Cabin Wood 

 

 

 

 

Cabin Wood, just outside Cookstown, has the perfect setting. The wood is bordered by the Ballinderry and Killymoon Rivers and has the advantage of having Killymoon Estate, and the mature woodland within, as a neighbour. Although still in its infancy, Cabin Wood glows with beauty, peace and tranquillity. 

The land, made available by Cookstown District Council, has been planted with a wonderful mix of native trees; over 12,000 in total and including alder, ash, birch, Scots pine, oak and willow. Springtime visitors will be impressed by beauties such as the bluebell, wood anemone, wild garlic and lesser celandine which grow along the riverbanks. A pathway will lead you on your gentle stroll, lasting approximately half an hour.

 

Keep an eye open for the red deer which sometimes visit Cabin Wood, by swimming across the Ballinderry River from Killymoon Estate. And as you walk over the brow of the gentle hill, cast your eye to the far side of the river: you’ll see beautiful Killymoon Castle and its impressive veteran trees. 

Cabin Wood was once part of Killymoon Estate. A notice in the ‘Londonderry Sentinel’ on 27 December 1861 announced the sale of wood from the Estate, consisting entirely of first-class oak for ship-building and railway carriages. The advertisement boasted that the timber “could not be surpassed in the United Kingdom for size and quality”.

 

 

 

The Drumin Oak, named after the townland Drumin, is within Killymoon Estate. It is an impressive giant with a girth of over 25 feet. The oak is thought to date back to the seventeenth century and it is said that King William tied his horse to it. Certainly he stayed at Killymoon Castle when the oak was already sizeable. (Please note: the Estate is privately owned and is not accessible to the public.) 


Cabin Wood contains the ruins of a sawmill. A wooden seat in the shape of a wood-saw shows you where to look.

 

 

 

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