Agnew’s Hill

Agnews Hill lies halfway between Ballyboley Forst and the Sallagh Braes, 5 miles west of Larne Town. This is a strenuous walk, covering bogland terrain which is very wet and uneven in places. There is also a steep descent to the Star Bog Road.

Agnew’s Hill lies halfway between Ballyboley Forst and the Sallagh Braes, 5 miles west of Larne Town.

After crossing the A36, enter Ballyboley Forest and follow the firebreak in the trees. Wooden Ulster Way marker posts are in place. At the boundary of the forest is a stile and ditch to be negotiated. The route then follows a straight line, crossing two wide farm tracks, to the cairn of stones which can be seen on top of the hill (weather permitting). This is the highest point in Hightown (412m). From here, there are magnificent views stretching to the Mourne Mountains, Lough Neagh, the Sperrins, Slemish, Mull of Kintyre, Ailsa Craig, Larne and Belfast Lough. The ships passing to and from Larne Port to Scotland can be seen.

The walk continues to climb towards the summit of Agnew’s Hill (474m) which provides extensive views of the surrounding countryside, including Woodburn and Carn Forests near Carrickfergus. The ruins of Kilwaughter Castle (the ancient seat of the Agnew family) is situated to the north, in the former demesne. From the summit follow the waymarkers and use the stiles provided, taking care when descending to the Star Bog Road as the conditions in this location are more often wet than dry.

This is a linear (optional return) walk, all off-road over farmland, covering a distance of 3.7 miles (6km). Allow for 2 hours one way. Dogs are not allowed due to grazing livestock. This walk goes over a wide and exposed landscape with few landmarks. In misty weather, this can be disorientating so it is advisable to be well equipped before setting out.

This is a strenuous walk, covering bogland terrain which is very wet and uneven in places. There is also a steep descent to the Star Bog Road.

Start at the small car park located on the A36, Shane’s Hill Road which runs between Ballymena and Larne through Ballyboley Forest.

Refreshments are available at the Ballyboley Inn, about 1 mile west from the Ulster Way.

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Photo by: Colum Mackle

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