Randalstown Forest

Randalstown Forest

Randalstown Forest incorporates a national nature reserve, wildfowl refuge area and a deer enclosure. Within the deer enclosure, 20 to 25 fallow deer are retained, providing an excellent opportunity to quietly and safely observe them.

The forest has several walking routes.  These walks are situated in a working forest environment and may be subject to diversion and closure from time to time.





Located at the Owl Centre

Opening Hours

The forest is open daily

Owl Centre is open

Easter Sunday & Monday

Tue-Sun (Mar-Oct) 11am-6pm
Tue-Sun (Nov-Feb) 11am-4pm



No charge

There is a charge for entry to the Wildfowl Centre

Adult £3.50

Child / OAP £2.50


No charge

Walk Trails

Circular, 2.5 miles

Randalstown Forest. Short forest walk.

Circular, 1.7 miles

Highway to Health, Randalstown. Short circular low impact walk taking in the best of Randalstown.


Diane Given 11 September, 2012 @ 18:49

We visited the forest for the first time today and enjoyed the red walk.It would be useful to have the distances on the first marker post. Also some info. before the entrance gate would be an idea. We only discovered the nature reserve details when we came home and looked at this website. We did see lots of deer which was lovely.

Caroline Kirton 10 August, 2015 @ 11:52

My husband and myself took out 4 year old son for a walk yesterday. We walked the red walk which was lovely apart from the horse dung which covered the pathways. From signage displayed at the entrance I believed that horses were prohibited but it would appear that riders use the forest anyway.

OutdoorNI 10 August, 2015 @ 12:15

Hi Caroline,

Many thanks for taking the time to get in touch and I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the walk. We are a promotional body for outdoor spaces in Northern Ireland and do not manage the sites ourselves.

We will be sure to pass on your feedback to Forest Service who are responsible for the management and maintenance of Randalstown Forest.


+44 (0) 28 9052 4480


Co. Antrim

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