Great places to see red squirrels

Red Squirrel (c) Richard BowlerRed Squirrel (c) Richard Bowler

County Antrim

Glenariff Forest Park
Red squirrels in the forest park are protected by volunteers from the Glens Red Squirrel Group who cover a vast area of the north-east of Northern Ireland. The group offers arranged walks through the forest park and maintains squirrel feeders, providing a good chance to see reds.

Ballycastle Forest
The Glens Red Squirrel Group offers arranged walks through the forest, where reds may be spotted along the way.

Ballypatrick Forest
The Glens Red Squirrel Group maintains many squirrel feeders throughout the forest – you may even spot a red on one as you drive in. Arranged safaris are also provided by the group.

Glenarm Nature Reserve 
Located within Glenarm Estate and incorporating the largest area of semi-natural woodland in County Antrim, Glenarm Nature Reserve is one of the best sites to spot this iconic species. Accessible to Ulster Wildlife members by permission only.

Straidkilly Nature Reserve 
This small nature reserve, perched above Glenarm Village, is a great place to spot red squirrels feasting on nuts in the hazel woodland. You can also enjoy a short circular trail, picnic area and stunning views of the North Antrim Coast.

County Derry/Londonderry

Muff Glen
This mixed woodland, near Eglinton, offers a scenic circular walk with some steep steps and a waterfall. Red squirrels can be seen here and are protected by the North West Red Squirrel Group.

County Down

Kilbroney Forest Park
The ancient oak woodland at Kilbroney is home to iconic reds. Head towards Fiddler's Green - a small clearing at the southern edge of the oakwood - to catch a glimpse of them or the woodland area near the campsite.

Tollymore Forest Park 
The Tollymore Red Squirrel Group is helping to protect reds in the forest by supplementary feeding and through educational activities and events. There are also several walks in the forest which offer a chance to spot red squirrels.

Mount Stewart
Take a walk around the National Trust house or gardens to search for red squirrels, which are most commonly seen behind the house and to the north of the lake.

County Tyrone

Gortin Glen
Located at the western gateway to the Sperrin Mountains, there are many walks through the forest that offer a chance of seeing reds.

County Armagh

Slieve Gullion Forest Park
Located within the Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), red squirrels in the forest park are protected and maintained by the Ring of Gullion and Cooley Red Squirrel Group. There is a good chance you will see a red in the needleless larch trees where they feed on the seeds of the larch cones.

Camlough Forest 
Situated in the hills overlooking Newry, this coniferous forest offers walkers a good chance of seeing reds in pines at the top of the mountain.

Tievecrom Mountain, Newry
A woodland that offers incredible views of the mythical gap of the North, red squirrels can frequently be found in this 325 hectare plantation.

County Fermanagh

Slieve Beagh
The mountainous area, which straddles the border between County Monaghan, Country Fermanagh and Tyrone, is a hotspot for red squirrels and is managed and conserved for reds by the Fermanagh Red Squirrel Group .

Castle Archdale Country Park
Castle Archdale Country Park between Enniskillen and Kesh is an excellent location to spot red squirrels and a host of other native wildlife. Keep an eye out when you are driving in (and slow down) reds are often seen on the driveway.

Ely Lodge Forest
Ely Lodge Forest adjacent to the main A46 Lough Shore Road between Enniskillen and Belleek is a hotspot for red squirrels and has information boards which reveal more about the life of Fermanagh's reds. 

Florence Court and Crom Estate 
The beautiful 18th-century house and grounds, maintained by The National Trust, offers 15km trails where you may be lucky to spot some red squirrels.