3½ km north west of Glengarriff village.

Site Description

Pooleen derives its name from the Irish 'An Poillín' which means a small lake or pool.  This refers to the impressive pool that was carved out by the Glengarriff river that flows through the wood.  The sounds and energy created by the water at this pool are impressive.  This area of woodland, approx. 80 ha, is part of the greater Glengarriff demesne most of which now belongs to the National Parks and Wildlife Service ( NPWS ) who manage it as a Nature Reserve. Part of Coillte's property and all of the NPWS property make up the greater part of the Glengarriff Woodland Special Area of Conservation ( SAC ). The  indigenous Sesile oak here is rated second only in importance to the Killarney  Oak.

The entire woodland, located in a deep glacial valley has a mild oceanic climate  providing conditions for luxuriant growth of vegetation including many Mediterranean and Lusitanian species. Six of the species of bats are present in the glen.

Conifers planted in the late 50's have now been nearly all clearfelled  and restocking is taking place through natural regeneration of the oaks, birch, sally and alder. Planting with Scots pine and other broadleaves is taking place in areas outside the SAC.

From the car park and picnic site a trail runs along parallel to the bank of the river through a small area of Sitka spruce and Western hemlock. This opens out through open space and on through an area where natural regeneration of the oaks are taking place. Across the river is a fine stretch of riparian woodland of alder, sallies and birch. The trail wanders along by the river bank and up on to the public road where one can loop back to the car park. This trail and loop along the public road is about 2 km and would take approx. 45 mins to stroll at one's leisure. The trail would be rated as easy with no steep gradients. For the more adventurous there is a ford across the river and a forest road of 0.6 km. From the road end a rough track meanders through the recently replanted wood and catches up with the river again. Rubber boots are recommended for this trip.

From Pooleen one can walk or drive back towards the N71 and into the car park in NPWS property. From this point there are over 8 km of woodland trails to be explored.

Pooleen Features

Car Parking, Picnic Site, Walking Trails,

How do I get there?

From Glengarriff village take the N71 towards Kenmare. After 1 km pass a "gate lodge" on the left and take the next left. Travel 2½km to lay by and car park on the left.

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No of car spaces:12
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Contact Info

Contact name:Liam O' Regan
Contact email:liam.oregan@coillte.ie