Ards Forest Park comprises 480 hectares situated on the shores of Sheephaven Bay on the rugged Donegal coastline. Uniquely amongst Coillte’s parks it incorporates a sandy beach, rocky shoreline and a diversity of habitats.
You can enjoy many forest walks, a car park and a children’s play area. It also has many features of historical and archaeological interest. The remains of four ringforts are to be seen in the park as well as a number of megalithic tombs – legend has it that these were the beds of Diarmuid and Grainne in their flight from Fionn Mac Cumhaill. A Holy Well – the Ague Well – which is reputed to have curative powers, can be seen on Bealach na hArdaigh Walk. On the same walk there is a Mass Rock where Mass was celebrated in defiance of the Penal Laws. There are numerous viewing points on the walks and trails with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.
There are a number of signposted walks incorporating the main features of the park. These include the Ards Heritage Trail which is 3.5km long, the Nature Trail and the Green trail which are both 3km long and the Red Trail which is 13km long.
Ards Forest Park is located 5km north of Creeslough on the N56 to Dunfanaghy.