Craigantlet, Northern Ireland

Public road course on the outskirts of Belfast. Craigantlet is a once a year venue using public roads both as the track, and for the paddock.

How to get to Craigantlet

Ballymiscaw Rd, BT18 9

Criagantlet lies between Belfast and Bangor, not far from the George Best Belfast Airport.

The track itself is to the west of Craigantlet village on the road to Ballymiscaw and Killeen.

Facilities at Craigantlet

As Craigantlet is a temporary course there’s not much in the way of facilities – but there is usually a burger van to keep you fed and watered.

The Hillclimb at Craigantlet

The course features a twisty technical early section, before opening out into a high-speed finish which requires a lot of commitment from the drivers.

Several different track layouts have been used at Craigantlet, and the current one features an artificial chicane halfway up.

0.83 miles long (1.33 km), and the corners are named after past winners.

So off the start line and right at Howe, left at Hall, right again at Howley. Through the chicane, and May’s Cross. Left at Allard and up the Wharton straight, then round Pringle to the finish.

Hill record: 39.56secs – Trevor Willis (OMS 25), 4th August 2012.

Other Key Information

The hill is run just once a year by the Ulster Automobile Club for a round of the British Championship.

It’s been in use as a hillclimb since 1913, although there have been changes to the course over the years.

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