Raheens Wood


This Site Is located approx 4 km of west of Castlebar on the Newport road.

Site Description

Raheens  Wood is a woodland of circa 33.0 hectares of which 23.5 is classified as old woodland dating back to around 1840. The wood is considered to be a very good example of  a semi-natural woodland, and one of the best examples of native woodland habitat in the general area . The dominant tree species are, Hazel, and Birch with occasional Ash, Oak, Rowan, Grey willow and Alder. Also evident is coppicing of hazel carried out many years ago.
The ground layer throughout contains a large and wide variety of species. The vegetation is dominated by greater woodrush, bracken, bramble, wood avens, wood sedge, ivy, briar, mosses and lichens. Also present is enchanters nightshade and herb Robert which is conspicuous along the trail corridor. Two noteworthy plant species are found growing within the site namely red campion (Silene dioica) and the lichen lungwort (Lobraria pulmonaria). These two species are relatively uncommon in County Mayo, and indicate the area is a long established native woodland  of high ecological value.

Raheens Wood Features

Walking Trails,

How do I get there?

Take the R 311 from Castlebar for approx 4km. The site and car parking is on the left hand side of the road.

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No of car spaces:20
Parking fee price:None
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Contact Info

Contact name:Joe Finn
Contact email:Joe.finn@coillte.ie