Kilrush, Co Clare

Site Description

The forest area covers 160ha of  broafleaf, conifer and mixed woodland of variable age classes.  Some of the old broadleaf trees survive since planting by the vandeleur family over 100 years ago.

The demesne was laid out during the lifetime of Crofton Vandeleur who died in 1795.  Kilrush house was established as the home of the vandeleur family in 1687.  The walled demesne  near the town was the core of  of their property.  In 1920 the propertry was acquired by the department  of Agriculture for forestry purposes. The remains of  Kilrush house was knocked in 1973 for safety reasons.

In addition to enjoying the walks you can visit the vandeleur centre and enjoy the  walled gardens, coffee shop, gift shop.  On display is the history of the estate with many old photographs from the time.

Kilrush Features

Arboretum, Walking Trails, Access for all,

How do I get there?

From Kilrush take the Killimer  road . About 1 km from town take left and follow signs to Vandeleur gardens . Coillte car park is before you reach the gardens.

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No of car spaces:60
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Contact Info

Contact name:Mark O