As a Partnership we do our best to publicise the ever expanding number of events being run in the Belfast Hills. Please note that the following list of events are simply those we are made aware of, other events may be available in the Belfast Hills area. The Belfast Hills Partnership takes no responsibility for the accuracy of information given or for any other aspects of events unless specifically stated that the event is being run by the Partnership.

Everyone is welcome to our events, but please bear these important points in mind:

• Suitable clothing and footwear should be worn
• All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
• Unaccompanied 16 & 17 year olds must get a parental consent form completed prior to taking part in the activity
• Dogs are allowed on some walks but only on a lead (please get in touch to check suitability)
• Some parts of walks can be steep or difficult
• The Belfast Hills Partnership promotes responsible countryside enjoyment and has published an Access Code

Plant use and mythology

Join local plant expert Judy Meharg as she leads you on a leisurely walk of Carnmoney Hill, looking at the various plants found on the hill and providing fascinating tales of traditional plant uses, as well as the various myths…

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CHCC Series: The rocks of Cave Hill

Kirstin Lemon is an enthusiast for her geology profession and she will delight in explaining the geological origins of Cave Hill on this walk over the hill. Meet at the Castle.   This walk is of moderate difficulty. Free Event.…

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NT: Divis & Black Mt. Ridge Trail Walk

National Trust Event   Take a walk along the ridge trail of Black Mountain with the expert insight of our ranger team. Suitable clothing and footwear essential. Bring a warm flask and light snack.   Meet at The Coffee Barn.…

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CHCC Series: Dawn chorus

John O’Boyle will lead a dander around the Park to hear and identify birds. Specially designed for early risers! Meet at the gates to the Park at the top of Innisfayle Park.   Easy walk.  Free event.     For…

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CHCC Series: Forage on Cave Hill

Phil Simpson has a wealth of practical knowledge and plant lore. We’ll walk in his company to see what useful plants we can find. Meet at the Castle.   Easy walk. Free Event.     For further details:   cavehillconservation.org…

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Geology Rocks Family Fun

As part of GeoWeek, families are invited to join Belfast Hills Partnership for an afternoon of kids hands-on geology activities in Belfast Castle. Together we will be exploring how the Belfast Hills were formed through a series of activities that…

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CHCC Series: The birds of Cave Hill

Get up close to some of our native birds. Licensed bird ringer Aidan Crean will catch, ring and release them and allow us to see them in beautiful detail. Meet at the Castle.   Easy Walk. Free event.    …

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WT: Celebrating World Environment Day

Woodland Trust Event   Celebrate World Environment Day by learning the difference between oaks and ashes, cherries and hazels and many more. This walk will explore the trees of Carnmoney Hill teaching participants how to identify our beautiful native trees.…

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Cattle and Conservation BBQ

Take the opportunity to see and taste Nature Friendly Farming at work at Slievenacloy Nature Reserve. You will get a chance to chat to the farmer and meet his special rare breed Irish Moiled Cattle who graze the Nature Reserve.…

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CHCC Series: Solstice walk

Greet the sun at dawn on top of Cave Hill on a summer solstice morning before most of Belfast has stirred. Meet at the Castle. This walk is moderately difficult. Free event.   For further details:   cavehillconservation.org   Facebook…

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NT: Divis & Black Mt. Bioblitz

National Trust Event   Calling all little rangers, our Belfast rangers are looking for your help. We will be spending a day helping you discover as many mini beasts, birds and plants as you can. Come and have some fun…

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Insect Extravaganza!

Join Dr Jim Bradley as he leads a walk around the Ligoniel Dams site, looking at its magical moths, beautiful butterflies, darting dragonflies and bountiful beasties!  This event caters for both families and individuals who are interested in getting to…

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CHCC Series: The trees of Cave Hill

There are lots of both native and exotic trees in the Park and Karl Hamilton will introduce them to us. Meet at the Castle. Easy walk. Free event.   For further details:   cavehillconservation.org   Facebook site for Cave Hill…

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Turn up & Try Yogalates

Fancy trying something different? How about giving Yogalates a go!  Yogalates is an exercise technique that combines the benefits of strength training of Pilates and the flexibility of yoga in one session. This ever-increasing popular exercise has positive effects on…

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CHCC Series: A bug bonanza

Conservation Officer with Buglife, Anna Hart will lead a fossick through the Park looking to find and identify whatever we come across. Meet at the Castle.   Easy Walk. Free event.   For further details:   cavehillconservation.org   Facebook site…

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NT: Divis after dark

National Trust Event   Our ranger team are hosting a night exploring the stars and searching for some of the mountains more elusive mammals. If you fancy yourself as a bat detective or would enjoy an evening stroll come and…

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CHCC Series: Bats of Cave Hill

Aidan Crean will introduce us to these enchanting nocturnal animals during an evening dander.   Meet at the Castle.   Easy walk.  Free Event   For further details: cavehillconservation.org Facebook site for Cave Hill Conservation Campaign cormachamill47@gmail.com

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CHCC Series: The archaeology of Cave Hill

Local archaeologist Cormac McSparron will lead a trip to the various remains on the hill from the Neolithic period to the early Christian period. Meet at the entrance to the Park at the top of the Hightown Road.   Easy…

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Cave Hill Uncovered

In this illustrated talk, Cormac Hamill, TV presenter and the longstanding chair of Cave Hill Conservation Campaign will talk about all aspects of Cave Hill to enhance your enjoyment of this iconic site. Cormac will look at the geology, archaeology,…

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CHCC Series: Fungal Foray

Fungal Foray. Karl Hamilton will try to allay some of the fears we all share about this fascinating and very necessary group of organisms.  Meet at the Castle.   Easy walk. Free event.     For further details:   cavehillconservation.org…

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