Selected sites to visit

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and other publically accessible properties with Earth science features
Please note any comment regarding access restrictions
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Numbers in brackets after each site name refers to the location shown on the map below

Site

Organisation

Location and further information

Geology

Aghatirourke (1)

FS
(DAERA)

Grid ref: H161315, 9 miles SW of Enniskillen
www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/nature-reserves-county-fermanagh

Carboniferous limestone. Solution features and areas of limestone pavement.

Ballintoy Harbour (2)

NT

Grid ref: D037452, 5.5 miles NW of Ballycastle
https://discovernorthernireland.com/Ballintoy-Harbour-Ballintoy-Ballycastle-P11983/

Palaeogene ash and basalt beds, raised beach features

Ballymaclary Nature Reserve (3)

NIEA
(DAERA)

Grid ref: C700365, 4 miles W of Castlerock
www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/ballymaclary-nature-reserve

Restricted access

Dune geomorphology including dune slacks

Ballyquintin Point Nature (4)

NIEA
(DAERA)

Grid ref: J621458, 3.5 miles SE of Portaferry
www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/ballyquintin-national-nature-reserve

Late glacial raised beach and modern shoreline processes

Banagher Glen Nature Reserve (5)

NIEA
(DAERA)

Grid ref: C672045, 3 miles SW of Dungiven
www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/banagher-glen-nature-reserve

Dalradian limestone in the quarry

Belshaw’s Quarry Nature Reserve (6)

NIEA
(DAERA)

Grid ref: J229671, 2.5 miles NW of Lisburn
www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/belshaws-quarry-nature-reserve

www.visitlisburncastlereagh.com/see-do/belshaws-quarry-sculpture-park

Quarry with Cretaceous chalk and Palaeogene basalt
Geo-sculpture Park

Binevenagh Nature Reserve (7)

NIEA
(DAERA)

Grid ref: C685309, 5 miles N of Limavady
www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/binevenagh-nature-reserve

Dramatic landslips and Palaeogene basalt

Boorin Nature Reserve (8)

NIEA
(DAERA)

Grid ref: H495846, 0.7 miles S of Gortin
www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/boorin-nature-reserve

Glacial delta complex

Carrickarede (9)

NT

Grid ref: D051447, 4.5 miles NW of Ballycastle
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/carrick-a-rede

Palaeogene volcanic vent

Carrickfergus Castle (10)

HED, Department for Communities

Grid ref: J414872, Carrickfergus
https://discovernorthernireland.com/Carrickfergus-Castle-Carrickfergus-P2814/

Castle built on large dolerite intrusion

Carricknagower (11)

FS
(DAERA)

Grid ref: H012544, 7 miles NW of Derrygonnelly
www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/nature-reserves-county-fermanagh

Carboniferous sandstone boulder and cliff faces

Correl Glen Nature Reserve (12)

NIEA
(DAERA)

Grid ref: H080544, 3 miles NW of Derrygonnelly
www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/correl-glen-nature-reserve

Carboniferous sandstone and river features

Craig-na-Shoke (13)

FS
(DAERA)

Grid ref: C746005, 4 miles NW of Draperstown
www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/nature-reserves-county-londonderry

Peat erosion features

Crawfordsburn Country Park (Grey Point) (14)

NIEA
(DAERA)

Grid ref: J457832, 3 miles W of Bangor
www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/crawfordsburn-country-park-helens-bay

Ordovician rocks along the coast including pillow lavas

Crawfordsburn Country Park – geology garden (14)

NIEA
(DAERA)

Grid ref: J457832, 2 miles W of Bangor
www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/crawfordsburn-country-park-helens-bay

Constructed geology trail – Northern Ireland’s geology in miniature

Cushendun
Red Caves (15)

NT and private (permitted access)

Grid ref: D252325, Cushendun Village
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cushendun

Devonian rocks and abandoned sea caves

Dohatty Glebe (16)

Forest Service
(DAERA)

Grid ref: H180310, 9 miles S of Enniskillen
www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/nature-reserves-county-fermanagh

Carboniferous limestone cliffs and scree

Dunluce Castle (17)

HED, Department for Communities

Grid ref: C905412, 3 miles east of Portrush
https://discovernorthernireland.com/Dunluce-Castle-Medieval-Irish-Castle-on-the-Antrim-Coast-Bushmills-P2819

Palaeogene basalts and explosive vent

Giant’s Causeway Nature Reserve (18)

NT

Grid ref: C954453, 3 miles NE of Bushmills
www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/giants-causeway-national-nature-reserve

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/giants-causeway

World famous basalt columns

Glenariff Glen National Nature Reserve (19)

FS
(DAERA)

Grid ref: D210205, 3 mls SW of Waterfoot
www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/glenariff-nature-reserve

Waterfall series over Palaeogene basalt

Glenoe (20)

NT

Grid ref: J394968, 3.5 miles S of Larne
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/glenoe

Cretaceous chalk, Palaeogene basalt, waterfalls

Hanging Rock and Rossaa Forest Nature Reserve (21)

NIEA
(DAERA)

Grid ref: H110365, 9 miles SW of Enniskillen
www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/hanging-rock-and-rossaa-forest-nature-reserve

Small cave and rising. Carboniferous limestone

Kebble Nature Reserve (22)

NIEA
(DAERA)
RSPB

Grid ref: D097515 west end of Rathlin Island
www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/kebble-nature-reserve

