There are few parklands in existence which could surpass the beauty of Kilbroney Park. Here mountain, stream, sea-lough and valley conjure up a scenic wonderland.
The 97 acres which form Kilbroney Park lie close to the shore of Carlingford Lough in the shadow of the forest-clad Slieve Martin.
As a backdrop to Kilbroney Park stands the impressive 4,000 acre Rostrevor Forest rising sharply from 30m to 500m above sea level. Planted in 1931 mostly with coniferous species, the forest has a breathtaking two mile forest drive providing panoramic views over Carlingford Lough, an old oak plantation dating from the 18th Century, the famous 40 tonnes "Cloughmore" or "Big Stone" and a host of animals ranging from grouse and irish jays to pine martens, red and grey squirrels, foxes and badgers.The park offers a wide range of facilities and services, which include tennis courts, childrens play area, playing fields, an arboretum, barbeque and picnic areas and cafe. A well serviced caravan and camping site caters for 52 touring vans and 30 tents and has full electrical hook-up facilities, water, TV links and a toilet and amenity block. Laundry services are available at the park's reception area.
The Cloughmore car park at the end of the forest drive, 230 metres above sea level provides views of the surrounding forest and is a good starting point for the three waymarked trails. The trails vary in length from 1.25 miles to 4.5 miles, and take the visitor to various areas within the forest to enjoy the many magnificent views and beauty of the woodlands.
Open spaces and pathways in Kilbroney Park allow relaxing strolls and links directly into the forest park where trails lead through oakwoods and planted slopes of sitka spruce, douglas, fir and pine. the the new Narnia trail – a must for all fans of CS Lewis big and small. Also new is the Cloughmore Centre, a new event space at Kilbroney Forest Park and the Mountain bike trails that attract bikers from all over to the world class tracks.