The Ulster Way is a long distance walk made up of a series of trails throughout Northern Ireland which total 636 miles (1,024km). It encircles the province and takes in all six counties as well as a small portion of trail in Donegal.
The brainchild of Wilfrid Capper MBE, who in 1946 had the inspiration to create a circular walking route taking in the six counties of Northern Ireland, the Ulster Way passes through some of the best landscapes Northern Ireland has to offer.
Originally planned to be a walking link between the ring of Youth Hostels which used to encircle Northern Ireland, after a few revisions over the years the route now consists of a 636 mile circular walk.
A series of renovations along the route took place throughout 2020 and 2021.
The Ulster Way is maintained by all 11 councils across Northern Ireland, each looking after their own sections of the long-distance trail. This includes trail maintenance, ensuring the route is well signposted and dealing with any complaints which may arise on the route.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency is dedicated to protecting and enhancing Northern Ireland’s environment, and in doing so, deliver health and well-being benefits and support economic growth. They have been a longstanding supporter of the Ulster Way.
You can spot an Ulster Way sign by looking out for its distinctive blue and yellow markings. Examples of this can be seen below:
You may also find signage alongside the Ulster Way denoting the International Appalachian Trail. You can find more information on this on our IAT-Ulster Way page.
Although the trails are waymarked, it is important to always be prepared and bring a map and compass when walking the route. Order OS maps from: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/services/osni-online-map-shop
Walks are graded by the level of accessibility they provide. Individual grade levels can be found in walk Route Descriptions.