Directions to Scawt Hill and Carnfunnock Country Park

Directions have been given via Belfast (M1/M2). You may prefer the slightly shorter route via Nutts Corner, Airport Roundabout, Templepatrick etc. - it saves nearly five miles but according to the AA it will take a minute longer! Carnfunnock is about three miles north of Larne on the Antrim Coast Road. Hill walkers will meet in Ballygally which is only one and a half miles further north along the Coast Road. If you want the shortest route to each the approaches are slightly different.

Postcodes for your satnav

Ballygally Castle Hotel: BT40 2QZ

Carnfunnock Country Park: BT40 2QG

Scawt Hill - Antrim Hills Way - via Ballygally

From Lurgan, join the M1 and drive to Belfast, through the Westlink and onto the M2. Continue on the M2 to junction 4 and take exit to Larne - at Sandyknowes Roundabout - take the 4th exit from the roundabout onto A8 leading to Larne. Continue on this road until you get to the Millbrook Roundabout just outside Larne. Take the first exit on this roundabout, signed Cairncastle B148. After 0.7 miles turn right into the Ballyhampton Road and in 100 yards take slight left onto the Ballymullock Road. Follow this for 2.5 miles and then turn right at cross roads onto the Croft Road and follow this road down to the shore at the Ballygally Castle Hotel. Public toilets are (or were) a few tards along the shore on your right.

To get from Ballygally to the car park serving Scawt Hill - take the Caincastle Road beside the Castle Hotel and follow this until it meets the Brustin Brae Road / Drumnagreagh Road. Turn right and after a few yards take the road to your left (Ballycoose Road) and follow this as it becomes the Feystown Road. After a couple of miles you will arrive at car park on left where we will assemble.

Carnfunnock Country Park

For Carnfunnock follow directions above for Larne but drive straight through the Millbrook Roundabout (second exit) and at the next roundabout (Antiville Roundabout in one mile) on the outskirts of Larne. Follow signs for Craigyhill at roundabout - Antiville Road. After 0.7 miles turn left on the Upper Cairncastle Road. After a further 0.6 miles take the second exit (turning right) at the roundabout on to the Ballycraigy Road and at the end of this road turn left on to the Old Glenarm Road. After 0.6 miles turn right onto Branch Road and follow this to the Coast Road where you turn left, following the signs to Carnfunnock Country Park.