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 several forests in Northern Ireland with sites and facilties for camping and caravanning.
Caravanning and camping sites in Northern Ireland are close to beautiful scenery to enjoy when you awake 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 visitors and have easy access for cars.
Separate camping facilities are available at some sites for youth organisations. 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 public forests:
- 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 Forest recreation charges page:
Touring caravans (Touring in the Trees permits)
Touring in the Trees permits are available for 2014.
A Touring in the Trees permit allows you to stay in 11 touring caravan sites, where you can explore the forests and surrounding countryside. The forest sites are reserved exclusively for permit holders. You cannot stay for longer than three nights at one site.
As the number of permits is limited, permits are issued to first come, first served applicants.
- Download application form for permits for vehicles and activities in forests (do it online section)
- Touring in the Trees Information Booklet (PDF 383 KB)
- Help with PDF files
Long stay sites
If you prefer to stay in one place, there are long stay sites in five forest parks. These are large, fully equipped sites where you can stay for up to two weeks. You must book a site in advance through the local forest office.