Amazing forest parks you might not have visited!
Ireland is home to a number of forest parks with areas of outstanding natural beauty and lots of landscapes to explore.
Here are a few forest parks we think might be of interest to you that you may not have visited yet.
Glenariff Forest Park, County Antrim
This beautiful walkway includes 3 waterfalls providing a beautiful backdrop for photographers. There are several walking routes ranging from 0.6km-8.9km. Glenariff Forest Park covers over 1,000 hectares with planted woodland, lakes, outdoor recreation spaces and conservation area.
Slieve Gullion Forest Park, County Down
This walk is situated within the Ring of Gullion area which is considered an area of outstanding natural beauty. The forest walk park includes a walking trail, a scenic drive and an adventure park.
Killarney National Park, County Kerry
Killarney National Park is home to 26,000 acres with a distinctive combination of mountains, lakes, woods and waterfalls under ever changing skies gives the area a special scenic beauty.
The park is home to the famous MacGillyCuddy Reeks Mountain Range which includes Ireland’s Highest Mountain, Carrauntoohil standing at over 1,000 miles.
There are a range of recreational activities and is deemed Irelands adventure capital with lots of sporting options, trail running, mountain climbing, and boat trips on the lakes.
Wicklow Mountain National Park, County Wicklow
Wicklow Mountain National Park is situation just south of Dublin and is considered one of Ireland’s largest National Parks. The best way to experience the park is to visit Glendalough, take a scenic drive through the mountains, and go hillwalking in one of the remote locations.
Connemara National Park, County Galway
Situated in the West of Ireland in County Galway which covers 2,947 hectares of scenic mountains. The park offers beautiful picture perfect views of mountains, expanses of bog lands, heaths, grasslands and woodlands.
Glenveagh National Park, County Donegal
Glenveagh National Park is situated in the North-West of Donegal. It covers 18,000 hectures making it one of the largest in Ireland. The national park is made up of lakes, mountains, boglands, moorlands, rivers and wilderness.
Tollymore Forest Park, County Down
Tollymore Forest Park has stunning views of the surrounding mountains and sea shores at Newcastle. This park includes a range of outdoor actives such as walking, caravanning/camping, horse riding, orienteering, and has a fantastic nature play space for kids.
Castlewellan Forest Park, County Down
Castlewellen Forest Park covers 450 hectares of land lying north or the Mourne Mountains. One of Northern Ireland’s most famous lakes, a stunning Victorian Castle, incredible panoramic views, scenic walking trails, 27km of Mountain Bike Trails, Nature Play perfect for the kids, an onsite multi-activity centre, hedge maze and an equestrian centre.
Portumna Forest Park, County Galway
Portumna is a popular Galway town with plenty for visitors to see and do. With four walking trails and two cycling trails, there is plenty to keep you occupied.