A walk along the Shimna river is marked by many curiosities, natural and artificial - rocky outcrops, bridges, grottos and caves. Elsewhere in the park the tree lover can examine experimental forest plots - some of exotic trees such as monkey puzzle and eucalyptus - or admire the tall giant redwoods and Monterey pines. Oak wood from Tollymore was the preferred material for the interiors of the White Star liners including the 'Titanic' which was built in Belfast. A magnificent avenue of Deodar cedars is a striking feature of the entrance to this romantic forest park in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains.
Tollymore Forest Park covers an area of almost 630 hectares at the foot of the Mourne mountains offering stunning views of sea at nearby Newcastle.
The park is a fantastic area for many outdoor activities including walking, caravanning/camping, horse riding and orienteering and has a fantastic Nature Play Space for the kids.
‘Big Deer’ designed for four to eleven year olds can be found beside the lower car park in Tollymore Forest Park. This impressive and beautiful wooden play space is sure to keep the kids entertained featuring a giant timber Fallow Deer, castle turret, folly tower and hollow tree all connected through a series of rope-bridges, tunnels, spider webs, basket swings and slides. Parents can sit back, admire the views and enjoy a picnic at the Deer tables as the kids play in this great outdoor location.
The forest has four walk trails signposted by different colours. The Shimna River flows through the forest adding to its reputation for being a superb place for a picnic.
There are many features within Tollymore Forest Park including many follies, such as a barn dressed to resemble a church, gothic style gate arches and stone cones atop gate piers. The Walk Trails along the River Shimna are marked by rocky outcrops, bridges, grottos and caves. The original tree of the slow-growing spruce, Picea abies 'Clanbrassiliana', which originated nearby in about 1750, remains and is the oldest tree in any arboretum in Ireland.