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Cave Hill is very prominent as you approach and leave Belfast on the Causeway Coastal Route. It towers above the woodlands which surround Belfast Castle and Bellevue Zoo. The highest point is known as McArt’s Fort, from the city this appears as the nose of a giant head lying down and is sometimes referred to as 'Napoleon's Nose', the view inspired Jonathan Swift who would see it frequently as he travelled back and forth from Waring Street to Kilroot during his time as a minister here.
Cave Hill derives its modern name from five caves which exist here, three of which are visible on the walk up, like Divis and Black mountain it is fabulous walking and mountain biking country with exceptional views. You can access it from Belfast Castle Park and enjoy a two location visit. It is a good walk up from the bottom but you will be rewarded with exhilarating views over the Port of Belfast and across the lough to Scrabo Tower and the mountains of Mourne.
To get to Cave Hill by car follow the Antrim Road to Belfast Castle where you can park and walk up, you can also approach from the back by following the Crumlin Road up out of the city, then look out for the Upper Hightown Road (B59) on the right hand side. Follow this up the hill and just before the brow you will see a car park on the right. Its a 45 minute walk from here. By Bus: Take a Metro services 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F, 1G a from city centre and ask for the Belfast Castle stop, you then have to walk along Innisfayle Park to the main entrance.