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Go on a St Patrick's Day pilgrimage or treat your mum to a beautiful walk she hasn't experienced before. We have also got plenty of ideas of how to make the most of the extra daylight.

St Patrick's Day Walks

To help you make the most of your upcoming three day weekend here are some of our top picks of St. Patrick themed events this March.

Saint Patrick's Day Walk, Fri 17th March, Castle Ward, Strangford, Co. Down
Enjoy a free guided walk through St Patrick’s country with lecale ramblers & Newry Mourne & Down District Council. The National Trust grounds & house of Castle Ward will be free to walkers on St Patrick's Day. 

Patrick & The Pagan Hills- Inaugural Tour, Sat 18th March, Saul, Co. Down
Hear ancient tales as you ramble off the beaten track from Saul to Slieve Patrick with a guide from Lecale Peninsula Tours.

St Patrick's Family Fun Day, Fri 17th March, Colin Glen Forest Park, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Enjoy a family fun day at Colin Glen this St Patrick's Day, with a range of activities, including the very popular Gruffalo Trail and the Colin Glen Fairy village. The park will be filled with music, entertainers and activities. 

If you fancy stretching your legs and using the bank holiday for a St Patricks Day Pilgrimage, we’ve put together a list of walks all which have associations with the famous Saint for you to enjoy: 'Walk In The Footsteps Of St Patrick'



Top 10 Mother's Day Walk Ideas

With Mother's Day on Sunday 26th March we have some suggestions of how you can make the day extra special! 

With the long-awaited arrival of Spring finally here and plenty of blue skies, it’s time you and your family enjoy a new season treat and some family time in the great outdoors. 

Check out our latest blog 'Top 10 Mother's Day Walk Ideas' for some inspiration


Longer Walks For Longer Days

With the clocks set to go forward on the 26th March, make the most of the extra daylight and explore some of the longer quality walks across Northern Ireland.

For breathtaking views explore the Causeway Coast Way, Co. Antrim
This 33 mile linear route from Portstewart to Ballycastle includes some of the most scenic coastal walking in Ireland featuring wide bays, sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs.

Don't get bogged down and follow the boardwalk along the Cuilcagh Way, Co. Fermanagh
Whether you walk it in full or sections you are sure to experience stunning views, fascinating geology, mystifying wildlife, captivating archaeology & natural history on this 20.5 miles circular route. 

Uncover the Myths & Legends of Strangford Lough along the Lecale Way
This 47 mile routes is characterised by pretty villages, wild coastline and a liberal scattering of castles and ancient monuments.

Mountain views without the climb- Mourne Way
Conturing the peaks rather than climbing them this 26 mile walk follows mountain trails and forest paths from Newcastle to Rostrevor.

For more info on long distance walks (over 20 miles) check out WalkNI.com



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