Galty Castle

Location

Galty Castle is a woodland located on the southern slopes of the Galty Mountains. It lies on the borders of counties Limerick and Tipperary, close to Mitchelstown and Kilbeheny, village off the old N8 (R639).

Site Description

Galty Castle Forest Recreation Area is located on the southern slopes of the Galty Mountains.  The area was once the site of Galty Castle built in 1740 which, with later additions, became the home of the Kingston family. The last owners were the Buckleys of Galty Castle Estate. The Castle was demolished around 1940 and the stone was then used to build the local church in Glanworth.  All that remains as evidence of the estate are some red sandstone stables and an outline of the tennis courts. 

The woodland itself, consists of a diverse species block of approximately 450 hectares around the car park.  Broadleaves include; oak, ash, beech, sycamore, birch, chestnut, rowan, whitebeam and holly.  Conifers include; Sitka spruce, Norway spruce, Scot's Pine, Western hemlock and Grand fir.  Because of the woodlands special and semi-secluded location on the Galty's there is a rich assortment of wildlife here; deer, fox, badger, stoat, mink, red squirrel, hare and rabbit.  Pheasant, duck, kestrel, barn owl, kingfishers and many species of bat are also present.

For walkers, the Attychraan National Looped Walk starts and finishes at the car park.  This is a really scenic trail that offers magnificent views of the mountains, farmlands and rolling countryside, as well as opportunities to walk through some impressive stands of trees.  There is a special section beside the Attychrann river that would lift any spirit.

This amenity area is well worth the effort to visit - Enjoy!

Galty Castle Features

Picnic Site, Walking Trails, Car Parking,

How do I get there?

Galty Castle is located close to Kilbeheny village (exit 12 off the M8).  From the village, travel eastwards on the old N8 (R639), take the 2nd road to your left, you will see a forest amenity sign.  Continue up this road for another 1km, take the road to your right, continue up for another 1.5km to reach the car park and the amenity site trailhead.

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Parking

No of car spaces:7
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Contact Info

Contact name:John O' Halloran
Contact email:John.ohalloran@coillte.ie