Lickeen is situated on the Iveragh Peninsula in the very picturesque Glencar Valley beside Blackstones Bridge. It is approximately 18 km from Killorglin and approximately 13km from Glenbeigh in Co. Kerry.

Site Description

Lickeen or 'An Licín' in Gaelic is derived from the Irish leac, meaning flagstone, thus an licín may be translated to mean a small flagstone.  This woodland is located in one of the most picturesque parts of the country, namely Glencar in Co. Kerry.  Caragh Lake is in the vicinity as are the MacGillycuddy's Reeks, of which there are many opportunities to get great views of from the picnic area.  Blackstones Bridge, a local landmark is just a short stroll up the road. The area falls within the SAC or Special Area of Conservation of the Caragh River Catchment.  It is one of the most important salmonid rivers in the South West of Ireland and is a very popular salmon and trout fishing destination.   The woodland itself was once part of the Landsdowne Estate and is classified as old woodland.  Oak, Birch, Holly, Alder, Norway Spruce, Scots Pine, Western Hemlock and Sitka Spruce are among the  tree species to be found.  The shrub layer includes, bilberry and bramble, whilst the ground layer includes; wood sorrel, wood anemone, foxglove, stitchwort and bluebell.  The ground is strewn with many boulders that play host to many bryophytes, including flimy ferns and the Lusitanian St. Patrick's Cabbage.   The Kerry Way, a national way marked way makes its way through this property.

Lickeen Features

Car Parking, Picnic Site, Walking Trails,

How do I get there?

From Killorglin, travel out the N70 in the direction of Glenbeigh.  After 10km you will cross a single-lane bridge on a bend.  After the school, take the next left signposted for Treanmanagh.  Continue straight on this narrow, largely uphill road.  At the top of the ascent is a crossroads, continue straight on down the hill towards the shores of Lough Caragh.  Turn right and travel straight on for about 7km.  The parking and picnic area of Lickeen Wood is located on the left, beside the GAA grounds.

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Contact Info

Contact name:Michael Creedon