Colin Glen Forest Park is a beautiful wooded river glen on the edge of Belfast and Lisburn. It comprises 200 acres of scenic woodland, river, open grassland, waterfalls and wildflower areas.
Colin Glen was a major player in the Belfast linen industry with the McCance family establishing flax and beetling mills along the Colin River. The remains of the mill race can still be seen at the weir bridge. Water was also diverted to the nearby Half Moon Lake – now an area for wildlife in the heart of the Lenadoon housing estate.
Colin River flows past a fantastic fossil bed with spate floods bringing down a range of material including ammonites, crinoids and even sharks teeth.
The site contains the SkyTrek activity course and has Green Flag status.
Where to walk….Ballycullo Trail
Blue route. A 2.8 mile (4.5km) route, which takes in panoramic views of Belfast including the Mourne Mountains, Stormont and Harland and Wolff.
Red route. This 4 mile (6.5km) route is most suited to the serious walker and leaves lower Colin Glen into the National Trust owned upper Glen.
Yellow route. This 2.3 mile (3.5km) route follows the river along much of its route through broadleaf woodland and is both pram and wheelchair friendly.
Green route. This 1.5 mile (2km) route leads you as far as a Gamekeeper’s bridge where a toll was once charged for crossing the river. A section of steps are optional.
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Spring/Summer 9am – 8pm
Autumn/Winter 9am – 5pm
Mon – Thurs closed
Fri 1pm – 5pm
Sat & Sun 10am – 5pm
River Entrance By car (BT17 0HW) Leave M1 at Junction 3. Turn right off slip road under M1 bridge, straight onto Blacks Road. Go to T junction at the end of Blacks Road and turn left. After the next set of traffic lights continue for 100 metres. Colin Glen car park is on the right
Mountain Entrance By car (BT17 0HW) Leave M1 at Junction 3. Turn right off slip road under M1 bridge, straight onto Blacks Road. Go to T junction at the end of Blacks Road and turn left. After the next set of traffic lights turn right onto the Suffolk Rd and drive to end of the road. At the T junction turn left. Drive for another mile and the Car Park is on the left.
Translink Metro* 10C/10D/10G/10H from Queen Street, Belfast. Alight Woodbourne. Colin Glen Forest Park is country-bound past the church on the corner. Look for brown sign bearing name. Go into car park and the gates of the park are directly in front of you.
West Belfast Taxi Association from King Street, Belfast. *Check timetables before setting out at www.translink.co.uk
Colin Glen Forest Park is a hub for lots of exciting outdoor leisure activities including a High ropes activity course, Alpine Coaster, Zip line, archery, mountain biking, lazer-tag etc. Click here more more details and to book.
Grid reference: J285705
Colin Glen Trail Map and Colin Glen heritage leaflet
AT A GLANCE
- Toilets / Disable WC
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