NOTE: Blackhead Path is currently closed for repair

This seaside walk goes from Whitehead Boat Club to and around Blackhead. 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.

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  • Great walk but unfortunately is currently closed from close to the steps up to the lighthouse at the bottom and at the lighthouse gate at the top. This means you miss the most interesting and quirky part under the lighthouse. Still a pleasant walk along the seaside and climb up the steps to keep you fit.

    David Martin at 5:28 pm
  • County Antrim

    Distance 2.4 miles

    OS Map 15

    Terrain Level surfaced path, steep steps

    Nearest Town Whitehead

    Route Shape Linear

    Grid Reference J47911 92183

    Route Type Beach, Coastal, Woodland

    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.

    At present, the section of path around Blackhead itself is currently closed. This is due to damage to the path and to the handrails which have collapsed in places. There is a programme of maintenance wor

    The Blackhead Lighthouse

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

    Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

    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.

    The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

    – Disabled toilets

    Grade 5

    • There may not be a formalised path, and variable, single file trails are to be expected.
    • Gradients and cross slope could be expected to be steep and not limited.
    • Obstacles and surface breaks of greater than 75mm measured across the line of the path to be expected.
    • Overhanging branches are possible. Passing places and rest areas may not be formalised or provided.