Glansheskin - Kilworth

Location

Glansheskin is located on the outskirts of Kilworth village close to Fermoy town in Co. Cork.

Site Description

Glansheskin, or 'Gleann Seiscinn' in Irish, is an old woodland located close to  Kilworth Village in North East Cork.  A main feature of the forest is the Douglas River, which flows down the wooded Glen through the property.  This links up with the Araglin River close by and the two tributaries feed into the mighty Blackwater which  journeys forth to the sea at Youghal Bridge.  This section of river is known for its populations of Otter, Salmon, Brown Trout, Brook and River Lamprey - it is important in terms of conservation.  Red Squirrel, badgers, foxes, rabbits, many species of bat, dippers, blackbirds, wrens, cuckoo, coal tits and many more species of wildlife frequent this forest.   The diversity of tree species along with the shrub and ground flora layers mean that this amenity site is much favoured by nature lovers.  Ash, hazel, beech, sally, oak, alder, birch, holly and Douglas Fir all make an appearance in this mixed woodland.  There is a beautiful show of bluebells beside the river at the latter end of April and in the month of May.  There is a lovely picnic area located alongside the car park and close to the river.

Walks in the area run either side of the Douglas River and are bridged at a number of points offering the visitor the opportunity to loop back to the car park. 

The Blackwater Way, a long distance national way marked way, also makes its way through the forest.  It is denoted on the ground by the yellow man waymarking posts.

Glansheskin - Kilworth Features

Picnic Site, Walking Trails, Car Parking,

How do I get there?

Coming from Dublin or Cork, leave the M8 motorway at Exit 14 for Fermoy and Kilworth.  Go to the Moorepark roundabout, at Eastern side of the motorway and exit for Kilworth/ Mitchelstown (R639).  Go down the hill past the Teagasc Moorepark Research Centre, move into the right hand lane and turn right onto the R667 for Kilworth.  Continue straight to the T-junction in the village.  Turn right and continue down the main street to the village green, turn left (signposted Ballyporeen).  Travel out this road (ignore first left)  for 1.1 km.  The entrance to the forest is on the left hand side just before Glansheskin Bridge.  The main car park is 500m in from the forest entrance.

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Parking

No of car spaces:20
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Contact Info

Contact name:John Galvin
Contact email:john.galvin@coillte.ie