Cregagh Glen

Walking Route

This route follows an attractive glen into the Castlereagh Hills with superb views over the city from the top.


1.5 miles

Start Point:


Finish Point:


Point of interest:

Waterfalls in Cregagh Glen, Rath, farmland birds

Nearest town:

Cregagh, Castlereagh - Belfast

OS map:

Sheet 15 + Belfast Street Finder


Unsurfaced paths, steep, steps


This is a linear route, which returns by way of the same path.

Beginning at the entrance on the Upper Knockbreda Road, follow the path uphill through Cregagh Glen.

The first part of this walk is through a picturesque wooded glen. At the top of the glen, cross under the Manse Road via a wooden walkway and into the grounds of Lisnabreeny House.

Follow the lane along past the house and school, crossing the stile into the open field. Continue along the grass tracks climbing up to the left. This path may be wet and muddy in places throughout the year.

Climb over a stile amongst the gorse, into another field. From here you will see a stand of mature trees marking the site of a former rath. Cross the field to explore the rath.

Retrace your steps to the Manse Road, and down through the glen to the starting point.

Care should be taken if crossing the Upper Knockbreda Rd - this is a busy dual carriageway.


None on site, refreshments available locally.

Accessible terrain:

Unsurfaced paths, muddy in places, steep sections with steps.


A Walk in the Park - Cregagh Glen/Lisnabreeny - Belfast City Council

Publication availability:

Contact Belfast City Council Parks + Open Spaces Dept: tel - 028 9032 0202 x 6653 or email
Castlereagh Borough Council - 028 9049 4637.
This leaflet is also available to download on this webpage.

Getting to the start by public transport:

Entrance on Upper Knockbreda Road A55, north of the Cregagh Road junction. Parking in adjacent streets. Metro Services 6, 30, 30A 31(Ormeau)

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Visit Belfast Welcome Centre Tourist Information
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