Gortin Glen Forest Park

Gortin Glen Forest Park is six miles north of Omagh at the western gateway to the Sperrin mountains.


Notice for visitors

While tree felling work is taking place, the scenic drive at Gortin Glen Forest Park will be closed to public vehicles on weekdays from Monday 15 October 2018 for about seven week for public safety reasons. The forest car park and way-marked walking trails are not affected and will stay open.

Each Friday afternoon the scenic drive will reopen to public vehicles from 3.00 pm and will stay open during the weekend, weather permitting.

Forest visitors are reminded to follow all safety signage that has been placed in the forest.

Work has begun on replacing a bridge at Glengowna, part of Gortin Glen forest.  Because of this, the upper forest road will be closed from Monday 17 September until 31 October 2018.  During this period, the pony trekking route will be closed to horse riders, pedestrians and cyclists. 

Tree disease

There is currently an outbreak of the Japanese larch tree disease (P. ramorum) in the Lislap East area of Gortin Glen Forest.

Visitors should follow all health and safety advice on signage and observe biosecurity measures to help prevent spreading tree disease.


The Ulster Way passes through part of the forest. Mountain biking is only permitted in a specific part of the forest. There is also a youth camp site.

A major recreational feature of the forest is the five mile long drive which offers some breathtaking views. A number of vista parks have been created where the motorist can pull in to enjoy the magnificent scenery.  

During extreme weather in winter months, the scenic drive could be closed.

There are waymarked trails, an enclosed deer herd and horse riding facilities:

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

There may be restrictions on access to parts of the forest from time to time due to forest operations therefore pay attention to safety signage. 

The forest is open every day from 10.00 am until sunset.


Gortin Glen Forest Park offers basic camping for youth organisations. This campsite has no toilet or washing facilities on site. All camping is arranged ahead of time  with the forester in charge.


Bookings for Gortin Glen Forest Park will be taken by contacting the Forest Office, from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday.

  • Telephone:028 6634 3165

Camping charges

For camping charges at Gortin Glen, see 'Forest recreation charges'.

About this forest

This forest was originally planted only for timber production. The forest park opened in 1967, embracing 1,534 hectares of ground. It was the first forest park to be established in a coniferous woodland.

How to get there

This forest is on the B48 road between Gortin and Omagh.

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