Sea stacks and cliffs in Palaeogene basalt

Kearney Point (23)

NT

Grid ref: J649517, 3.5 miles E of Portaferry
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/strangford-lough/trails/kearney-coastal-walk

Silurian sedimentary rocks and structural features

Killard Nature Reserve (24)

NIEA
(DAERA)

Grid ref: J610433, 4 miles S of Strangford
www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/killard-nature-reserve

Glacial moraine, sea level history

Killykeeghan and Crossmurrin Nature Reserve (25)

NIEA
(DAERA)

Grid ref: H112348, 10 miles SW of Enniskillen
www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/killykeeghan-and-crossmurrin-nature-reserve

Carboniferous limestone with limestone pavement and solution features

Kinbane Head (26)

HED, Department for Communities

Grid ref: D087437, 2 miles NW of Ballycastle
https://discovernorthernireland.com/Kinbane-Castle-Ballycastle-P37450/

Palaeogene explosive vent

Magilligan Point Nature Reserve (27)

NIEA
(DAERA)

Grid ref: C660390, 10 miles N of Limavady
www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/magilligan-point-nature-reserve

Coastal processes and sand dunes

Magho Cliffs (28)

FS
(DAERA)

Grid ref: H080578, 4 miles NW of Derrygonnelly
www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/nature-reserves-county-fermanagh

Carboniferous limestones and sandstones in major cliff exposure

Marble Arch Nature Reserve (29)

NIEA
(DAERA)
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

Grid ref: H123350, 9 miles SW of Enniskillen
www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/marble-arch-nature-reserve

Gorge in Carboniferous limestone, cave series

Mourne Mountains
(30 - 32)

NT and private (permitted access)

Newcastle area
(30) Bloody Bridge, grid ref J388270
(31) Glen River, grid ref J367298
(32) Hares Gap, grid ref J322286
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-mournes
Walking the Mournes
http://www.walkni.com/destinations/mourne-mountains/walks/

Palaeogene granites and Silurian sedimentary rocks

Murlough Bay (Co. Antrim) (33)

NT and private (permitted access)

Grid ref: D191425, 4.5 miles E of Ballycastle
http://www.walkni.com/walks/23911/fairhead-an-bealach-runda-walk/

Dalradian, Carboniferous, Triassic, Cretaceous and Palaeogene rocks

Murlough National Nature Reserve (34)

NT

Grid ref: J414351, 3 miles NE of Newcastle
www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/murlough-national-nature-reserve

Beach processes and sand dunes

Murrins Forest Nature Reserve (35)

NIEA
(DAERA)

Grid ref: H565783, 8 miles NE of Omagh
www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/murrins-nature-reserve

Glacial moraines

Ness Country Park (36)

NIEA
(DAERA)

Grid ref: C522108, 7 miles SE Londonderry
www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/ness-country-park-derrylondonderry

Dalradian rocks along the Burntollet River

Orlock Point (37)

NT

Grid ref: J565828, 4 miles E of Bangor
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/strangford-lough/trails/orlock-point-walk

Lower Palaeozoic rocks and fault

Peatlands Park (38)

NIEA
(DAERA)

Grid ref: H895604, 6 miles E of Dungannon
www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/peatlands-park-dungannon

Former peat extraction site with information on peat formation

Portmuck (39)

NT

Grid ref: D459023, 6 miles N of Whitehead
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/islandmagee

Cretaceous rocks and coastal processes

Portrush Nature Reserve (40)

NIEA
(DAERA)

Grid ref: C856411, Portrush
www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/portrush-nature-reserve

Historically important fossiliferous Jurassic rock

Roe Valley Country Park (41)

NIEA
(DAERA)

Grid ref: C678201, 1.5 miles S of Limavady
www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/roe-valley-country-park-limavady

Dalradian rocks along the River Roe
Dalradian limestone in the quarry

Rostrevor Forest Nature Reserve (42)

FS
(DAERA)

Grid ref: J186175, 1 mile SE of Rostrevor
www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/rostrevor-oakwood-nature-reserve

Silurian sedimentary rocks with Palaeogene dyke intrusions

Scrabo Country Park (43)

NIEA
(DAERA)

Grid ref: J475722, 1 mile SW of Newtownards
www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/scrabo-country-park-newtownards

Triassic sandstone with Tertiary igneous rocks in the quarry

Slieveanorra National Nature Reserve (44)

NIEA
(DAERA)

Grid ref: D134267; D145272; D154280
8 miles SW of Cushendun
www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/slieveanorra-nature-reserve

Peat erosion features

Straidkilly Nature Reserve (45)

NIEA
(DAERA)

Grid ref: D303161, 1 mile SE of Carnlough
www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/straidkilly-nature-reserve

Cretaceous chalk and landslips

Tardree Forest Nature Reserve (46)

FS
(DAERA)

Grid ref: J191948, 7 miles SE of Ballymena
www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/nature-reserves-county-antrim

Exposure of igneous rock rhyolite, known locally as 'Tardree Stone'

White Park Bay (47)

NT

Grid ref: D022441, 5 miles NE of Bushmills
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/white-park-bay

Jurassic mudstones, Cretaceous chalk, beach processes and sand dunes

A map showing locations of the above sites can be found below. Location numbers on the map relate to site number (in brackets) after site names shown above.

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