Ballyboley Forest

Ballyboley Forest was first planted in 1957. Although there are no facilities for recreational activities, the public are welcome to visit this forest on foot.

The 'Touring in the Trees' site has been closed due to issues with the water supply.  Other supply arrangements are being considered and a final decision will be taken when this information is available. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Timber harvesting to end November

Timber harvesting work will be ongoing for about three months, until the end of November 2019.  While this work is in progress, some of the public areas will be closed.  For example:

  • It has been necessary to stop public access on a forest road section of the Antrim Hills Way-marked Way (Ulster Way) during this work.  Apologies for any inconvenience.

Visitors are asked to follow all health and safety notices and signs.

Tree disease

There is currently an outbreak of Japanese Larch disease (P. ramorum) at this forest. Visitors are asked to observe signage with information on biosecurity measures required to help prevent the spread of this disease. For more information, go to:

Activities

There are no facilities for recreational activities provided. The public are welcome to visit this forest on foot.

To arrange a special event or activity, such as sporting events or educational visits, you should contact the recreation manager at Garvagh Forest Office.

Occasionally, there may be restricted access to parts of the forest due to forest works. Follow the safety information on forest signage.

About this forest

The dam at Killylane was constructed in 1955 and can supply Larne, Ballymena, Ballyclare and parts of Antrim with up to three million gallons of water a day. It is stocked annually with brown trout and attracts many anglers to the area.

How to get there

From Larne, take the A8 for two and a half miles, then turn right onto the A38, Shanes Hill Road, and travel for about three miles. Turn left onto Upper Ballyboley Road and the forest entrance is signposted.

From Ballymena, take the A36 signposted for Larne (about 14 miles). Turn right onto the Upper Ballyboley Road. The forest entrance is signposted.

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