Located in a dramatic setting of mountains and sea, this is one of the most outstanding tree and shrub
collections in Europe. The beauty, vigour and perfect shape of the trees in the National Arboretum attract tree
enthusiasts from around the world. However, Castlewellan has numerous features that draw wider attention. The
garden is a mixture of informal and formal design with terraces, fountains, ornamental gates and flower borders. To
walk around the forest park's mile-long lake, encountering some intriguing modern sculptures on the way, is to enjoy a great experience of eighteenth-century landscaping.
One of Northern Ireland's most famous lakes, a stunning Victorian Castle, incredible panoramic views, scenic walking trails, 27km of Mountain Bike Trails, Nature Play perfect for the kids, an onsite multi-activity centre, hedge maze and equestrian centre, Castlewellan Forest Park boasts all of this and more making it a must-visit for all ages.
With flowing singletrack and panoramic views of the Mourne Mountains, the Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails offer a wide variety of exciting trails to suit everyone from beginners and families right through to experienced riders. The green and blue trails are ideal for learning ‘biking basics’ and developing techniques whereas the longer red trail with black options will suit more experienced mountain bikers looking for that all important adrenaline rush. The Pump Track (located at the trailhead) is perfect for honing your bike handling skills!
If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground the forest park has a 7.5 mile (12 kilometers) walk trail network featuring breath-taking views to the Mourne Mountains as well as some of the oldest and rarest existing trees in the British Isles. All the trails start from the Lakeside Car Park and take in many of the key points of interest including the Annesley Garden and Arboretum (a mixture of informal and formal design with terraces, fountains, ornamental gates and flower borders and home to some of the oldest existing specimens in the British Isles) and Moorish Tower as well as maximising the iconic views of the Mourne Mountains from the summit of Slievenaslat.