One of our favourite places to visit locally – Tollymore Forest park lies just 9 miles from Birch Cottage. The Shimna river runs through the 1600 acres of forest park – the oldest in Northern Ireland. As well as lovely walks along the river, you will find the oldest arboretum in Ireland, and an excellent play area for children.  There are  a number of marked walking trails of varying lengths.


Most recently Tollymore has become famous as the backdrop for many scenes in the Game of Thrones series and you may encounter occasional groups of robed visitors with walking staffs being shown around.

The Shimna river water is incredibly clear and clean, and although it wouldn’t be the warmest we have known guests to take a dip in some of the pools there.  Tollymore is also one of the few places where we regularly see Red Squirrels.

Entrance in a car is £5 though it is possible to park outside the park and walk in if you wish.