Downhill Forest

Downhill Forest

Downhill Forest is a small mixed woodland of 83 hectares just inland from the North coast, near Castlerock.

There are two waymarked paths in the forest; one is just over one kilometre long while the other is two kilometres in length. The Ulster Way also runs through part of the forest.

Part of Downhill forest is linked into a province-wide cycling network called Sustrans (Route 93), running from the Mussenden Road down through mixed woodlands to Burrenmore Road.

The North West Orienteering Club have also created a orienteering course in the forest.

A walk through Downhill forest will allow you to view one of Northern Ireland's fattest sitka spruce (in 1962 the girth was approximately six metres), an Early Christian Promontory Fort and an old water powered sawmill with its lead running round the small lake in the middle of this woodland.



When parking please do not block the gates as lorries, emergency vehicles and other official vehicles may need access to this entrance at anytime.

Opening Hours

The forest is open 8am until sunset for pedestrian and cycling access



Free admission


Free parking

Getting There

From Coleraine, take the A2 through Articlave, Downhill Forest is on the left after approx. one and a half miles.

Walk Trails

Circular, 2 miles

Mussenden Temple & Downhill Demesne. Stunning landscaped estate with fabulous views of Ireland’s Nort.

Cycling Routes

Linear, 2.0 miles

Castlerock to Downhill Forest. Short family cycle connecting Castlerock village and Downhill Forest.

Linear, 13 miles

Downhill to Magilligan Point. Breathtaking coastal route along North Coast..

Canoeing Routes

Downhill. On the North Coast Sea Kayak Trail Canoe Trail.

Other Activities

Visit for details on the permanent orienteering course


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