Mountsandel Fort

Northern Ireland Environment Agency owned property
Mountsandel Wood is the earliest known settlement of man in Ireland dating to between 7600 and 7900BC.
Flint tools were found here, indicating that Stone Age hunters camped here to fish salmon in the natural weir. The earthen fort is thought to date back to Norman times.

The forest walk leads from the fort down to the banks of the Bann and passes close to the weir at The Cutts.

There are good views over Somerset Wood and of the River Bann.

Swans, kingfishers and herons nest along the riverside
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.


Admission Free.

Opening times:

Open access all year round.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Coleraine Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

1 1/4 miles (2km) south-south-east of Coleraine, on the east bank of the River Bann in a forestry plantation, approached on foot by a forest path either from north or south.
  • Open Sundays
  • Open Mondays
  • Parking Available
  • Free (parking charges may apply)
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Contact Details

Mountsandel Road
County Londonderry
BT52 1TL

Tel: (028) 9082 3214
Alt: (028) 9082 3103