Carnmoney Hill

Carnmoney Hill looking towards Cave Hill

Carnmoney Hill is one of the greatest landmarks within the Borough of Newtownabbey. Carnmoney takes its name from Cairn Monadh 'the cairn on the boggy mountain', a burial chamber that originally stood on the summit of Carnmoney Hill.

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How to get there

Knockenagh Avenue, Whiteabbey. Google streetview

By car:

(BT36 6BE). From the M2, proceed onto the M5. At the end of the M5 you will see a roundabout; follow the sign for Carrickfergus. At the next roundabout take the first left signed to Glengormley. This is Station Road. Travel for about one mile to the mini roundabout. Go straight ahead at this roundabout onto O'Neill Road (B531). Turn first right immediately after the traffic lights onto Knockenagh Avenue. Travel over speed bumps for a quarter of a mile until you see the stone wall and entrance which is beside a play area. Google streetview

Public transport:

Translink Metro: From Upper Queen Street. Routes 2C/2D/2E/2H/13/13C/14/14C, alight Whiteabbey Hospital. Walk 300m Doagh Road countrybound. Turn left into Knockenagh Avenue and walk uphill to Rathfern social activity centre, and children’s play park.

Walking routes

There are two main walks on Carnmoney Hill

  • The lower woodland walk: a 45 minute walk through ancient woodland to a viewpoint overlooking Belfast Lough. Grade: Moderate
  • The hilltop walk: a 2 hour walk which takes the walker across the top of the hill giving spectacular panoramic views of Belfast city, Belfast Lough and North Down. Grade: Strenuous


There is open access to this site all year round

Picnic area with animal carvings

Rathfern social activity centre - just beside the Knockenagh Avenue entrance of Carnmoney Hill – is open and available for use by visitors to the site. Users are welcome to make use of the centre's changing and toilet facilities. 

For additional peace of mind you can request a radio to take on your walk in order to contact staff should you get into difficulty. Refreshments can be bought at the tuck shop with room hire also available

The centre is run by local volunteers and is open from 9am to 9pm, Monday to Friday. Contact staff if you wish to use the facilities on Saturdays or Sundays

Call 02890 865 917 or email

Take reasonable precautions in the Hills

  • Carry a charged mobile phone, but remember that some parts of the Hills will not get a signal
  • Tell people where you’ll be going
  • Walk a path that you know
  • Wrap up warm
  • Check weather forecast before leaving

More information

Carnmoney Hill leaflet

Woodland Trust Carnmoney


Woodland Trust

Access code

Before you go download our access code. This code provides general guidelines on how to look after yourself and the environment when out in the Hills

Video about the site by Newtownabbey Borough Council