One of the most striking features of Galboly is its beautiful, unspoiled natural surroundings.
The village is situated on the edge of a valley that is dotted with ancient ruins, standing stones, and other historical landmarks.
The area is also home to an abundance of wildlife, including deer, foxes, badgers, and a variety of bird species.
Visitors to Galboly can explore the village’s many walking trails, which wind through fields, forests, and along streams and rivers.
There are several hiking routes that take in some of the area’s most impressive sights, such as the nearby ruins of Dunseverick Castle and the stunning Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Here’s what Lesley had to say about her visit:
I love discovering new walks within Northern Ireland and wow, did I find a true hidden gem!
The abandoned village of Galboly. Galboly itself means “the English dairy place”. Nestled amongst one of the nine glens of Antrim above Garron Point, this area is full of beauty and charm.
People lived here mostly in the 1950s but the last remaining inhabitant was a monk… until he died at the age of 73 in 2013. Most of the houses are in ruins.
However, Galboly was used in Game of Thrones seasons 5 and 6 as Runestone in the Vale of Arryn. Check out the episode “Wars to Come”.
The walk is not sign-posted – the nearest village is Glenariff. Just past St McNissis College, there are several lay-bys in close succession to park in. Some entrances are private land but there’s a wide public quarry path you can access.
There are absolutely stunning views from the top. It’s not necessarily a long walk; some parts are steep and muddy, but it’s more about the views at the end!
READ: 9 National Trust Locations to Visit in Northern Ireland
Live in Donaghadee. Work in Finance NICS. Enjoy discovering new walks and sharing them with international friends living in NI, photography, travelling, good coffee, movies and spending time with family and friends.
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