Quality Walk

Killeter to Gortin

The IAT picks up the Ulster Way on this section, a 625 mile circular route of Ulster. You will follow quiet country roads, walk across open mountain side with view of the Sperrin Mountains, before reaching Gortin Forest Park.




36 miles

OS Map


Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type

Forest, Hill, Parkland & Grassland


Country roads, hillside, forest

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Bessy Bell, Gortin Forest Park

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


Route Description

Starting in the village of Killeter, this section of the IAT follows quiet country roads, areas of woodland, before picking up the Ulster Way on the northern slopes of Bollaght Mountain. The route is waymarked from here using yellow on blue Ulster Way signage. You then ascend Bessy Bell, where panoramic views of the western Sperrins can be enjoyed. The route continues to reach Gortin Forest Park and the village of Gortin itself.
Please be aware that this walking route passes through areas of open land such as hillside, working farmland and working forests. Livestock may be present, ground conditions may be uneven or wet underfoot and all forestry signage should be adhered to. Please refer to the ‘Walk Safely’ information that can be found in the useful information section adjacent

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Killeter is serviced by Ulsterbus route 100 from Strabane via Castlederg.

Getting to the Start (by Car)

Killeter can be accessed by leaving the A5 between Strabane and Omagh, west towards Castlederg. Follow signs for Enniskillen and then Killeter after passing through Castlederg.


Killeter is a small village with a shop and a post office. After this there are no opportunities for refreshments until reaching the village of Gortin at the end of the section. There are limited options for accommodation in Killeter and Gortin, check www.discovernorthernireland.com for details.

Walk Location
Map of Northern Ireland