15 kms Southwest of Cahir, Co. Tipperary on the old Dublin/Cork road, now the R639.
Glengarra, in Irish 'An Ghleanna Ghairbh', which may mean the rough glen or Garra's glen (a local 2nd century chieftain of the Morna tribe),
In places the glen is steeply sloping, especially along the channel of the Burncourt river - which divides the woodland - where oak trees cling to the side slopes along with greater woodrush. The earliest maps show that the area was dominated by forest. During the nineteenth century Viscount Lismore, who presided over the area at that time, erected a lodge - known as Mountain Lodge and currently used by An Óige as a youth hostel - in a situation of beauty in Glengarra and surrounded it with a plantation of about 150 acres, containing many unusual, exotic trees.
There are a considerable variety of native trees, especially oak, which is common on the slopes. Alder and silver birch are especially at home in the vicinity of the river and wet, boggy areas. At the base of the slopes old ash trees dominate with hazel, holly, rowan, wych elm and grey willow, whilst on the forest floor plants include yellow pimpernel, bilberry (or fraochan) and lady fern. Scots pine is a notable feature, growing up to 30 meters in places. Animals that reside here include bats, deer, pygmy shrew, red squirrel and possibly pine marten. The site contains many exotics including sycamore, laurel and a variety of conifers. Some - for example a sequoiadendron over 140 feet tall - are notable specimens that do not pose a threat to the native vegetation. However, rhododendron invasion is a serious problem and measures have been taken to eradicate it from the site. In addition, a variety of native trees will be planted, including alder, ash, birch and oak. There is a wealth of local history and folklore associated with Glengarra. A holy well is situated in the nearby Shanbally Demesne. On its wall is a plain stone cross, which was erected by the late Lord Lismore to mark the site of a fallen ash tree that was used by pilgrims as the place on which to place "offerings of ribbons". A nearby forked yew is now used instead.
Glengarra FeaturesArboretum, Millennium Forest, Picnic Site, Walking Trails, Car Parking, Nature Conservation,
How do I get there?From Cahir, take Exit 11 off the M8 South Bound. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto the R668, continue to the roundabout and take 1st exit onto the R639 (signposted Kilbeheny). Travel for 8 km, the entrance to the car park for Glengarra Woods will be on the right hand side. If you are travelling northwards from Cork, take exit 12 off the M8. At the 1st roundabout take the 1st exit for the N73 (signposted Mallow). At the 2nd roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the R639 (signposted Kilbeheny). The entrance to the car park for Glengarra Woods is approximately 8 km from Kilbeheny on the left hand side.
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