Iniscarn Forest is a small wood of just over 320 acres lying to the west of Desertmartin village. The forest area has various conifer species and about 10 acres of mature hardwoods, mostly oak.

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  • This is a beautiful walk up through mature forest, is shaded most of the way, and provides a challenging, sunny 1.5-2 hours of solid exercise along a forest trail.

    It is steep for most of the way, so be prepared! 🙂 Well worth it once you get to the windy top, which has masts on private ground, a stone cairn and two crosses. Views are amazing, with the feeling that you could see almost every other mountain we have here. Have fun spotting them all.

    Wear good walking boots, as though the route is well maintained, the stone parts of the path can be rough. The day we were there, it had been raining all the day before, but the path was only a little wet and mucky in places. And, the top of the mountain felt pretty dry – again, only a bit boggy in places, but mostly grassy.

    There is parking just outside the forest for about 5 cars. And, there are no toilets.

    Dawn at 12:05 am
  • County Londonderry

    Distance 5 miles

    OS Map Sheet 13

    Terrain Forest road, track, country road

    Nearest Town Magherafelt

    Route Shape Linear

    Grid Reference H 82499

    Route Type Woodland

    Route Description

    The walk starts from the forest entrance on the Iniscarn Road. Entering the forest you will see a forest road heading straight, follow this road as it ascends through the forest. Continue along this forest road as it sweeps through the forest you will pass on old house on your right. At this juncture take the path to the left and continue along this path as it continues to take you up towards the summit. Take time to enjoy the view. Continue along this path, it will narrow as you pass under the pylons, & follow it towards the top of the forest and Slieve Gallion.

    Please note that the land around the summit of Slieve Gallion is privately owned. Sheep graze these uplands and all dogs MUST be kept under control.

    Point of Interest

    Iniscarn contains many species of birds and animals. Buzzards can be seen in springtime displaying over the mature hardwood areas. Occasionally hen harriers can be spotted hunting on the open moorland next to the forest.

    Getting to the start

    The forest is off the A29 Tobermore to Moneymore road. From here take the Iniscarn Road and continue along this road for just over 2 miles. The forest is on your left.

    Public transport

    There is public transport available to Desertmartin, check https://www.translink.co.uk/timetables for current timetable.

    Dog Policy

    Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead.

    Facilities

    Parking is permitted at the entrance to the forest. Cars must not block the forest gates.

    Accessibility Grade

    Steep mountainous terrain

    Suitable footwear and appropriate clothing should be worn.