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The Great Outdoors

Summer 2022 is here – it’s time to get outdoors and moving!

Why not get active with some beautiful walks, runs, cycles while exploring the stunning parks across Armagh and surrounding areas.

Palace Demesne Park

Palace Demesne

Situated within walking distance of the City Centre, for over two hundred years, the undulating parkland of the Palace Demesne has been one of the glories of Armagh.  The Demesne, comprising some 300 acres, is the creation of Archbishop Richard Robinson.  The Palace was the residence of the Archbishops of the Church of Ireland from 1770 to 1975.

The Palace Demesne holds the famous 5K Park Run every Saturday morning, an undulating, picturesque two lap course.

An undulating, picturesque two lap course which starts on tarmac and moves to trail paths through woods. Runners then go back onto tarmac through to natural woodland, back onto trail paths up a wee hill to the start / finish point.

A challenging course with a great view of nature to take your mind off the run and enough up hills to test your fitness, and flat sections to catch your breath and enjoyable downhill sections to make it a great course for everyone of all abilities.

The Pilgrim Walk


The Pilgrim walk map is a 132km (82 mile) trail connecting Armagh and Downpatrick as the two locations on the island of Ireland most closely related to Saint Patrick. Saint Patrick’s Way is suitable for leisure walking and pilgrimages. The Walk begins at the Navan Centre outside the ancient city of Armagh winding through beautiful landscapes and historic cities, to end at Saint Patrick’s final resting place at Down Cathedral in Downpatrick.

Scarva is the perfect location to stop and have a rest with the delicious Hollie Berrie Tearooms or Sintons at the Bridge just off the track including outside seating area.

Oxford Island

Lough Neagh

Oxford Island is located on the South-Eastern shore of Lough Neagh, Co Armagh. Much of the area is designated as a National Nature due to the diversity and local importance of habitats such as reed beds, open water, wildlife ponds, forests and wildflower meadows.

The Woodland Wander, Old Shoreline Walk, Kinnego Meadow Trail and Kinnego Pond Trail. These are the names of the dedicated Walking trails at Oxford Island where the Public can enjoy the sounds and sights of nature. Designed for all abilities of mobility the trails can lead onto further branching footpaths just off the beaten track, venturing deeper but safely into the Nature reserve.

In addition to our walking trails there are also two playparks for the little ones to enjoy and play on after their exercise!

The Mall


The home of the world wide famous International 5K Road Race, this iconic event is now ranked as the best and most popular road race in the world.

The uniqueness of the event is a lapped course as oppose to a single road 5km loop. Each lap is roughly 1km, so four and three quarter laps made up the 5km distance. This has been highlighted by the fact that no other race brings together so many athletes running under 15 minutes.

The Mall is a great location for a walk, run and cycle for the kids. Morning and Night the Mall is always lit up.

Loughgall Country Park


Loughgall Country Park is a rural haven of relaxation and recreation. A diverse spectrum of activities ranging from golf to walking, fishing to tennis make this spacious complex a mecca for families, sports enthusiasts and those merely in search of a helping of tranquility. The emphasis, indeed, is very much on family pursuits. Walking, cycling, a children’s play area, golf, fishing, an adventure trail, trim trail, football pitch and tennis courts are just some of the amenities on offer.

There’s something for everyone, from the zealous sports lover to the casual visitor who relishes the outdoor life. The extensive facilities offer considerable scope for pursuing a healthy lifestyle while at the same time providing an invaluable recreational outlet for children, even those of a very young age.

Lurgan Park


Lurgan Park is Northern Ireland’s Largest Public Park and is home to a beautiful Colebrook fountain constructed in the Park in 1928, it is situated at the top of what is The Grand Avenue, a fully tree lined avenue that runs the full length of the park from the Windsor Avenue Entrance Right up to the Avenue Road Entrance. To walk completely around the park is 2-miles (3.2km).

It is a haven for wildlife with the lake, trees, bushes & grasslands scattered the length and breadth of this beautiful park. Popular with walkers it is indeed a sight to behold and it is wonderfully complimented by the historic Brownlow house overlooking this expansive park.