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Ards Forest Park - Binngorm Trail
Walking Forest park
A waymarked trail for those who like a bit of a challenge, the Binngorm Trail at Ards Forest Park rewards walkers with unmatched views of Sheephaven Bay. Explore the northern reaches of the Wild Atlantic Way on this two-hour loop in some of our richest national woodland.

The Binngorm Trail in the northern reaches of County Donegal is one of the country’s most spectacular hikes; an absolute must-do for walkers in the know.

Take in one of the most beautiful and varied of Ireland's forest parks as you begin your walk by skirting out northward through the eastern side of the 481ha Ards Forest Park.

The pace varies along the route, and can be strenuous in places, but committed hikers will be rewarded with the many historical treasures dotted throughout the lush forest, including four ring forts, a holy well, and a mass rock, among others.

Follow the path out along Binngorm Point by the bay and enjoy the wide stretches of sand and fresh sea air. Look out for the standing stone, keeping quiet watch at the far tip of the peninsula.

Trail details
Type
circular
Grade
Strenuous
Length
3.5km
Estimated time
2 hours
Why we like it
  • There are lots of places to stop along the walks and trails to take in the scenery. The surrounding countryside and the Atlantic Ocean here are truly unspoilt.
  • Watch out for wildlife as you go; many unique plants and animals call the 1,000 acres of Ards Forest Park home.
  • The special hide at the end of the salt marsh trail is a great spot for birdwatching.
  • There are also picnic areas and a playground for kids near the beach.
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