Ulster Way Useful Info

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 625 mile circular walk with 9 quality sections and 6 link sections where public transport is recommended.

Quality Sections
The Quality Sections, as the name suggests, provide a truly quality walking experience. They are mainly on the already established Waymarked Ways which are predominantly off road, pass through Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and waymarked throughout their length.

Link Sections
The Link Sections are not waymarked and mainly on public roads some of which can be very busy. Walkers are actively encouraged to make use of public transport along these sections so they can make best use of their time on the more attractive Quality Sections.

The Ulster Way Map with interactive route descriptions can be found here: https://walkni.com/ulsterway/

Although the quality sections are waymarked, unfortunately circumstances beyond our control e.g. theft can occur and therefore it is important to always be prepared and bring a map and compass when walking the route. WalkNI now features interactive mapping so before heading out to explore the Ulster Way please take some time to familiarise yourself with the route.

Accommodation is limited along this route to B&B’s, Guesthouses and Hotels. Permission to camp must be sought from the landowner directly. A full list of accommodation along the route can be found on the Discover Northern Ireland Accommodation Finder. Please note that it may be necessary to use public transport, taxis or where available shuttle services to travel to and from your accommodation.

For link sections we recommend using a car, public transport or where available a shuttle service to travel between quality sections.

Mourne Shuttle Bus Service
This 16 seat mini bus can pick you up at your desired car park and take you out to the start point of your route so you can walk back to the car meaning you will no longer be restricted to the circular routes and can explore many of the fantastic linear ones in the area also. The shuttle service runs throughout the whole year, every weekend and can be requested during the week also. In the summer months of July and August the service will be available seven days a week.

Pick up and drop off points include Donard Park, Newcastle, Trassey Track Car Park and Carricklittle Car Park. A bespoke shuttle and support service to walking groups is also available. For more information or to book the shuttle service, please contact Peter Magowan on 07516 412076.

Plan your route using public transport
Plan your route using the Translink Website: https://www.translink.co.uk/

  • Mourne Rambler (Seasonal)
  • Causeway Coast Rambler (Seasonal)