Cleggan Forest

Cleggan is a large upland coniferous forest of 1,227 hectares and lies on the southern extremities of the Antrim Plateau.


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

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

There may be restricted access to parts of the forest during forestry works. Follow the safety advice on forest signs.

Opening times

The forest is open every day of the year from 8.00 am until sunset for pedestrians only.

About this forest

The forest lies within the North Antrim Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The portion of open ground to the north lies within the Garron Plateau Area of Special Scientific Interest. This area has special European designation as a RAMSAR Special Area of Conservation.

The forest is mainly spruce. Some areas are larch and hardwoods with many open areas alongside the many small streams and hilltops.

How to get there

The forest is north of the A42 Ballymena to Carnlough road. It is about six miles east of Broughshane. Walkers rarely visit the forest as access is by rough farm lanes over two miles long.

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