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The Hidden Village of Galboly: Discovering the Charm of Northern Ireland’s Best-Kept Secret

2nd September 2020 by Lesley McWatters Share

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Located on the scenic Antrim Coast in Northern Ireland, the charming village of Galboly is one of the region’s best-kept secrets.

Tucked away in a secluded valley surrounded by rolling hills and lush greenery, this hidden gem offers visitors a chance to step back in time and experience the beauty and tranquility of rural life.

Galboly is a small, picturesque village that has been inhabited for centuries. It is home to just a few dozen residents, many of whom are farmers or tradespeople.

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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 monk’s house

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!

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Be mindful of grazing sheep and close any gates behind you.

Such a peaceful beautiful area that will transport you back in time – a true Irish dream.


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