How long will it take?
There is no way of giving one estimated time of how long it would take to walk the entire Ulster Way as this is dependent on a number of factors including your ability and speed. Other factors include the weather and whether or not you plan to walk the route in one go or take it in sections. Depending on your fitness level it is anticipated that it would take on average 3 weeks (based on an average of 20 miles walked per day) to walk the main sections.
I don’t have time to walk the whole thing, what sections should I pick?
Walking a short section of the Ulster Way is encouraged. A list of suggested shorter sections of the route can be found here.
Who manages the land?
The Ulster Way is managed by each of the 11 councils within Northern Ireland.
Where can I leave a review of a walk?
You can leave a review of the walk you completed on our sister website WalkNI.com
What if I only want to walk a short walk on the Ulster Way?
Check out our list of short walks on the Ulster Way here. (Page coming soon!)
What gear should I bring?
Visit the Adventure Smart website for useful hints and tips on making sure you have the appropriate gear and the skills to keep you safe whilst enjoying the great outdoors.
Do I have to be super fit to do the Ulster Way?
The trail should be taken at a pace you are comfortable with. There are some strenuous sections along the route but many sections can be walked as short walks comfortably, provided you have some walking fitness.
What is the weather going to be like?
Northern Ireland’s climate is oceanic, with quite cold, rainy winters and mild, relatively rainy summers. The spring and autumn are usually milder but can be windy and damp. For more detailed information on the weather, visit Climates to Travel.
Which direction should I walk the Ulster Way?
The Ulster Way can be explored clockwise, anticlockwise or in a random order of your choosing.
What services will I need?
In areas where the trail is more rurally located, shuttle services to and from your accommodation will be needed. If more information on the trail is required, walking providers can be booked, see a full list on our Walking Services page. Wi-Fi, hot water and other amenities will be available from the majority of accommodation along the route.
Is wild camping permitted along the Ulster Way?
Camping is only permitted at designated camping sites along the route.
How worried should I be about ticks and Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease is uncommon but for through walkers, it is important to thoroughly check for tick bites at the end of a days walking, particularly if you have walked through woodland and heath areas. Long sleeved tops and full length trousers are advisable, as is insect repellant. For more information on how to safely remove ticks and symptoms of Lyme disease, visit NI Direct.