Colin Glen Forest Park

A beautiful wooded glen located between Belfast and Lisburn.

Colin Glen Forest Park is a beautiful wooded glen located on the Stewartstown Road between Belfast and Lisburn. The park follows the route of the River Colin through 81 hectares of woodland, wetland and grassland, providing recreational open space in an area of high density housing.

Over 200,000 people visit Colin Glen Forest Park every year, and it is ranked fifth in the Northern Ireland Tourist Board’s top ten most visited country and forest parks.

The Colin Glen Trust is a registered charity formed in 1989 to take responsibility for the management and development of the glen. The trust promotes conservation of the natural environment, provides training and environmental education, and encourages community participation.

Since its inception, the trust has restocked the River Colin with salmon, improved native habitats in the glen, built a network of forest paths, and increased native tree cover by planting 400,000 trees and shrubs, all aided by volunteers. Volunteers have also created wildlife mosaics, carried out biological surveys, and photographed the landscape.

The Colin Glen Education Team offers a wide range of activities for over 7000 children each year. The most popular activities for primary education groups are pond dipping and mini-beast hunts, while river and soil studies are preferred by secondary and tertiary education classes.

In 1992, the Colin Glen Trust acquired the old Dunmurry golf centre. The site has since been redeveloped and renamed the Colin Valley Golf Course. Now affiliated with the Golf Union of Ireland, the course attracts some 44,000 golfers per year, offering both annual membership and ‘pay and play’.

Colin Glen Trust hosts an extensive series of events in the grounds of the forest park. These include historic walks, seasonal nature walks, fossil hunts, tree planting, woodcraft days, habitat creation days, and bat spotting nights. For further details of Colin Glen events, or about the trust and forest park in general, log on to or email

© The Colin Glen Community Trust 2004