Causeway Coast

Snapshot Trek: The Hidden Village of Galboly

2nd September 2020 by Lesley McWatters Share

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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.

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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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