Donard Forest

Donard Forest lies at the foot of the Mourne Mountains with some spectacular views of County Down, including Newcastle, Dundrum Bay, St John's Point and Slieve Croob.


There are no facilities for recreational activities. 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 Castlewellan Forest Park.

Occasionally there may be restricted access to parts of the forests during work or other forest operations so pay attention to safety signage.

About this forest

The area to the north east of the forest has been designated as a Heritage Stand. It was planted in 1927 and consists of Scots and Corsican pine, with herbaceous plants and woody shrubs hidden below the tree canopy.

This area is the habitat for the Holly Blue butterfly and a wide range of bird species.

The Glen River Bridge provides a picturesque viewpoint for the many cascades and waterfalls. Nearby are some ornamental trees including monkey puzzle and giant red wood.

How to get there

You should access this forest by foot from Donard car park in Newcastle.

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