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.

 

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).

The lower areas of Binevenagh Forest at Ballycarton, beside the River Roe, are linked with the Sustrans cycling network (Route 93), running from the Leighery Road through mixed mature larch, spruce, fir, pine and broadleaved woods.

To arrange a special event or activity in this forest, such as sporting events or educational visits, contact the recreation manager at the Enniskillen Forest Office.

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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