Tollymore Forest Park covers an area of approximately 630 hectares at the base of the Mourne Mountains. The forest offers first class views of the surrounding mountains and the town of Newcastle, County Down.

Within the perimeter of the forest, there is a mass of majestic trees and exquisite scenery. The gleaming Shimna river ripples through the centre of the park on its journey from the high Mournes to the Irish Sea at Newcastle.

The forest park also caters for many outdoor activities including walking, caravanning, horse riding, orienteering and countless more.

My preferred activity in the forest is the walking. There are four way-marked trails of different lengths to take you on an expedition around the most pleasant areas of the forest. All the trails are circular and sign-posted. There is at least one trail to suit every level of walking ability, although strong footwear is advised.

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