Somerset Forest

This wood is situated one mile south of Coleraine on the A54 Kilrea Road.

Tree disease

There is an outbreak of the tree disease Phytophthora lateralis (P. lateralis). To help prevent the spread of this disease, visitors are asked to follow advice on signage providing biosecurity information. For more information, see the following page:


There is a hard surfaced car park with open grass areas and picnic tables nearby. Two waymarked paths lead through a wide variety of broadleaf and conifer trees.

Exercise equipment is situated in a fitness cluster next to the car park. Guidance on how to use this equipment safely and effectively is given on an illustrated lectern.

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 restrictions on access to parts of the forest from time to time due to forest operations. Pay attention to safety signage. 

About this forest

Herons nest beside the woodland and adult birds can be regularly seen at the side of the River Bann when the tide is low.

Mountsandel Wood

Mountsandel Wood covers 21.2 hectares stretching about one mile along the eastern bank of the River Bann to the south of Coleraine. There is a path along the river bank which loops back past Mountandel Fort, site of the earliest known habitation in Ireland. An early Meosolithic settlement, people lived and hunted at the site around 7,000 BC.

The forest is accessible from Mountsandel Road in Coleraine.

Castleroe Wood

This is mixed woodland of 16 hectares to the south of Coleraine on the edge of the River Bann. There is a small tarmac car park.

Access from the A54, near Castleroe village

How to get there

The forest is accessible from the Castleroe Road outside Coleraine.

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