NI's first state forest park encompasses 1600 acres of wonderful woodland criss-crossed by four walking trails. Sixteen bridges cross the Shimna River as it wends its way through the forest from its Mourne Mountain source to the Irish Sea. The 18th century Gothic gate bridges at the entrance and exit hint at yet more stone sculptures and follies, including an obelisk, grottos and caves. The arboretum hosts an abundance of local and global trees, including the stump of a Giant Redwood stuck by lightning. Campers and touring vehicles can pitch up and stay even longer to admire and enjoy the forest whose timeless vibe has been harnessed as a Game of Thrones location. When you're through with forest bathing, the bustling Co. Down seaside town of Newcastle is just a few minutes' drive away.
An absolute jewel in the Co. Antrim crown, Glenariff glistens with almost 3000 acres of forest trails, riverside walks and three glorious waterfalls. Lose yourself in its magnificence and admire the scenery of this special site that gets its name from the Queen of the Glens, one of nine such geographical wonders carved during the Ice Age. Seasonal camping and caravan sites are available, and the forest is en route to the iconic Giant's Causeway.
Get spiritualised at this child-friendly forest glade where fairies and elves frolic amid The Giant's Lair, an epic woodland trail enveloping local folklore and legend. Is Slieve Gullion a mountain? Or a sleeping giant? Explore every carving and cranny to find out, then have fun back at base where Slieve Gullion Adventure Playpark awaits young explorers. All ages can ascend Co. Armagh's highest peak (573m) via an eight mile drive for magnificent views as far as Co. Wicklow on a clear day. Immerse yourself in this woody wonderland just south east of Newry town