A beautiful view of Cave Hill Country Park with belfast lough in the background.
The Belfast Hills provide a tranquil contrast to the hustle and bustle of urban life below. Travel just minutes from the city centre for fantastic views over Belfast and beyond.
Hikes with awesome views
Divis & the Black Mountain – (0.9 - 4.2 miles circular)
At 478 metres (1,568ft) Divis is the highest point in the Belfast Hills, providing a tranquil contrast to urban life below. Choose between four walks at this National Trust-owned site west of Belfast. The 4.2 mile circular Ridge Trail gives spectacular views as far as the Mourne Mountains and Scotland without any major uphill climbs. View landmarks including Stormont Parliament Buildings, Titanic Belfast, Belfast City Hall and Harland and Wolff's famous yellow cranes.
Cave Hill Country Park – (4.5 miles circular)
Belfast’s ‘sleeping giant’ and the inspiration for Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, an invigorating walk up Cave Hill on the outskirts of Belfast is a must for the best view of the city. Beginning at the picturesque Belfast Castle the challenging route passes numerous caves before climbing steadily to McArt’s Fort, where you can admire Belfast’s stunning cityscape and famous landmarks below.
Family Fun Walks
With colourful characters and fascinating flowers to help guide the way there won’t be a hint of boredom on these fun walks for the kids.
Gruffalo Trail, Colin Glen Forest Park – (0.6 miles each way)
With each character from the much-loved picture book magically recreated against the backdrop of a stunning forest park, this family attraction is perfect for kids and kids at heart. Follow the Gruffalo’s footsteps to meet the silly old fox, owl and snake on the way to an amazing 8 foot tall Gruffalo.
Botanic Gardens – (0.8 miles circular)
Situated in the grounds of the Ulster Museum, the kids can be guided by the wonderful displays of colour and scent in this historic park first established in 1828. Go exploring in the Palm Glass House and find out about the many unusual and tropical plants before heading to the playpark.
Sir Thomas & Lady Dixon Park – (2.5 miles circular)
One of the most popular parks in Belfast, the kids will love weaving in and out of the ornamental rose gardens, skipping along the stepping stones, discovering the enchanting fountain and walled garden before letting their imagination run wild in the playpark.
Walks to enjoy together
Take time out together with these delightful walks that will transport you to a picturesque haven on the doorstep of Belfast.
Lagan Towpath, Shaw’s Bridge to Lock Keepers Cottage – (1 mile circular)
A tranquil riverside walk, this continuous flat route is part of the longer 11 mile Lagan Towpath linking the cities of Belfast and Lisburn. Starting from Stranmillis, not far from Queen’s University and the Ulster Museum and just minutes from Belfast City Centre, the walk follows the river and 18th Century canal system through a variety of wetland, riverside meadows and mixed woodland.
Minnowburn & Giant’s Ring – (2.1 miles circular)
Situated along the Lagan Towpath near Shaw’s Bridge with trails totalling 2.1 miles (3.4km) Minnowburn is a green oasis. Climb Terrace Hill to the walled garden built by linen merchant Ned Robinson, where you can have a picnic with views across the Lagan valley. There is also a short walk to the Giant’s Ring, a huge Neolithic earth henge and tomb.
Stormont Estate – (2.5 miles circular)
One of the stops on the Belfast City Sightseeing Bus Tour there are two official walking routes within the grounds, home to the impressive parliament building. Free guided tours of the buildings also take place Monday to Friday.