Tollymore is a large forest park open to the public. The estate originally
belonged to the Earls of Roden and cover some 1200 acres. Sadly the
house which once stood where the main carpark does now, is no more.
The view they had was stunning! The walled
garden has also been turned into a carpark and visitors centre.
There is a lot to see and explore here. There is a deep valley
with a river,
The Shimna, seen here at the bottom, with many bridges, stepping stones and
follys built along it. The Hermitage is a fun folly built of stone with steps
climbing up to a position above a deep pool. Look in the water and
the trout! Elsewhere there is a large lake with wild fowl, a rhodendron
walk, an arboretum with specimen trees and forest areas which stretch up
deep into the mountains. People walk, picnic and generally enjoy themselves
in these pretty surroundings.
Newcastle town is close by as is the Gardens at Castlewellan.
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