Tardree Forest, near Antrim

Tardree Forest is a mixed conifer forest with panoramic views over the County Antrim countryside and Lough Neagh. At the top of Tardree Hill there is a Geological Nature Reserve where you can find rhyolite, an igneous rock resulting from volcanic activity 60 million years ago. There are well marked forest paths and a picnic area.

Although now forested, Tardree derives its name from the Irish “An tArd Fhraoigh” meaning, “The Height of heather.” Long before it was covered in the heather this was the site of a large explosive volcano.

Managed by Forest Service (028 9049 1264)

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