Carnfunnock Shore Walk

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One of a whole host of great walks on offer through the picturesque surroundings of Carnfunnock Country Park.

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Carnfunnock Shore Walk



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County Antrim

Distance 1.5 miles

OS Map Sheet 9

Terrain Flat, hilly, slopes and steps.

Nearest Town Larne, Drains Bay & Ballygally.

Route Shape Linear

Grid Reference D384066

Route Type Coastal, Hill, Parkland & Grassland, Woodland

Go past the activity centre to the sandy beach at Drains Bay.

Activity centre, Drain’s Bay beach

On Antrim Coast Road (A2), 3.5 miles north of Larne. Walk from the main car park following sign posts directly to the Carnfunnock Visitor Centre.

Larne parkrun starts and ends at Drains Bay car park.

Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Dogs are allowed. Park operates dog zones. Dogs are not permitted in the activity centre. Dogs must be under control at all times. Use bins provided for waste.

The Cafe and Visitor Centre, with tourist information and novelty goods for sale, are open daily from mid March-October. The Cafe is open at weekends throughout the year. (Tel: 07933 884350 for confirmation of cafe opening hours)

There is a charge to use the car park in the summer season, although registered blue badge holders can park for free on production of their badge. Parking is also available in Carnfunnock Bay and Drains Bay. Toilets are open all year (excluding Christmas Day).

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

– Café (wheelchair accessible)
– Disabled parking
– Lighting (entire route)
– Visitors Centre
– Disabled toilets

Grade 4

  • The path may not be hard and firm in all weathers with loose stones (not bigger than 10cm) with occasional tree roots and pot holes and will be at least 80cm wide for its entire length.
  • The path gradients and cross slopes will be greater than 6 degrees
  • Obstacles such as steps or stiles are to be expected and surface breaks may be larger 75mm in width.
  • There will be a clear head height of greater than 2.10m for the entire length of the route.
  • Passing places and rest areas may not be formalised or provided.