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Forest recreation charges

These are charges for using additional facilities within specific forests. Charges apply to vehicles, visitors and to some activities and organised events. Details of concessions for charities and community groups are also included, as well as prices for caravanning and camping.

Forest daily charges 2014

Charges should be paid on entry to forests. Chip and Pin payment is available.

Forest Car Minibus Coach Motorcycle
Tollymore Forest £4.50 £12.50 £32.00 £2.30
Castlewellan Forest £4.50 £12.50 £32.00 £2.30
Glenariff Forest £4.50 £12.50 £32.00 £2.30
Gosford Forest £4.50 £12.50 £32.00 £2.30
Drum Manor Forest £3.50 £10.50 £32.00 £2.30
Gortin Glen Forest £3.50 £10.50 £32.00 £2.30
Ballypatrick Forest £3.50 £10.50 £2.30
Portglenone Forest £3.50 £10.50 £32.00 £2.30
Florencecourt Forest**

**Contact the National Trust for charges at Florencecourt Forest.

Pedestrian charges

In general, pedestrians will not be charged for access to forests - unless there are compelling reasons to do so.

If charges apply, it will be £1 to £2 for adults and £0.50 for children.

Other charges - including annual permits for cars, minibuses and 'Touring in the Trees'

Permit/activity Full rate Concession for over 60s
Annual car permit £48.00 £24.00
Annual minibus permit £85.00 £42.50
Annual motorcycle permit £22.50 £11.25

Duplicate annual permit

(administrative charge)

£10.00
Wedding photographs £50.00
Horse (day) £8.50
Horse (year) £85.00
Horse (club)*** £195.00
Organised events

The fee is normally set to recover the cost of the service provided. Please contact your local forest office to discuss requirements.

Annual 'Touring in the Trees' permit £160.00

***For events booked at the one time - a £195 fee will apply per forest charge irrespective of the number of forest areas used.

Concessions for charities and community groups

Number of visits Charge
1 to 2 visits**** nil
More than 2 visits 50 per cent of normal charge

****Where the cost to the Forest Service is less than £50 per occasion and the activity is consistent with the management of the forest.

Caravan and camping charges

High season (Good Friday until 30 September)

Forest Individual units
per pitch per night
Caravan club events
per pitch per night
Tollymore Forest £16.50 £15.00
Castlewellan Forest £16.50 £15.00
Glenariff Forest £13.50 £12.00
Gosford Forest £16.50 £15.00
Drum Manor Forest £13.50 £12.00

Low season (1 October until the Thursday before Easter)

Forest Individual units
per pitch per night
Caravan club events
per pitch per night
Tollymore Forest £11.50 £10.00
Castlewellan Forest Closed from Halloween weekend
Glenariff Forest Closed
Gosford Forest Closed from Halloween weekend
Drum Manor Forest Closed

Electricity points are available for £1.50 for each 24 hour period, or part thereof.

Basic camping sites for organised youth groups

The following charges apply for groups using youth sites.

Number of people Rate
1 to 16 people £2.80 per person
17 people or more £2.30 per person

A non-refundable deposit of £20 is required per group booking.

Apply for permits for vehicles and activities online

You can download forms to apply for permits for vehicles and activities in forests in the Do it online section.