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Carnfunnock Country Park
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Carnfunnock Country Park

This 191 hectare estate has been transformed into a wonderful park with all manner of attractions, activities, mature woodland and magnificent coastal views. This short 1km route takes you to the centre of the action where you can explore all the park has to offer.

CountyAntrimDistance0.6 miles
Nearest TownLarneOS Map9
Route TypeCoastal, Parkland and GrasslandRoute ShapeLinear
AONBAntrim Coast & GlensGrid Ref (Start)D385066
Public RoadsOn Public RoadGrid Ref (End)D385066

Terrain

Mostly through parkland and along coastal path. Small section on public roadway.

Point of Interest

Children's maritime themed adventure playground.
Maze in the shape of Northern Ireland.
Walled garden with unique sundials and wood sculptures.
Family Fun Zone with miniature railway, WOW balls, bungee trampolines, 18 hole mini golf and more.

Route Description

From Drains Bay the route starts with a colourful children’s playground, then continues along until you see a National Cycle Network milestone directing you to turn left onto a mature tree-lined avenue. Continue towards another children’s activity centre, and then right onto the park’s main road. This is shared with cars and walkers.

At the Visitor Centre just ahead, pick up a leaflet and begin exploring all the attractions at your leisure. The unique hornbeam maze in the shape of Northern Ireland, woodland walks, beautiful walled garden with sundials, Activity Centre and the Family Zone should keep your family busy for most of the day. To exit, retrace your tracks back to Drains Bay or continue along the main exit onto the Causeway Coastal Route.

Just cycle onwards for 1 mile and you will come to the picturesque Ballygally Beach.

Getting to the Start

Carnfunnock Country Park lies 3.5 miles north of Larne on the Causeway Coastal Route. Approach from Drains Bay car park on Route 93 or further north through the main park entrance on the A2.

Traffic

Mostly traffic free. Some slow moving traffic.

Facilities

Public toilets, visitor centre with gift and coffee shop, caravan park & campsite.

Information for People with a Disability

This route has accessible toilet facilities.

Mostly on flat tarmac roads or footpath. Accessible toilets available at Drains Bay, Carnfunnock Visitor Centre and Activity Centre.

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