Killaclohane

Location

East of the N70 between Castlemaine and Milltown in Co. Kerry

Site Description

Killaclohane or Coill an Clocháin in Irish can be translated to mean 'Church of the strong ford'.  This property has had a long tradition of woodland cover which is evident from the well established ground flora of Woodrush, Hard Fern, Ling Heather and Bilberry.  Historically the species content is recorded as being of oak/birch.  Efforts to restore this native woodland are well underway as is evident from the stands of young oak that have been planted in the last number of years.  There are still many mature oaks to be seen within the forest along with Beech, Rowan and Holly.  Wildlife observed in Killaclohane include; badgers, hedgehogs, a number of species of bat and rabbits. For walkers and nature enthusiasts, the Mass Rock Loop circuits the property affording the walker great views of the Slieve Mish mountains on a clear day.  This mixed woodland is a truly tranquil spot. Along the loop is an information display close to the 'Poll an Afrinn' and mass rock  - a short distance from the woodland barriers.  There is a well attended mass celebrated at this site every year.

Killaclohane Features

Archaeological, Car Parking, Walking Trails,

How do I get there?

From Killarney, travel out the N72 in a westerly direction towards Fossa.  A short distance from Killarney, in Fossa village, take a right onto the R563 at the Golden Nugget pub, signposted Milltown.  Travel in a north westerly direction to Milltown.  Bear right in Milltown onto the N70 in the direction of Castlemaine.  After approx. 2.6km take the road on your right onto the R561, signposted Ballygar and Farranfore.  Continue for 1.3 km and take the turnoff for the right, signposted 'Poll an Afrinn'.  Continue for½ km and take the small gravelled road to your right that will lead you up to the forest barriers.

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Contact Info

Contact name:Michael Creedon
Contact email:michael.creedon@coillte.ie