Tollymore Forest Park

Tollymore Forest Park

Tollymore Forest Park covers an area of almost 630 hectares at the foot of the Mourne mountains offering stunning views of sea at nearby Newcastle.

The park is a fantastic area for many outdoor activities including walking, caravanning/camping, horse riding and orienteering and has a fantastic Nature Play Space for the kids.

‘Big Deer’ designed for four to eleven year olds can be found beside the lower car park in Tollymore Forest Park. This impressive and beautiful wooden play space is sure to keep the kids entertained featuring a giant timber Fallow Deer, castle turret, folly tower and hollow tree all connected through a series of rope-bridges, tunnels, spider webs, basket swings and slides. Parents can sit back, admire the views and enjoy a picnic at the Deer tables as the kids play in this great outdoor location.  Check out our blog 'Kids Go Wild for Nature Play' for one families first hand account of the play area.

The forest has four walk trails signposted by different colours.  The Shimna River flows through the forest adding to its reputation for being a superb place for a picnic. 

There are many features within Tollymore Forest Park including many follies, such as a barn dressed to resemble a church, gothic style gate arches and stone cones atop gate piers.  The Walk Trails along the River Shimna are marked by rocky outcrops, bridges, grottos and caves.   The original tree of the slow-growing spruce, Picea abies  'Clanbrassiliana', which originated nearby in about 1750, remains and is the oldest tree in any arboretum in Ireland. 

Tollymore National Outdoor Centre is located within the forest. It is a centre for Mountaineering and Canoeing Activities and is funded and managed by Sport Northern Ireland. The centre's aim is to provide an unrivalled service to customers regardless of their level of experience.The centre also has a mountain bike skills course and climbing wall. The centre entrance is located on the Hilltown Road outside of Bryansford. 


Accessible toilets
Accessible parking
There are four signposted walk trails. Tollymore is one of three forests across Northern Ireland piloting the "in-touch" information kiosk. The kiosk contains lots of information on the forest and its surrounding area including useful tourist information and is located at the bottom corner of the upper car park.

Opening Hours

Open all year 10am until sunset



Car £5

Minibus £13

Coach £33.50

Motorcycle £2.50

(Payable on entrance to car park and also covers admission to the forest)

Walk Trails

Circular, 0.4 miles

Tollymore Forest Park - Arboretum Path. Short walk through mature arboretum and forestry trees..

Circular, 3.1 miles

Tollymore Forest Park - River Trail. A short walk along the Shimna River.

Circular, 5.5 plus 2.9 miles

Tollymore Forest Park - Mountain & Drinns Trail. An energetic walk through tranquil mature woodland..

Linear, 26 miles

Mourne Way. Through the heart of the Mourne Mountains.

Cycling Routes

Circular, 1 miles

Tollymore Mountain Bike Skills Course. A purpose designed skills course.

Outdoor Activity Centres

+44(0)28 4372 2158

Tollymore National Outdoor Centre.

Other Activities

Horse Riding
12km on forest path


luke keenan 19 May, 2015 @ 08:25

It is no good to camp here I camp a lot and I had been here a few times and I came this time and I couldn't light a camp fire it just wasent the same and I was fresing

claire 24 July, 2015 @ 19:38

Stayed here for two nites showers are a bit dated and dirty .and the charges for camping 1750 a night thought that was way over the top and your not allowed a fire .who goes camping without a fire

OutdoorNI 27 July, 2015 @ 11:30

Hi Claire,

Many thanks for your feedback regarding your stay. We are a promotional body and do not manage the site however we will be sure to pass on your comments to Forest Service.


Neil 25 September, 2015 @ 22:59

Had a great walk in Tollymore today - about 5 hours - no specific route, I just kept walking - look for the boundary wall and you can't get lost! Some great photos to be had with the early autumn sun and colours in the trees. Tollymore is the size that you are never really far away from 'the world' but moments of magic and peace are easy to be found (or stumbled across). Well worth £5.

The only negative aspect was the couple of 'encounters' I had with people on mountain bikes.

Matthew fowlds 12 October, 2015 @ 02:26

Love staying here its a great place to stay all for all

Alistair Scott 12 March, 2016 @ 08:05

Bought our annual permit last weekend and what a lovely day it was for a walk.We were very disappointed to find the Azaelea Walk was "butchered" as is much of the riverside vegetation in other places

The lower stepping stones still have not been repaired or replaced !Tollymore has so much potential but chainsaw management and health and safety directives seem to be the order of the day!!!

OutdoorNI 14 March, 2016 @ 09:05

Hi Alistair,

Many thanks for your feedback via the Tollymore Local Outdoors Page. We are a promotional website for a range of outdoor sites and do not manage the sites. We will be sure to pass on your feedback to Forest Service who are responsible for the management and maintenance of the forest park.

Geraldine Malone 16 March, 2016 @ 21:29

53 leitrim Rd still so disappointing that the lovely elevated cafe has never been repaired and reopened. About 25 to 30 years aga this was a hub of activity at the weekends.Such a shame that we can't sell ourselves in this beautiful area.

Tommy 3 July, 2016 @ 09:38

I just want to know what it costs to pitch a 2 man tent this Saturday for 1 night

OutdoorNI 5 July, 2016 @ 08:59

Hi Tommy,

It is £17.30 per pitch per night, see the NI Direct website for more info

For bookings contact the Forest Ranger +44 28 4372 2428


+44 (0) 28 4372 2428


176 Tullybrannigan Road
County Down

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