Hillsborough Forest

Hillsborough Forest

This is a mixed coniferous and broadleaved forest planted within the walls of the large park, once part of Hillsborough Demesne. The tree fringed lake attracts a wide variety of wildfowl.

Bird life is rich and varied and larger mammals, including foxes and badgers, may also be seen. There are two waymarked trails leading around the lake and Fox Fort rath. Fishing, by permit only. Images supplied by Forest Service NI.




Opening Hours

Dawn till dusk



No charge


No charge

Getting There

From Hillsborough follow Main Street to Dromore Road. The entrance to the forest is signposted left (Park Street).

Walk Trails

Circular, 0.5, 1.5 miles

Hillsborough Forest - Lake Walk. Walks through mixed conifer forest and large lake.

Circular, 1.6 miles

Hillsborough Castle Boundary Trail CLOSED UNTIL 1 JULY 2018. Enjoyable walk through the historic Hillsborough Castle Gardens.

Cycling Routes

Circular, 20 miles

Lisburn's City Cycle Route. Relatively flat ride through the Lagan Valley.

Other Activities

Permit from DAERA, available at local Visitor Information Centre


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