Newvillage Forest Recreation Area


Approximately 2kms northwest of Oughterard village in Co. Galway along the Glann road.

Site Description

This area offers looped walks off the route of the Western Way through Newvillage forest. There are excellent views to the east over Lough Corrib and north towards Cong in Co. Mayo.

There are two walking routes within Newvillage forest. Both involve making a complete loop, bringing the visitor back to the car-park. The longer Lough Seecon route is approximately 6.5km in length, while the shorter route is approximately 5km. Both routes provide stunning views over Lough Corrib. The routes are waymarked throughout - please check the map to choose which colour trail to follow.

The Western Way runs from Oughterard along the eastern boundary of Newvillage forest along the public road. It continues along the Glann road before passing through Derroura Wood (Lower) and eventually out across the open bog and onto newly constructed boardwalk at Lackavrea and Derreenagusfoor.

Newvillage property is a large forest occurring mostly on blanket bog/wet heath. The Lough Seecon river delimits the southern boundary of the property and flows in an easterly direction into Lough Corrib.  The dominant bedrock within the property is schist and this has resulted in a the presence of rather shallow, nutrient-poor, peat soils.

Please note that sections of these trails are quite exposed in bad weather and you should carry appropriate waterproof clothing. There are areas which may have very poor mobile phone reception also. As with all walks in the countryside, let somebody know where you are going and what time you will return. As both trails return to this point using the public road, be aware of  approaching traffic in front and from behind.

Newvillage Forest Recreation Area Features

Walking Trails,

How do I get there?

From Oughterard village in Co. Galway, head westwards along the main street and cross over the bridge beside the church. Turn right off the main road (N69) and follow this narrow road for approx 2kms. This road is known locally as the Glann Road. Newvillage property is clearly marked at the forest entrance.

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No of car spaces:6
Parking options:Restricted hours apply
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Contact Info

Contact name:Barry Rintoul