Thursday, December 12, 2013

Back to Nature - Forests of the Causeway Coast

Nature is what we're famous for and it's arguably what we do best. While farming has helped shape the land over generations, givings us the traditional patchwork quilt scenery, we take huge pride in the unspoilt natural beauty of our land and seascapes. Our rivers, glens, mountains, shores and forests are as nature intended and shaped them ready for you to enjoy.

Ready to get back to nature in Ireland? Here are a few of the forests to enjoy along the Causeway Coast on your next vacation to Ireland with Celtic Tours World Vacations:

Glenariff Forest Park:
Spectacular glen walks and waterfalls await you at Glenariff Forest Park whose scenic paths and trails lead through tranquil woods and up to magnificent mountain viewpoints.

Springwell Forest
: A number of signed walks along the Macosqin River through 1200 hectacres of mixed tree species planted from the 1930's on.

Portglenone Forest: Just south of the Portglenone is this ancient area of tree cover. Impressive displays of bluebells, wood anemones and wild garlic in spring. Magnificent walks through broadleaved trees and along the River Bann.

Ballykelly Forest: First taken over by the Forest Service in 1970, this mixed woodland is the first state forest in Northern Ireland.

Downhill Wood: There are a number of enjoyable walks and rare trees through 85 hectacres of mixed woodland around a beautiful lake, where yo can take time to feed ducks. The biggest Sitka Spruce in Ireland can also be found here.

Ballypatrick Forest: Five-mile drive through peatland forests with many fine views of Rathlin Island and surrounding areas.

Coleraine Woods: Not far from Coleraine center lie three areas of woodland; Mountsandel, Somerset and Castleroe. Situated on either side of River Bann. Mixed woodland planted in the 19th century and mid 20th century. Mountsandel contains the earliest known site of human habitation in Ireland, Mountsandel Fort.

Binevanagh Forest: Mature mixed woodland. Binevenagh Lough is close to the headland where panoramic views can be seen over Lough Foyle and Donegal Mountains. Rich in interesting artic and alpine plants.

Garvagh Forest: Mature mixed woodland with quiet walks and nature trails along the Agivey River. Part of the Eagle's Glen cycle route is signposted through the forest.

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