Are we there yet?, is a mother and daughter walking duo based in Northern Ireland, we want to inspire people to get out into the northern irish countryside and enjoy it as much as we do.

The first installment of our blog is based in Belfast, although a busy city there are many beautiful places to walk and enjoy the countryside.

Lisnabreeny – a hidden gem in the city. 

Lisnabreeny is located on the Castlereagh Plateau on the outskirts of south-east Belfast, it is managed by the National Trust and is a mix of gravel paths and wooden walkways. This beautiful woodland walk climbs up the Creagh Glen with sunlight paths, blankets of bluebells and the punchy smells of wild garlic.

This short 1.5km (one way) walk is the perfect chance to get out of the city allowing head space from busy life. It is a fairly steep walk up towards the summit of the glen, but remember to stop at the top for a look down the glen, for amazing views of the woodland and waterfalls.

At the top of the glen there are two walking options, a walk to the war memorial for American servicemen during the second world war. The other option is the path to the Rath, the path leading to the monument is part of the Ulster Way, which is a circular waking route encompassing the six counties of Northern Ireland. A rath is the Irish name for a ringfort and are most prevalent through the Early Medieval in Ireland. Once at the top of the rath there are magnificent views of North Down, the Ards Peninsula and Strangford Lough to the east and the Lagan Valley and Mourne Mountains to the south.

A beautiful short walk to get out of the busy city.

Map and route can be found on Walk NI or the National Trust website.

Hidden Gem
Author:
Katy McMonagle and Kim McMonagle