Colin Glen

(6 reviews)

Colin Glen Forest Park is regarded as Belfast’s ‘green lung’. Following the Colin River through the beautiful wooded glen on surfaced paths creates the opportunity to experience great views of the glen, the Belfast Hills (Black Mountain) and Belfast City.

The Forest Park is popular throughout the year with the public and visiting groups for a variety of outdoor activities, educational visits and events.

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  • This is a really beautiful walk especially in spring But anytime of the year its lovely.

    maura adams at 11:45 pm
  • Colin Glen is quickly losing its tag of Belfast’s “Green lung”. The forest has been decimated to make way for a tabogan ride, zip lines, obnoxious towers not to mention the multiple activity section near the Stewartstown Road end. The once relaxing pathways, fields and trails that were teaming with wildlife has been turned into a car park, one huge sludge trail, with massive potholes littering the paths after the destruction of these works. Parts of the wall are an eye sore and large areas of ancient trees, shrubs and bushes have been removed, leaving a trial of destruction in its path. I’ve walked this forest for 3 decades and it saddens me to note an epic decline in wildlife which has been replaced with huge structures and screaming kids taking selfies on the tabogan. Foxes, badgers, rabbits, hares, frogs and numerous bird species are virtually non-existent in the Colin Glen now. Thankfully the National Trust section of the forest, although badly maintained and still used by fly tippers!!, remains untouched.

    James Murphy at 11:28 am
  • Lovely shaded walk along the red route. Neat and tidy. Facilities well maintained

    GARRETT CRAWFORD at 5:08 pm
  • County Antrim

    Distance 1.8 miles

    OS Map Sheet 15 + Belfast Street Finder

    Terrain Surfaced paths, some steep hills

    Nearest Town Stewartstown Road, Belfast

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference J286705

    Route Type Parkland & Grassland, Riverside

    Route Description

    From the car park go through the pedestrian gate into the park and follow the main path past the red suspension bridge, keeping the Colin River on your right.

    Following the Hannahstown Trail, (red way marking arrows), keep left at the next two junctions, climbing uphill through the woodland. Views will open up across the glen, the hills above and the city below. On your left is a former landfill site.

    At the next junction turn right which leads down the 39 steps to a wildlife pond. Take the path to the left, following it until you reach the Tri-bridge. If you turn right this leads you to the Cantilever Bridge under the Glen Road into Upper Colin Glen, a National Trust property.

    If you turn after you cross the bridge, this will take you back down the glen. Pass the Weir and Gamekeepers Bridges’ and return down the glen back to the car park.

    Point of Interest

    Wildlife pond, wild flowers in spring

    Getting to the start

    Car park at Colin Glen Centre – entrance signposted off the Stewartstown Road.

    Public transport

    Translink –


    Colin Glen Forest Park Centre – car parking, toilets, cafe and information, opening hours apply. The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility: – Café (wheelchair accessible) – Disabled toilets.

    Accessibility Grade

    Grade 4

    • The path may not be hard and firm in all weathers with loose stones (not bigger than 10cm) with occasional tree roots and pot holes and will be at least 80cm wide for its entire length.
    • The path gradients and cross slopes will be greater than 6°.
    • Obstacles such as steps or stiles are to be expected and surface breaks may be larger 75mm in width.
    • There will be a clear head height of greater than 2.10m for the entire length of the route.
    • Passing places and rest areas may not be formalised or provided.