Iniscarn Forest

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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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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 for current timetable.

Dog Policy

Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead.


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.