Slieve Gullion Forest Park

4 star Visitor Attraction
**Tree felling operations in the main woodland area of Slieve Gullion Forest will be ongoing for a period of approximately 3 months. The Scenic Drive will be closed to public vehicle access from Monday, 23rd February; however, car parking for visitors will still be available in the forest car park adjacent to the Play Park and Courtyard.

Forest Visitors are asked to observe all Health & Safety signage that is in place throughout the period of working. Additional information signage concerning bio-security precautions, and to give advance warning of the work, will be placed at key access points.

Any enquiries regarding this work should be directed to or by phone to 028 4377 2241 – Monday to Friday 09:00 to 16:00 hours only.

Rising some 576m above the surrounding countryside, the broad slopes of Slieve Gullion dominate the landscape of south Armagh. The mountain itself lies at the centre of a pronounced ring of hills - the Ring of Gullion.

Whether you choose to experience it at a hi-octane pace, embark on a peaceful nature retreat, summit Slieve Gullion - Armaghs’s highest peak - or follow tailor made itineraries as a guide, the Ring of Gullion region offers a host of activities and attractions for families, couples, groups of friends and visitors of any age, who want to get away from it all, explore unspoilt landscapes and enjoy a real sense of well-being.

In Slieve Gullion Forest Park visitors can enjoy an multi-award winning experience. The Forest Adventure Playpark has something for everyone and is guaranteed to keep kids of all ages entertained. It includes a toddler's area, adventure and play equipment for the older kids, the "Slieve Gullion ZIP" and even a trim trail for the adults. Let the kids burn off some energy while the adults relax and enjoy a coffee at the Slieve Gullion Courtyard.

The area has some of the best biodiversity in the region and has a multitude of protected areas and visitors have the chance to see wildlife on the Red Squirrel Safari.

A 10km drive around the slopes of Slieve Gullion offers visitors spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. And a leisurely walk around the walled garden is a must, as is a 2km walk through the mostly broadleaf mature woodland of Hawthorn Hill.

There is a mountain top trail to two cairns (North, bronze age; and South Neolithic) and the Lake of Sorrows, with stunning views across the Ring of Gullion, Mourne and Cooley mountain ranges and Armagh Drumlins, with over 2,000 years of legend and history awaiting. Cuchulainn, the Red Branch, Fionn Mac Cumhail (Finn McCool) and other heroes have trodden the slopes of this Mountain of Mystery.

So what are you waiting for, come enjoy and experience an ancient landscape.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.

Opening times:

Slieve Gullion Forest Park is open daily from 08:00 until sunset.


Slieve Gullion Forest Park is free to enter.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Newry Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

On B113, 5 miles southwest of Newry.
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite
  • Gift Shop
  • Toilets
  • Accept Groups/Coach Parties
  • Open Sundays
  • Guided Tours Available
  • Open Evenings
  • Open Mondays
  • Picnic Area
  • Euro Accepted
  • Credit/Debit Cards Accepted
  • Parking Available
  • WiFi
  • Baby Changing facilities
  • Free (parking charges may apply)
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