Tollymore Forest Park, Newcastle

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Tollymore Forest Park was the first state forest park in Northern Ireland, established on 2 June 1955. It is located at Bryansford, near the town of Newcastle in the Mourne and Slieve Croob Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It covers an area of 630 hectares (1,600 acres) at the foot of the Mourne Mountains and has views of the surrounding mountains and the sea at nearby Newcastle. The Shimna River flows through the park where it is crossed by 16 bridges, the earliest dating to 1726. The river is a spawning ground for salmon and trout and is an Area of Special Scientific Interest due to its geology, flora and fauna.

The forest has four walking trails signposted by different coloured arrows, the longest being the "long haul trail" at 8 miles (13 km) long. It was listed in The Sunday Times top twenty British picnic sites for 2000. The Forest Park has been managed by the Forest Service since they purchased it from the Roden Estate in 1941.

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  • Lovely place to take a nice wee walk and get lost while being not too far away from life or civilisation.  more »
  • We visited Tollymore recently during a trip to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. With two dogs alongside us we found this a beautiful way to spend a couple of hours walking. The park is...  more »
  • It's one of must see places in Northern Ireland. Game of Thrones was filmed ( Direwolf pups ) Great for walking and picnics. Also designated areas for camping and caravans. If u are lucky u might spot Fallow deer. Best time to visit is summer or autumn beautiful yellow and red trees.
  • On a trip to the Belfast and after heading to Newcastle in Northern Ireland doing a nice walking in town and there after just going home and on the road just little out from Newcastle I saw the beautiful structure on the left hand side of the road (first picture). Deciding to stay at least 5 to 10 minutes and going to the park I was caught bye beauty of the nature and spent almost 3 hours in it. If you're heading to the North I will warmly recommend that place to visit and spend at least a decent time in it. Even the rain gives the perfect add-on to the whole experience.🌲🌲🌲☘🍀
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