Camping and caravanning in forests
Caravanning and camping in Northern Ireland's forests can be fun, and a great way to take a break or spend holidays. There is a range of different forests in Northern Ireland which cater for people camping or caravanning.
Caravanning and camping sites in Northern Ireland offer some breathtaking scenery for you to wake up to each morning. Fresh water, hot showers, toilet facilities, chemical toilet disposal points and electricity hook up points (for caravans) are provided at many main stay sites. Some sites have cafés and shop facilities nearby.
Camping facilities for tent packers are also available at the sites listed on this page for those who want to experience the great outdoors. These sites share the same washing and toilet facilities with caravan based customers and have easy access for cars.
Separate camping facilities are available at some sites for youth organisations. So if you are a lone backpacker, scout or guide, or a family who prefers to be under canvas, you'll find a site to suit your needs.
Caravanning and camping sites in Northern Ireland's forests
Caravanning and camping and facilities are available in the following forests which are managed by Forest Service.
- Castlewellan Forest Park
- Drum Manor Forest Park
- Glenariff Forest Park
- Gortin Glen Forest Park
- Gosford Forest Park
- Tollymore Forest Park
Other forests and woodlands in Northern Ireland may offer camping and caravanning facilities.
Caravanning and camping charges
Information about 2013 recreation charges at Forest Service forests can be found on the following nidirect page
Touring caravans (Touring in the Trees)
Application Forms for Touring in the Trees Permits are sold out for 2013.
Touring in the Trees is a selection of 11 small touring caravan sites, placed so that they can be used as bases from which to explore the forests and surrounding countryside.
The forest sites are generally convenient to the main tourist routes but are reserved exclusively for permit holders.
Once you have bought your permit, the freedom of all 11 sites is yours to enjoy, but normally you must not stay longer than three nights at a time on any one site. Accommodation is designed primarily for caravans although there is normally room for an awning.
For those who prefer to stay in one place there are larger, fully equipped sites at five forest parks. These are known as Long Stay Sites (up to two weeks) and operate independently from the permit scheme. They must be booked in advance through the local forest office.
- Download application form for permits for vehicles and activities in forests (do it online section)
- Forest Service (contacts section)
A booklet describing the Touring in the Trees sites is available below.