Cave Hill Country Park
Begin at the grand Belfast Castle, which boasts a great garden itself. Cave Hill is on a tricky circular route that takes you high up to a peak overlooking the city. It has the best views in Belfast. Along the way, explore rocky Devil’s Punchbowl and hilltop McArt’s Fort. There are wildlife and archaeological sites, too, so keep a keen eye. Cave Hill allegedly inspired Jonathan Swift’s novel, Gulliver’s Travels (1726) – it’s that magical. Situated in Newtownabbey, it’s a short car or bus ride out of the city, up Antrim Road.