Hugginstown, Co Kilkenny
The wooded demesne of Castlemorris (Castle Morres) and previously known as "Diore Lia" (grey wood) was formerly home to the Morres and De Montmorency families - the family vault can still be seen in the churchyard of the nearby Aghaviller church. The churchyard also contains the remains of an ancient round tower built to protect the occupants and valuables of monastic settlements from Viking raids.
Harvey Morres received a grant of land here in the late 17th century. Francis Morres, the first Viscount Mountmorris and Harvey's eldest son commissioned Castle Morres as one of the largest stately homes in the country and it was built in approximately 1751. Francis Bindon designed the house, he also designed such notable houses as Bessborough House and Woodstock House in Co. Kilkenny. Unfortunately, much of the house is now demolished after it was sold in 1924 to the Land Commission, and in the early 1930's it was deroofed and a demolition sale took place.
The grounds now merge with other woods totalling almost 630 acres. The forest is a mixture of broadleaf and conifer trees.
Three looped walks, of varying lengths, have been marked at Castlemorris. Enjoy!
Castlemorris FeaturesArchaeological, Picnic Site, Walking Trails,
How do I get there?Castlemorris is situated off the N10 between Kilkenny and Waterford. Take the R699 in the direction of Kilmaganny and Dunnamaggan. After 6km turn right onto the R701 signposted Kilmaganny - after 1km you will reach Castlemorris grand gates and a parking area.
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