It’s fair to say that we can blow off some steam at Christmas – and rightly so!

A Christmas dinner with all the trimmings is the one meal a year that many people dream of. So why not enjoy it this one time and treat yourself to another spoonful of the filling?

However, eating a large amount of turkey often leaves you feeling sluggish, making it difficult to enjoy the rest of the evening (or make room for dessert!).

What better way to shake off that feeling and stretch your legs for dessert than to grab your coats and go for a walk with the whole family on Christmas Day?

There are many beautiful places in Northern Ireland where you can enjoy the fresh winter air after your Christmas dinner.

Stormont Estate

Winter sunset from the steps of Parliament House, Stormont
Citrus smells in Stormont Park

Stormont Estate is located in East Belfast on the Upper Newtownards Road.

It has beautiful gardens, a variety of walking trails, fitness and adventure trails, a playground, picnic and barbecue areas and historic buildings.

Glenariff Forest Park

This Co Antrim park includes over 1,000 acres of planted woodland, lakes, outdoor recreation areas and nature reserves.

The wooden path that winds through the valley was first built about 100 years ago.

Castlewellan Forest Park, Co Down

A view of the Mournes from Castlewellan Forest Park
A view of the Mournes from Castlewellan Forest Park

The park covers 450 hectares of land north of the Morneberge.

Visitor facilities include the Annesley Gardens, the Arboretum and the Peace Maze.

Rathlin Trail

East Rathlin Island Lighthouse

This Co Antrim walk takes you from Rathlin Harbor to the West Lighthouse, including the RSPB Seabird Lookout.

Rathlin is known for its importance to wildlife.

Cuilcagh Promenade Route

The Cuilcagh Boardwalk, also known as the Stairway to Heaven, is a route that runs through one of Northern Ireland’s largest elevated moorlands. A steep climb over the wooden path takes you to a viewing platform that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding lowlands.

This Co Fermanagh walk is also known as the Stairway to Heaven Walk and passes through one of the largest areas of raised heath in Northern Ireland.

A steep climb is required to reach the viewing platform on Cuilcagh Mountain, which offers beautiful views of the surrounding areas.

Morneberg Granite Trail

The Morneberge or Mournes, a granite mountain range in County Down in south-eastern Northern Ireland, are some of the most famous mountains on the island of Ireland. The surrounding area is an area of ​​outstanding natural beauty and is proposed to be Northern Ireland’s first national park. The Morneberge are partly owned by the National Trust and attract large numbers of visitors every year. The highest mountain is Slieve Donard at 849 meters (2,786 ft).

It stretches some distance from the coast, starting at Newcastle Harbour, to open moorland.

Walking through the forest surrounded by mountains, streams and rivers, you can enjoy various natural habitats.

north coast

Giants Causeway at sunset.

There are many wonderful walking areas on the north coast, including the Giant’s Causeway.

Slemish Mountain, Co. Antrim

Slemish Mountain
Slemish Mountain

This beautiful site with picturesque views in Broughshane, Co Antrim, is the first known Irish home of Saint Patrick.

The mountain rises about 1,500 feet high and is the central core of an extinct volcano.

Belfast Hills

With views over Divis and Swartberge

The hills surrounding Belfast provide a unique backdrop with fantastic views of the city.

You can enjoy it at Cave Hill and Belfast Castle or Black Mountain.

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