Cratloe Wood


Cratloe, Co. Clare.

Site Description

Cratloe Wood Car Park and Picnic Site is located adjacent to Cratloe  village and on the western side Cratloe  Forest property which is over 700 Hectares in extent. It overlooks the Estuary of the river Shannon which is the longest river in Ireland and Great Britain. The Galtee  Mountains in Co. Tipperary can be seen to the east, the Ballyhoura  Mountains in North Cork to the south and Shannon Airport to the west.

The geology of the area is Old Red Sandstone. The main tree species are Sitka and Norway Spruce, Larches, Pines with Oak, Beech and Birch being the main broadleaf species and naturally regenerating Holly and Rowan. This area is synonymous with Oak. It is said that as far back as the 9th century invading kings from Ulster took back sufficient Oak to roof their palaces near Derry. It is also on record that the House of Parliament in London was roofed with Cratloe  Oak. On the O`Brien Estate nearby there is a stand of Oak which was planted in 1777. In Coillte's regeneration plans priority is given to the planting of Oak where ground conditions are suitable. The main fauna of the area are Foxes, Red Squirrels, Badgers with Woodcock and Pheasants being the main bird species.

The walking trail from the car park is about 2 Kms long but there is an extensive road network throughout the rest of the wood; so many hours can be passed away here. .5Km in from the Car park Gorteen Lake is to the left. It is about 2.5 Hectares in extent and is inhabited by duck and waterfowl. There is also a picnic site with tables.

Cratloe Wood Features

Picnic Site, Walking Trails, Playground,

How do I get there?

Take the N18 from Limerick towards Ennis/Galway. After approximately 10kms take a left exit for Cratloe village on to the overpass and continue for 1km into the village. Cratloe Wood Car Park is signposted from there, a distance of approximately 2kms.

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No of car spaces:50
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Contact Info

Contact name:Mark O