“ Forest Park located in County Down, Northern Ireland „
Kilbroney is a forest park located on the edge of the picturesque village of Rostrevor in County Down, Northern Ireland. The park is popular with locals and tourist alike and offers a whole host of activities. During the summer months the park has a camping site which is very well maintained. I stayed here last summer in a tent at a cost of £7.75 per night.
The forest mainly consists of evergreens and the area plays host to an abundance of wildlife. The forest park itself is open all year round during day light hours. The park is also home to the Cloughmore Stone which is a large 30 tonne stone that was left behind by retreating glaciers.
Facilities at the park
The facilities at the park are very good. There is good car parking, a children's play area, a bar b que area, a hill drive, a café, toilets, tennis courts, numerous walks and of course the camp site which has a shower block.
I have been to this park many times and it was only this summer that I stayed over night. The facilities for camping where excellent. We arrived early enough and had no bother finding a pitch but this site can become busy at peak times. The staff were very friendly and the toilet/shower block were very well maintained. The camp site is located in a secluded park of the forest and only campers can get access to the camping area/facilities.
The town of Rostrevor is only about a mile walk away and offers a good selection of bars many of which have live music at the weekend. We did a few of the walks when we stayed there. They were steep at times but the views from the top where really spectacular looking out over Carlingford Bay and over the town of Warrenpoint.
Legend has is that the Irish Giant Finn Mc Cool lay down and still sleeps opposite this park. It is easy to see what looks like the outline of a very large body as you peer across Carlingford Bay at the Cooley Mountains.
Overall we enjoyed our stay at Kilbroney and as far as camping holidays or places to visit for day trips they don't get much better than Kilbroney.