These stunning forests in Northern Ireland are perfect for serene autumnal woodland walks when the weather turns crisp.
With the goal of helping travelers discover top destinations for seasonal staycations, holiday lettings marketplace HomeToGo has released a ranking of the UK's 50 best forests to visit this fall, and nine forests in Northern Ireland made the list.
With scores assigned according to exclusive search and price data, alongside extensive insights as to average autumn weather, lesser-known spot status, and size, the index aims to show holidaymakers where they can find tranquility amongst the trees.
Featuring iconic locations alongside off-the-beaten-path beauty spots, the list provides plenty of inspiration for breaks across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Forests and woodlands in the Snowdonia, Cairngorms, and North York Moors National Parks, as well as the Isle of Wight, Mourne, and Antrim Coast and Glens Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty all made it into the top 20.
A shortlist of forests and woodlands was collated using information from the websites of UK tourism boards and organizations. The destinations were then ranked using a score calculated across four categories: serenity, price, rain & shine, and room to explore.
The Northern Ireland forests that made the list can be found below, along with how they ranked in the top 50.
Nine forests to visit in Northern Ireland this autumn:
Rostrevor Forest, Co. Down (12th)
Ballypatrick Forest, Co. Antrim (19th)
Ely Lodge Forest, Co. Fermanagh (21st)
Gosford Forest Park, Co. Armagh (22nd)
Florence Court Forest Park, Co. Fermanagh (27th)
Gortin Glen Forest Park, Co Tyrone (31st)
Belvoir Park Forest, Co. Antrim (32nd)
Tollymore Forest Park, Co. Down (39th)
Glenariff Forest Park, Co. Antrim (41st)
Travelers, day-trippers, and nature lovers can access the full list of the 50 best forests on the HomeToGo website.