Sunday 10th – Walk Update

Posted by Kieran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 09-12-2017

Our walk tomorrow is still going ahead, however, due to the possibility of more snow, it may be necessary to curtail it slightly, but we can decide that on the day

Could I ask everyone to take care on the road to the car park as this may not have been gritted

Sunday 10th December – Divis

Posted by Kieran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 05-12-2017

We are organising a walk for next Sunday, the 10th December.

This walk will take place along part of the Ridge Trail before leaving the path and walking across the fields towards the Black Mountain quarry and wherever else we decide, so boots and waterproofs will be required.

Afterwards we plan to have some refreshments in the Farmers Inn

Meet-up :- We will meet up at the main Divis car park at 10.00

November Walk – Bangor – Holywood

Posted by Kieran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 13-10-2017

NOVEMBER WALK – Sunday 5th  

For our November walk we thought we would repeat our first walk of the year by walking from Bangor to Hollywood, many people enjoyed this walk due to its flat terrain and nice views of Belfast Lough and the Belfast Hills.

We shall meet at Bangor train station at 10.15, the time that the 9.08 from Lisburn arrives at the station. Earlier in the year many of us choose to get the train at various points along the line, NI Railway have a Sunday Day Tracker fare, for £7.50 which allows you to have unlimited travel on all trains 

The times are listed below.

  • Lisburn 9.08
  • Dunmurry 9.18
  • Finaghy 9.21
  • Balmoral 9.23
  • Belfast Central 9.40
  • Holywood 9.53

Some people choose to drive to Hollywood Station and boarded the train there.

 We would plan once again to stop at the cafe in Crawfordsburn Country Park for some lunch and finish the walk with a stop in the pub in Hollywood before getting the train back to Belfast or Lisburn.



The Christmas Dinner is now booked for the Mourne Seafood on Saturday 2nd December for 6pm. We have booked a table for 14 people and the plan is to eat, hand the table back by 8.30 and then go to a nearby pub for a few drinks and a bit of craic.

 Thirteen of us are coming to the dinner, leaving one last place. Anyone who isn’t able to come to the dinner is welcome to join us afterwards at whatever bar we end up in that evening. Looking forward to it.


Slieve Donard – 1st October

Posted by Kieran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 19-09-2017

Our last walk of “summer time” before the clocks go back, will be to Slieve Donard in the Mourne Mountains

We shall meet up at Donard car park in Newcastle at 10.00 am on Sunday 1st October, to sort out some car sharing etc before driving to the car park at Bloody Bridge

Afterwards we can meet up for a coffee or drink in a local hostelry 

If anyone can offer or requires a lift let us know

Stairway to Heaven 2-3rd September

Posted by Kieran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 25-08-2017

Our September walk will be to the Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail in Fermanagh, which has been nicknamed “The Stairway to Heaven”

A number of people will be staying in Enniskillen on the Friday and Saturday evening and some will travel down for either the Saturday or Sunday walk or indeed both.

Due to complications with booking people into rooms, it would be better for people to source their own accommodation, we will try to assist where possible, just drop us an email.

We currently have eight people staying over for the weekend, which is great, a few more would be welcome. We shall get together briefly on the Friday evening as people are going to arrive at different times but hopefully we shall all get a meal together on the Saturday night.

Details of both days walks will not be decided until the Friday evening in Enniskillen when the group who are there can make their decision based on the weather forecast, so If anyone is thinking about coming down on the Saturday or Sunday morning, we will need their mobile number to let them know what is happening.

Link to walk – Cuilcagh Mountain

Evening Walk 13th July

Posted by Kieran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 11-07-2017

If anyone would like to repeat last year’s Lady Dixon Park evening walk then let’s get together at 6 pm at the Drumbeg Car Park for a walk around the perimeter and then a look at the roses. We can finish with a drink or a bite in Bob Stewarts or any other pub of choice. 

The Drumbeg Car park is opposite Drumbeg Parish Church on the Upper Malone Rd. Go down Dunmurry Lane and turn right 

Cooley Mountains – 2nd July

Posted by Kieran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 20-06-2017

July’s walk will be held on 2nd July and it will be to the Cooley mountains near Carlingford, famed by the legendary Setanta / Cu Chulainn 
Meetup – We will meet in the main car-park in Carlingford on Sunday 2nd July at 10.00 am, we estimate the walk will take about five hours including a stop for lunch

Walk Details – We will begin in the village and take a walk firstly through the forest before climbing to the top of the Cooley Mountain from where there are the most spectacular views of the surrounding area. We will return a different way via the Famine village so the walk will be circular and begin and end in the car-park in Carlingford.

Car Sharing – folks we should try to car share wherever possible, if anyone wants a lift or can offer a lift can they let us know at
If any new walkers want to join us just drop us an email or meet us in the carpark in Carlingford 

Rathlin Island – 4th June 

Posted by Kieran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 12-05-2017

We will be returning to Rathlin Island on Sunday 4th June for one of our popular walks. Our visit will also coincide with the last day of the Rathlin Maritime Festival, so expect a nice buzz around the island

We hope to enjoy the natural scenery, try some of the new National Trust walks, watch Puffins and enjoy the maritime festival

Travel Information – We will take the 9.30 fast sailing (25 min) from Ballycastle to Rathlin, returning from Rathlin at 4.15pm – we have reserved 15 places, these will allocated in a first come first serve basis. The price of the ferry is £12 return
Please note that the fast ferry will be departing at 9.30am sharp, so I would recommend being at the ferry office by 9.00am to purchase tickets, please note that there are still major road works as they dual the A26 so give yourselves extra time

Car Sharing – Can we recommend that people car share where possible. If you contact we can try to facilitate car sharing. So if you can offer a lift or require a lift drop us a line

Slieve Gullion – 7th May

Posted by Kieran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 22-04-2017

May’s walk will be to Slieve Gullion, which we haven’t walked for quite a while, so it will be nice to re-visit an old favourite 

We will meet-up at the main car park of the visitors centre at Slieve Gullion at 10:00am. There are toilets facilities etc available in the main visitor centre but the cafe may not be open until later

We shall return to the lovely courtyard of the visitors centre after the walk for some après walk drinks
The walk should take around 5 hours and offers stunning views of the south Armagh countryside
Car Sharing:- If anyone needs or can offer a lift can they let us know ASAP, so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

April 2nd – Fair Head Cliff Top Walk

Posted by Kieran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 26-03-2017

For our first walk of Spring proper and with the stretch in the days we are going on a new walk which Paula has previously walked – FAIR HEAD AND MURLOUGH BAY North East Antrim coastal/cliff top walk

This walk starts and finishes in a very small car park with no facilities, therefore Paula suggests we meet up in Ballycastle first, then travel in as few cars as possible to the carpark at the start of the walk – about 2-3 miles outside of Ballycastle.

We will be starting from the upper car park at Murlough Bay. The walk goes downhill, along the coast in a loop, before we take a twisting path through woodland to the top of the escarpment again. The bay is really beautiful and remote – those who watch Game of Thrones should recognise it! This part of the walk will probably take 2½ to 3 hours and at this point we pass by the cars.

The next part of the walk involves minimal ascents and descents, as we stay on the top of the cliffs, taking an out-and-back walk along the cliff tops at Fair Head. Hopefully we will get a clear day, as the views of Rathlin and across to Scotland really are stunning.

Finally, return to Ballycastle for refreshments.

Meet-up:- Main car park in Ballycastle at 10.15 where we try to leave some cars, leaving Ballycastle at 10.30 for Murlough Bay

If anyone needs or can offer lifts please let us know