Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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Approximately 4 Hours
Meals not included
As an extension of Spa & Wellness with Dr Andrew Weil, this Mindful Living tour is designed to deliver an experience that contributes to mind and body wellness. You are invited to visit the on-board spa to speak to the Mindful Living coach to learn more about Dr Weil and Seabourn's holistic wellness program.
Head to Belfast Castle for a brief photo stop outside. Belfast Castle, built in the 12th century, boasts spectacular views of the nearby lough.
The castle is surrounded by Cave Hill Park, where, in 1795, the leaders of the United Irishmen vowed to seek national Independence. In a post-Troubles Ireland, climbing the hill is now something of a pilgrimage for the people of Belfast.
Set off on your own pilgrimage, following your guide on a hike into the woodlands. The path leads towards a large bowl-like crater -- the Devil's Punchbowl or the Devil's Cauldron. Ancient Celtic farmers penned their cattle here.
Climb the steps to the top of the hill and McArt's Fort -- a wonderful example of a ring fort likely used by the Celts for ceremonial purposes. It is named for a 16th-century chieftain.
Take the main path on its gradual descent down the south-facing slopes of Cave Hill. Watch for views, on a clear day, of Black Mountain, Divis and the Mourne Mountains.
Your guide points out the remains of mills and cottages at Carr's Glen.
The end of your hike brings you back to Belfast Castle Estate. Relax and enjoy a brief panoramic drive through the city of Belfast .
Please note: Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. There are no restrooms on Cave Hill. Wear comfortable walking shoes.