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Cave Hill Country Park
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  • 3-5 km
  • High
  • Free
  • half day

The Sleeping Giant!

Cave Hill, Antrim Road/Innisfayle Park junction, BT15 5GR
In rainy weather, the trek path can be muddy and slippery, be very careful. Wear hiking shoes and preferably carry walking sticks. Try to cover the whole climb up and down in daylight.

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.

Opening hours

While the park is open all year, the trek up the hill can be closed sometimes. Check the website as it changes according with season

How to get there

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.

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