Glenafelly Forest Recreation Area


At western end of Slieve Bloom Mountains in Co. Offaly, near Kinnitty village.

Site Description

This recreation area takes visitors into the more remote parts of the Slieve Bloom Mountains and allows  walkers to explore the geology and former uses of this upland area.

Situated near the entrance on private land opposite the car park is the Fiddlers Rock. This great stone of quartzite was erected in prehistoric times and demonstrates mans long occupation of this valley.

The Glenafelly Eco Walk passes through mature and semi-mature woods along river banks and on forest roads. The trail follows along both sides of a quiet and remote  river valley leading into the townland of Barcam at the top of the valley. The open lower slopes of the valley along the riverbanks contrast with the seclusion of the more heavily wooded upper section. Native broadleaved tree species such as Birch and Alder and conifer tress such as Norway Spruce and Sitka Spruce can be found in the valley Foxglove, bracken, thistle, heather, bilberry and holly are also evident along the trail.

Look out for evidence of the animal life in the valley which includes fallow deer, badger, fox, pine marten and wood mouse. Birds of the valley include jay, raven, crow, dipper, hen harrier and bullfinch.

The Slieve Bloom Way runs beside the forest entrance  on the public road and can be used to link with other Coillte loop routes in the Slieve Blooms. Check out other walks on the website in Co. Offaly and Co. Laois.

Glenafelly Forest Recreation Area Features

Arboretum, Walking Trails,

How do I get there?

Travel to the village of Kinnitty which is located on the R421 between the two towns of Mountmellick and Birr. From the village, take the 'high' road (towards Roscrea) also signposted for Glenafelly and, after 1km, turn left at a road junction signposted Old Munster Road. The entrance to the forest is on the left after a further 1.5km.

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No of car spaces:12
Parking options:Restricted hours apply
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Contact Info

Contact name:Richard Jack