Experience the lowland meadow and rush pasture habitats of Slievenacloy, some of the rarest grassland habitat in Ulster. The fields are alive with delicate flowers, insects & birds, and watch out in the autumn for rare grassland fungi. Dogs must be kept on a lead due to grazing animals.

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Slievenacloy – Ballycolin



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  • I would like to say that the Ulster Wildlife Trust, in response to my initial comment, have supplied me with very detailed information on access and siad that they would look at their access information. I would like to thank them for this.

    Enid Crowe at 9:35 pm
  • County Antrim

    Distance 1.5 miles

    OS Map Sheets 14 & 15

    Terrain Off-road paths, rough pasture

    Nearest Town Stoneyford near Lisburn

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference J24981 71191

    Route Type Hill

    Walk south from the farmhouse down the hill towards the road following the yellow butterfly markers. At the bottom of the hill, climb over the field gate to the left & walk through the lowland meadow, following the fenceline on your right, parallel to the road.

    At the intersecting fenceline, use the stile, then cross over the Stonyford stream. Follow the earth bank up the slope ahead & then through the rush pasture, watching out for wet & boggy areas! At the next fenceline, turn left following the waymarker posts north until you drop down & cross over the stile onto the surfaced track.

    Turn left & follow the surfaced track west, turning left at the road junction back towards the farmhouse.

    Wild orchids, Irish hare and waxcap fungi.

    Found off the Flowbog Road with parking available. Ring the Ulster Wildlife for further details on 028 4483 0282 go to the Ulster Wildlife website.

    Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

    Dogs are allowed. Dogs must be kept on leads

    Visitors should park where they can find a safe spot, for example across one of the double gates at the start of the path leading to the derelict farmhouse, leaving space for tractor access. Refreshments can be bought from the Glen Colin filling station at the junction of the Ballycolin/Colin Glen Road, or at the Ballymac Hotel on the Rock Road. There are toilet facilities on site however you need to contact the UWT to arrange for these to be opened.

    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.