Gortin Glen Forest Park

Gortin Glen Forest Park is six miles north of Omagh at the western gateway to the Sperrin mountains. Find out about the various activities you can enjoy in this forest including camping.

 

Activities

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.

Camping

Gortin Glen Forest Park offers basic camping for youth organisations. This campsite has no toilet or washing facilities on site. Camping stays must be pre-arranged by telephoning Forest Service headquarters and cannot be booked online. 

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

Bookings

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

How to get there

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

About this forest

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

There's 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.

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