Cave Hill Country Park in Belfast Hills has so much to offer, from wildlife to archaeological sites to a lot of challenge to your limbs. A challenging circular route from the foothills at Belfast Castle up the hill to McArt Fort to a height of almost 360m above sea level.
The trek paths are clearly way marked and its not much of a hassle to trek up. The way to the summit takes you through caves, moorland, rivulets, heath, meadows and if its spring you can spot yellows, blues and pinks all around. The climb is truly rewarding when you see breath-taking panoramic views of Belfast and on a clear day, the Isle of Man and Scotland too.
McFort Art is a ring fort on Cave Hill. It is believed that United Irsihmen stood on this hill overlooking Belfast and pledged rebellion in 1795. Legend also has it that the Cave Hill’s resemblance to a giant inspired Jonathan Swift to pen down Gulliver’s Travels.
If traveling by public transport take the Metro Bus 1 and alight at the stop for Belfast Castle and walk following the sign posts. If driving, take the Antrim Road north west from Belfast City Center following the sign posts.