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Castlewellan Forest Park

Castlewellan Forest Park lies 22 miles (36 km) due south of Belfast and is noted for being home to the national Arboretum of Northern Ireland, as well as Castlewellan Castle. The park covers 450 hectares of land north of the Mourne Mountains. The facility closes at 8pm, but camping at the forest is allowed from…read more »

Castlewellan Forest Park lies 22 miles (36 km) due south of Belfast and is noted for being home to the national Arboretum of Northern Ireland, as well as Castlewellan Castle. The park covers 450 hectares of land north of the Mourne Mountains. The facility closes at 8pm, but camping at the forest is allowed from spring to autumn, via reservation and payment of a nominal fee (whether in a tent, a caravan, a motorhome, a campervan, a folding caravan or trailer tent). A friend of EarthSky provided the following descrition: “Dark skies and very little light pollution. Also, the local lake—when it’s clear—is like a mirror and reflects. Peace and quiet. Backdrop to the Mourne Mountains, scenery and views. People, campsites and bike trails. A mini-adventure.”

Deborah Byrd