Randalstown Forest is a mixed conifer forest that contains an owl conservation centre, Deer Park, and several walking routes, with two small adjacent Nature Reserves at the forest edge on the shores of Lough Neagh.

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Randalstown Forest

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  • Very good walk with several routes and birdhide on lough shore, final minute of GOT filmed here

    Raymond mckay at 12:56 pm
  • County Antrim

    Distance 2.5 miles

    OS Map Sheet 14

    Terrain Off-road paths

    Nearest Town Randalstown

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference J082886

    Route Type Woodland

    Route Description

    While there is the option of following several trails within the forest, this one follows the route indicated by the red arrows. From the parking area, follow the path into the forest, past the World of Owls Centre and through the turnstile. Immediately after passing thorugh the turnstile, turn right and follow the path around the western side of the forest. Continue following this path for approx. 1,500m until you reach a ‘cross-roads’ of tracks. The red arrow indicates that you turn left but, for a small diversion, turn right at this point and follow the track through another turnstile to the Randalstown Forest and Farr’s Bay Nature Reserves. Then, return to the ‘cross-roads’ of tracks and continue following the red route. The track soon leads you back to the starting point where you turn right, pass through the turnstile and walk back to the car park.

    These walks are situated in a working forest environment and may be subject to diversion and closure from time to time.

    Up to date information is available on the Forest Service web site – link below.

    Point of Interest

    The rich birdlife of the Lough

    Getting to the start

    Follow New Street in Randalstown onto the Moneynick Road. Then turn left onto the Staffordstown Road, following the signs for Toome, before turning left again following the signs for Randalstown Forest.

    Public transport

    Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk


    Car parking/ picnic facilities