Binevenagh Forest

The cliffs at Binevenagh Forest have been classified as an Area of Special Scientific Interest due to their geological and geomorphological features, and the corresponding vegetation.

Forest thinning programme - 12 October 2020

Forest Service is starting an extensive thinning programme in Binevenagh Forest. The work will involve the felling and removal of selected trees to improve crop quality and maintain forest cover. It will also result in better timber quality and will improve biodiversity by reducing the density of trees in the forest. 

Harvesting operations are expected to start on the week beginning 12 October 2020.  Diversions will be applied to the Ulster Way during the thinning programme and restrictions will be in place for the duration of the work. Forest Service asks that all users of the forest follow the signage.

Activities

Visitors can enjoy views of the surrounding countryside, Lough Foyle and Donegal from the shores of Binevenagh Lake.

The lake, stocked with rainbow trout, is managed by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

Occasionally there may be restricted access to parts of the forest due to forest works so pay attention to safety signage.

About this forest

Visit Binevenagh forest and watch the soaring birds and gliders from the local gliding club, making use of the up draughts caused by the impressive cliffs.

The cliffs were created when the lava flows were at their most violent, with the resulting basalt precipice creating a perfect Artic alpine cliff ledge for many rare plants and mosses. At the bottom of the cliff face is a standing stone that has become known as the Finn MacCool Finger Stone, which relates to the giant reputed to have lived in the area many years ago.

How to get there

Take the A2 Seacoast Road from Limavady and stay on the road as it becomes the B201 road to Coleraine. After one mile, go left onto Bishop's Road and follow the signs for Binevenagh.

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