Curragh Chase Forest Park


The park is located 22km west of Limerick on the N69 coast road close to Kilcornan and Askeaton.

Site Description

The park cover 313 hectares of mixed woodlands, park land and lakes which together provide a rich habitat for a diverse range of animals and plants.
Originally, the name of the estate was Curragh (meaning bog) before it was changed to Curragh Chase by Sir Aubrey de Vere. Aubrey Thomas de Vere a poet and author, was born at Curragh Chase in 1814. Aubrey died in 1902 having lived mostly at Curragh Chase. Curragh Chase was acquired in 1957 by the Forestry Division and in the 1970s was established as a forest park.
There are several special areas of conservation in the park, largely due to the presence of the Lesser Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros). The hawfinch, a rare bird on Irish soils has frequently been seen at Curragh Chase, this bird appreciates the many hornbeam trees to be found within the Park. Coillte is currently involved in restoring native woodlands within important pockets in the park, including a native Yew woodland.
There are a number of looped way marked trails in the park to suit all visitors. They vary from the multi-access trails suitable for wheelchair users and family walkers to the longer Curragh and Glenisca trails suitable for those looking for more demanding walking and cycling. There is a permanent orienteering course in the Park also click here to access maps and workbooks.

For futher information on the Caravan & Camping Park click here.

There is a pay barrier at this Forest Park. Parking Fee: €5.00 Per Car (Coins Only) Annual Access Card €40.00 The Annual Access Card is valid for all Forest Parks listed on our website To Purchase Or New Your Annual Access Card Click Here To prevent theft - Please ensure not to leave valuables on display in your vehicle. Please keep dogs on leads at all times.

Curragh Chase Forest Park Features

Archaeological, Leisure cycling, Walking Trails, Fishing, Arboretum, Orienteering, Picnic Site, Playground, Forest Park, EU Life Site, Access for all, Camping, Caravanning,

How do I get there?

From Limerick take the N69 coast road west heading towards Foynes. Pass through Kildimo village and continue to Kilcornan. Turn left just leaving Kilcornan and follow this road for 3.5 kms to reach the Forest Park. It is clearly signposted from the main road (N69).

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No of car spaces:150
Car park opens:07.00 (April to Sept.) 08.00 (October - March)
Car park closes:21.00 (April to Sept.) 18.30 (October - March)
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Parking options:Restricted hours apply
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Contact Info

Contact name:Izabela Witkowska