Colin Glen Forest Park

The Colin River flowing through Colin Glen Forest Park

Colin Glen Forest Park is a beautiful wooded river glen on the edge of Belfast and Lisburn City Councils. The Glen comprises 200 acres of scenic woodland, river, open grassland, waterfalls and wild flower areas.

How to get there

Colin Glen entrance from Stewartstown Road

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

Public transport:

Translink Metro: From Belfast city centre (Queen Street) alight Woodbourne. Colin Glen Forest Park is countrybound 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 Black Taxi Association: From Castle Junction board taxi for Twinbrook and tell the driver your destination. Price is approximately £1.50 adult, 90p child, 70p senior citizen. 

Walking routes

There are 4 way marked trails throughout the site

  • Tom of the Tae End (Green) Trail: this 2 km route leads you as far as a Gamekeeper's bridge where a toll was once charged for crossing the river. Grade: Easy Access as a section of steps are optional 
  • Englishtown (Yellow) Trail: this 3.5k route follows the river along much of its route and is both pram and wheelchair friendly. Grade: Leisurely
  • Ballycullo (Blue) Trail: a 4.5k route which takes in panoramic views of Belfast including the Mourne Mountains, Stormont and Harland and Wolff. Grade: Easy Access 
  • Hannahstown (Red) Trail: this 6.5k route is most suited to the serious walker and leaves lower Colin Glen into the National Trust-owned upper Glen. Grade: Leisurely

Take reasonable precautions in the Hills
  • Carry a charged mobile phone, but remember that some parts of the Hills will not get a signal
  • Tell people where you’ll be going
  • Walk a path that you know
  • Wrap up warm
  • Check weather forecast before leaving


Toilets, hot and cold beverages, snacks and meals, seats in the park

There is open access to this site all year round. A number of wheelchair/buggy friendly paths go through the site

More information 

Colin Glen Trust

Download map and heritage leaflets


Colin Glen Trust

Access code

Before you go download our access code. This provides general guidelines on how to look after yourself and the environment when out in the Hills