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Blackhead Path

This seaside walk goes from Whitehead Boat Club to Sunshine House. The path runs northeast from Whitehead and is lined by interesting wildlife habitats including grassland, woodland (known locally as the 'Magic Forest') and a rocky shoreline. The Lough itself is an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI) famed for its bird population.




2.4 miles

OS Map


Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type

Beach, Coastal, Woodland


Level surfaced path, steep steps

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

The Blackhead Lighthouse

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Other Area

Route Description

This walk starts at Whitehead Yacht Club and leads along a coastal path and up some steep steps to Blackhead Lighthouse. From here walkers descend some more steep steps back to the coastal path and back to the car park.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Whitehead can be reached by train and bus from Larne or Belfast. Call Translink on 028 9066 6630 or follow the Translink below.

Getting to the Start (by Car)

By car take the A2 from Carrickfergus or Larne. Car parking is available at the start of Blackhead Path.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 5

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Disabled toilets


Car park, toilets - 10p. There are also several shelters along the walk.

Whitehead has a number of cafe facilities and public toilets.

Whitehead can be reached by car, bus and train. For further information on public transport options visit www.translink.co.uk.


Whitehead Highway to Health. Whitehead Wildlife Walk. The Causeway Coast + Glens.

Publication Availability

Contact Carrickfergus Tourist Information Centre - tel: 028 9335 8049 or email: touristinfo@carrickfergus.org. Whitehead Wildlife Walk and The Causeway Coast + Glens Walking Guide also available to download on this page.

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Ratings and Comments

denise turkington 28 May, 2013 @ 23:24

Have done this walk several times. great views from the top if you can manage the steps.. Can b steep but well worth the climb..

Marie Field 30 July, 2012 @ 13:17

This walk belongs to the nation & enjoyed by many.Hope Carrick Council are far sighted enought to keep it open.

Esther O'Hara 27 July, 2012 @ 19:02

Beautiful walk for all ages and pets. I come from Ballyclare to do this walk.

Simon Wheeler 25 February, 2012 @ 17:08

This is a great walk, but Carrickfergus Council are planning to close it permanently. Please express your support to keep it open

Campbell Lawley 15 March, 2009 @ 21:28

This walk is very relaxing. The sound from the sea, the views make it a worth while trip. The climb up to the lighthouse is steep. If you can't make the steps you can alway walk back along the path and still feel the pleasure of the walk.

Robert Nesbitt 13 March, 2009 @ 13:45

I belong to the Lagan valley Ramblers Club and I walk this walk Every year when they Do it and I find it very Challenging you go from the Carpark to the Lighthouse from where the Path Ends and Climb the steps My best friend was not sure about it at first but put Her best foot forward and was Rewarded with a Lovely view of Scotland and the isle of Man could this Path be Extended A a clift top Path or B a lower Path to Island Magee along the Coast just like the Gobbins seems a sin to waste such a Lovely path of only a Short Distance only to go back to the carpark again

karen 15 February, 2009 @ 14:14

great walk, loved the views

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