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Iniscarn Forest

60 Iniscarn Road, Desertmartin, Magherafelt, County Londonderry, BT45 5NG
Iniscarn Forest

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Iniscarn Forest is located at the edge of the Sperrins Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty along the slopes of Slieve Gallion and near the town of Magherafelt. A popular area for wildlife including Irish hare, curlew, and red grouse. 

Also popular with hikers and mountain bikers.  Experience the 6.1-km out-and-back trail considered moderately challenging and taking an average 2hr 15m to complete.  The trail is open all year-round, however, please keep in mind that in winter or after rainfall, the terrain can get quite boggy, so appropriate footwear is advised.

Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a lead as you are likely to encounter free-roaming sheep on the mountain slopes.

Exiting the forest, the views open up as you continue the steep ascent to the north-eastern top of Slieve Gallion, where you are greeted with incredible views. **Please note that the land around the summit of Slieve Gallion is privately owned.

From the Middle Ages to the 20th century, gatherings for the festival of Lughnasadh, celebrating the start of the harvest season, were held atop Slieve Gallion. It has been designated a “High Scenic Value” area, and there are also annual races to the top of the mountains.

Parking and playpark on site.

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