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Highway to Health, Donaghadee

The walks take place in Donaghadee, a town which has been described as one of the best kept secrets of the Ulster coastline, only 21 miles from Scotland and once the premier ferry port between Ireland and Scotland.

This urban walk is part of the Highway to Health Scheme - a simple and innovative scheme which aims to encourage people of all ages to walk for leisure and good health. It uses pole signs at one kilometre intervals on an established route.

Millisle Beach is a nearby attraction.




1.65 miles

OS Map

Sheet 15

Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type

Highway to Health


Tarmac/ paving

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Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest


Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Other Area

Route Description

Route 1 marked in yellow is 2.66 kms (1.65 miles) with an estimated target time of 25-26 minutes. The walk starts at the bottom of New Street, proceeds up New Street out the Millisle Road, down into the Commons recreation area where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Copeland islands and the Scottish coast. The route proceeds through the car park coming back into the town via the ancient harbour.

Route 2 marked in pink starts at the junction of Bridge Street and Shore Street. Out Shore Street turn left into New Road, left at the Maxol Filling Station into Moat Street, left down Bridge Street to finish. The distance is 1.70 kms (1.06 miles) with a target time of 16-17 minutes with a good view of the Moat perched high above the town.

Getting to the Start

The routes can be accessed at any point and walked in either direction.





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Walk Location
Map of Northern Ireland

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