A very scenic, though steep, walk through a young woodland above Cargan Village in the Antrim Hills. The site is owned by the Woodland Trust.

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  • Drum woods is a gentle walk on the open hillside close to cargan village. The circular walk can at a moderate pace take about a hour. Views with are stunning.
    The sculpture on the hill top is spectacular. Antrim’s answer to the Angel of the North. It marks the area’s past industrial heritage of coal and mineral extraction.

    Today the landscape is dominated by agricultural activities and Drum Wood is becoming a haven for nature.

    Teresa O’Hare at 9:49 am
  • County Antrim

    Distance 0.5 miles

    OS Map Sheet 9

    Terrain Hillside grass track

    Nearest Town Cargan

    Route Shape Linear

    Grid Reference D161191

    Route Type Hill, Woodland

    Route Description

    Parking available on Skerry East Road, signed from Cargan village. A linear route using a grass track down the hill.

    Point of Interest

    Merlin, Sparrowhawk & Ragged Robin

    Getting to the start

    Signage from Cargan village to car park.


    Refreshments in Cargan. There is a toilet in the Costcutter in the garage.