Foynes

Location

Foynes amenity area is located just over 1km from the town on the N69

Site Description

Foynes or Faing as it is in Irish, is a pocket of mixed woodland of just over 17 acres located on the banks of the majestic River Shannon.  The woodland once formed a mere fragment of the 6,500 acres of the Monteagle Estate, the main family seat being at nearby Mount Trenchard.  Remnants of the estate days can still be observed within the property to this day in the form of the old carriage paths, stone walls and the Lady's Gate at the Eastern access point to the property.

There are some twisty paths to explore that offer fantastic views out over the estuary.  The picnic area  which is just beside the parking lay-by , includes a special adapted picnic table for wheelchairs.   

For the nature enthusiast, the range of tree species includes; beech, sycamore, birch, Douglas Fir and Scot's Pine.  From Poultallin Point scan the waters for bottle-nosed dolphins Tursiops truncatus and otters Lutra lutra.  For the historian, take some time to imagine the transatlantic flying boats landing in Foynes around the time of World War II.  Luminaries passing through on these sea planes included Charles Lindberg and Eleanor Roosevelt.  Looking  out across the estuary, there are views to Foynes Island which was the home of the famous mariner/circumnavigator Conor O' Brien.  Also nearby is the Foynes deepwater seaport, one of the busiest ports in Ireland as the cranes unload and load containers. 

Although relatively small, this is a unique site that offers the visitor a great opportunity to take some time out and soak up what nature has to offer.

Foynes Features

Car Parking, Picnic Site, Walking Trails,

How do I get there?

From Limerick City, take the N69 Coast Road, signposted Tralee and Listowel, in the direction of Foynes (approx 35km).  Travel through the town, past the Flying Boat Museum and port and up the hill.  The lay-by for the woodland amenity area will be on your right-hand-side. If travelling from west Clare it is also possible to cross the Shannon estuary by car ferry.  This operates on a regular basis from Killimer in Co. Clare to Tarbert in Co. Kerry, just 20km from Foynes.

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Contact Info

Contact name:Izabela Witkowska
Contact email:Izabela.Witkowska@coillte.ie