Cregagh Glen and Lisnabreeny
Lisnabreeny takes in a wooded glen (Cregagh Glen), estate and green field to the summit of the Castlereagh hills on the edge of east Belfast.
In Cregagh Glen look out for the waterfall and for the carpets of bluebell and wood anemone in spring.
Near the top of the glen, you will find a memorial marking a temporary graveyard for American servicemen during the second world war.
Beyond Cregagh Glen you will come to Lisnabreeny house, once the home of poet Nesca Robb, briefly a youth hostel and army headquarters before restoration as part of Lagan College.
Look out for the ivy-strewn walls of the old garden, now replanted with broadleaves.
Futher up into the hills and open countryside, you can take in the view from the Mournes to Scrabo.
Atop the hill is the rath that gives the area its name, an ancient fortified homestead encircled with trees.
Small car park on Lisnabreeny Road. No parking on Manse Road or at Cregagh Glen entrance on A55.
From dawn to dusk.
- By road
- From Belfast/East: From the A55 Upper Knockbreda Road, take the A23 Ballygown Road. After 3/4 mile, turn right onto the Manse Road. After 1/2 mile, turn left onto the Lisnabreeny Road. The car park is at the top of the hill on the right. The Manse Road entrance is beside Lagan College. From Belfast/South/West: From the A55 Upper Knockbreda Road, take the Glencregagh Road past Forster Green Hospital and at the end, turn left on to the Manse Road.Parking: Small car park on Lisnabreeny Road. No parking on Manse Road or at Cregagh Glen entrance on A55. SatNav: Sat Nav postcode for Manse Road is BT8 6SA.
- By bus
- Metro services 6A, 30, 31 stop near Cregagh Glen entrance on A55. 7A, 7B, 7C, 7D, 76, 79 to Four Winds terminal.
- By cycle
- About 4 miles from Sustrans route 99. Follow the A55 Upper Knockbreda Road.
- On foot
- Accessible through Cregagh Glen from the A55 at the top of the Cregagh Road. Entrance on the Manse Road is a ½ mile walk from the bus terminal at Four Winds.
Linear, 1.5 (one way) miles
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