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    Blackhead Walk


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    The Blackhead Walk is a fantastic journey along the coast of Northern Ireland that will produce lovely seaside views and the chance to visit historical sites. While out on the trail, you will traverse the coastal Blackhead Path and take in views of the Belfast Lough, before visiting Blackhead Lighthouse that was built at the turn of the 20th Century. While this is a short and fairly easy route, it features terrain that will make it unsuitable for less-mobile walkers.

    Route Description for Blackhead Walk

    Although the Blackhead Walk is a fairly easy adventure, the route does feature some rugged coastal terrain and steep steps that will not be suitable for less-mobile travellers or families with pushcarts. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, as some terrain here is uneven.

    The short overall length, beautifully scenic views, and fascinating historical buildings along this route make it an excellent option for those looking for a fun day walk in Northern Ireland. In addition to exploring the historic lighthouse, you can actually book the rooms within it for an overnight stay, making it an excellent option if you are trying to plan a unique vacation. Whether you are looking to spend a few days exploring the area or are simply searching for a quick day walk, the Blackhead Walk will be sure not to disappoint.

    Setting out from the car park, make your way to the northeast to begin your adventure along the Blackhead Path that will lead you up to the historic Blackhead Lighthouse. Take some time over the next 0.79mi to enjoy the beautiful views across the waters of Belfast Lough, before arriving at a junction in the path. Here, you will head to the right to continue along the water’s edge for another 0.6 km, traversing the rugged coastal terrain surrounding the lighthouse.

    Reaching the northernmost point of the route, you will turn to the south and make your way directly towards the early 20th Century lighthouse that served to guide ships in and out of Belfast Lough, including the infamous Titanic. Currently, rooms within the lighthouse can be rented out for a unique stay in this historical building with a picturesque seaside backdrop.

    After passing by the lighthouse, you will continue on to the southwest for another 0.7 km, passing by Blackhead Cottage as you work your way downhill along some steps toward the initial junction that you faced earlier on in your walk. Keep right here and follow the path back to the car park to wrap up your time along the Blackhead Walk.

    Trail Highlights

    Blackhead Lighthouse

    Constructed at the turn of the 20th Century, Blackhead Lighthouse marks the northern tip of Belfast Lough, where it widens into the North Channel. Due to its strategic location, the lighthouse was one of the guardians of the coast during the golden age of shipping in Belfast and guided a number of prominent ships out to sea, including the infamous Titanic. The building itself is an octagonal tower made of stone that stands at 16m in height.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Where do you park for the Blackhead Lighthouse?

    Parking is available at the start of the Blackhead Path, which is the Whitehead car park off of Old Castle Road.

    Can you stay in Blackhead Lighthouse?

    Yes, there are several rooms available to book an overnight stay at Blackhead Lighthouse.

    Insider Hints for Blackhead Walk

    • Wear proper walking shoes for this route.
    • While the route is fairly easy, there are portions of the trail that are steep, uneven, rocky, and feature steps, making it unsuitable for strollers or wheelchairs.
    • Toilet facilities can be found near the car park.

    Getting to the Blackhead Walk Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Blackhead Walk can be found at the Whitehead car park in Whitehead, just off Old Castle Road.

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