Belfast Lagan – Ulster Scots Walk
This 3.5 mile walk follows the path of the river lagan and explores how Ulster Scots industrialists transformed a town into a large, prosperous city. It takes in Shaws Bridge, the Lagan towpath, and Clement Wilson Park. It’s mostly flat and along public footpaths, but there are steps over a bridge.
To find out more about the Ulster Scots history of Shaws Bridge, check out the Danders Aroon videos in the Route Description section below.
Distance 3.5 miles
OS Map Sheet 15
Terrain Public footpath, some steps over a bridge.
Nearest Town Belfast
Route Shape Circular
Grid Reference J32388 69064
Route Type Riverside
Start at the public car park beside Shaw’s Bridge and walk to the right of the boat house, joining the riverside path. Follow the towpath for 1.5km, keeping an eye out for all the wildlife. When you get to the wooden bridge, cross over to the other side and turn left, back towards the city.
The walk passes through Minnowburn tracking the river, cross the stone bridge towards the car park and turn immediately left for the path back towards the city. Under the road the walk continues as the walk was part of the old lagan canal system – continue to the lock keepers cottage. The path on the lock keepers side of the canal will eventually bring you to the suspension bridge over the water – cross that and continue into Clement Wilson Park.
This path was built over an old mill race which brought water to Wilsons factory, another reminder of Belfast’s industrial past. This will take you back to the car park.
BELFAST LAGAN ADDITIONAL CONTENT
Shaw’s Bridge, Minnowburn, Lock Keepers Cottage, Clement Wilson Park.
Start at the public car park beside Shaw’s Bridge.
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Dogs are allowed. Dogs must be kept on leads
Car parking is available.