5. Chimney Rock
Alternatively if you’re feeling really adventurous you can first climb Slieve Donard via the Glen River track and then descend along the wall until you meet Chimney Rock.
This mountain in particular is windy all year round, which is why the milder temperatures of summer months make this a great spot to bag your first summit camp.
The area at the top is especially exposed, so pick a mild night and pitch your tent behind some of the large boulders for shelter.
This spot would rank higher in our list if it wasn’t for the lack of flat space to sleep. There are numerous rocks and boulders on this summit, so leave plenty of time to find a suitable place to pitch when arriving.
4. Pigeon Rock
It can be a little wet and boggy in places so make sure to leave enough time to find a dry campsite before it gets dark.
Camping closer to the reservoir will provide you with easier access to water, but also more chance of noise from the bordering road.
A carpark is situated at the bottom of Pidgeon Rock as well as another on the adjacent side of the reservoir.
3. Hen Mountain
This little mountain provides great views and a number of rocky torrs that can be explored and climbed to get the best views of the surrounding mountains.
2. Annalong Valley
Parking at the Carricklittle car par, follow the Carricklittle track for a couple of kilometers until you reach the end of the forest on your right. From here you can continue along the track upwards into the valley or pick a spot of your liking closer to the Annalong Wood.
1. Spinkwee River
Just outside Tollymore Forest and close to the boundary wall that encloses it, runs Spinkwee River.
Sheltered by the surrounding trees and hillside, this campsite sits beside the river and overhanging trees that can provide shade from the summer sun. With space for around seven to eight tents and a running source of water this campsite is very near perfect for first time wild campers.
What do you think of our recommendations? Or do you know an even better spot for first time wild camping? Let us know in the comments below!