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Kilbroney Park Forest, located on the Shore Road, Rostrevor, County Down BT34 3AA, features riverside walks and an arboretum. There is a two-mile forest drive which showcases panoramic views over Carlingford Lough. The forest drive leads to a car park from where walkers have the opportunity to climb to Cloughmore, 'the big stone', a 30ton erratic, which sits at approx 1000ft above Rostrevor. Geologists explain its presence here as having been deposited during the ice age. However, local folklore claims it was thrown here by Fionn Mac Cool during a fight with a Scottish Giant. During the same battle, the Scottish Giant allegedly tore out a handful of earth and flung it back at Fionn, it missed and landed in the sea. We now know that area as the Isle of Man and the divot he made, filled up with water and became Lough Neagh.
Is there a Children's Play Park in Kilbroney Park?
Yes. The play park is adjacent to the car park.
How long are the walks in Kilbroney Park?
The Kilbroney Tree Trail is two miles long and will guide walkers through Kilbroney Park. The trail is not waymarked, each tree highlighted on the trail has a number and a plaque adjacent to the tree. wood is a relic of a much larger forest. The woodland contains Oak, Ash, Sycamore, Hazel to name but a few. There are lots of ferns and flowers like wild garlic, primroses and bluebells. The forest is home to jays and squirrels and it hosts a number of rare plants like wood avens and hard shield fern.
This walk, which is 0.3 miles long, starts and finishes within Kilbroney Park and brings to life the Chronicles of Narnia with a number of features along the route. The trail is entered, like the magical world of Narnia itself, through a ‘Wardrobe Door’, beyond which lies a land filled with strange and intriguing creatures. Enter at your peril, as the White Witch has put a curse on the land. It is always winter and never Christmas – and she can turn you into stone. Be warned, don’t eat any “enchanted” Turkish Delight! Other features along the way include ‘The Lamp Post’, ‘The Beaver’s House’ and ‘Aslan’s Table’. These features offer many opportunities to interact and take photos/selfies.
This family trail seeks to capture the imagination of children of all ages.
The Fairy Glen walk provides varied scenery from gentle riverside to scenic parkland and woodland. The Fairy Glen is located on the left immediately after the bridge beside the entrance to Kilbroney Park. The walk is approximately 2.3 miles long
Wheelchair accessible in some areas.
Are there toilets in Kilbroney Park?
Yes. Toilets are located adjacent to the car park and baby changing facilities are available.
Are dogs allowed in Kilbroney Park?
Dogs welcome on leads.
Is there a cafe in Kilbroney Park?
Yes. The cafe is operated by Synge and Byrne and is located beside the car park.
Are there Picnic Facilities in Kilbroney Park?
Yes. Picnic facilities are adjacent to the car park.
Can I barbeque in Kilbroney Park?
Barbeques are permitted at the designated picnic benches.
What activities can you do in Kilbroney Park?
Walking, hiking, tennis and mountain-biking are the main activities in Kilbroney Park.
How do I get to Kilbroney Park?
Coming from Belfast follow the A1 to Newry. Follow A2 from Newry through Warrenpoint into Rostrevor. The entrance to Kilbroney Park is on the left. Travelling from Dublin follow the M1 to Newry. Take exit for B113 from A1. Follow A2 frrom Newry through Warrenpoint into Rostrevor. The entrance to Kilbroney Park is on the left.
What are the Opening Hours of Kilbroney Park?
Kilbroney Park is open May - August 9am - 9pm, April and September 9am - 8pm, March and October 9am - 6pm and November - February 9am - 5pm.
Do you have to Pay to get into Kilbroney Park?
Entry to Kilbroney Park is free of charge, except for special events.
Is there a camp site in Kilbroney Park?
- Picnic Area
- Tea-room/Cafe onsite
Children & Infants
- Baby changing facilities
Parking & Transport
- On site parking
- Euros accepted
- Dogs accepted by arrangement
- Free (parking charges may apply)
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Admission Free. No pre booking required.