

Follow the brown signs from Ballymena


Dogs are allowed. Dogs must be kept on a lead.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 5

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Disabled toilets
Disabled parking


Car parking, picnic tables, toilets and information centre.


Ballymena Walks.

Publication Availability

Contact Ballymena Town Hall Museum & Arts Centre, 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, Co Antrim, BT43 5EJ. Tel: (028) 2563 5900 or email: tourist.information@ballymena.gov.uk.

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Ratings and Comments

Neil Baird 20 August, 2012 @ 14:17

Using a number of different trails up and down, you can make Slemish as challenging or as easy as you like. Fantastic views on a clear day as far as the Sperrins.

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