Discover a new side to Carnmoney Hill: this site has recently undertaken a transformation with enhancements (to the Dunanney entrance, just off the O’Neill Road) including a small car parking area, improved pathways and strategically-placed benches; while new quaint stone walls are very much in keeping with the hill’s traditional tumbled walls.
The Carnmoney transformation was made possible thanks to funding of almost £50,000 from the Alpha Programme. In addition, the Belfast Hills Partnership – through its Heritage Lottery-funded Landscape Partnership scheme – has invested over £60,000 here, with works including the excavation of a Victorian farmstead and limekiln restoration.
The built features, together with the fragments of precious ancient woodland, offer an enlightening glimpse of days gone by.
Rosie Irwin, the Woodland Trust’s site manager, said: “We’re so proud of the recent improvements, which have opened up access to a wealth of natural and built heritage.”
Dave Scott, landscape project officer for the Belfast Hills Partnership, added: “Years ago, Carnmoney Hill was one of the less well-known of the Belfast Hills. But thanks to recent works and activities, it’s becoming an increasingly popular destination, renowned for its rich heritage, wildlife and spectacular views.”