Ballygamboon

Location

10 Km's south of Tralee on the N70 to Killorglin

Site Description

Ballygamboon is located on the eastern end of the Sliabh Mish mountains just where rough pastures meet up with rich farmland. The wood has a southerly aspect with commanding views of the river Maine and a huge area of rich flat farmland below. If you are lucky with the weather you can see Kerry Airport and the village of Farranfore to the east while looking west Castlemaine harbour and Cromane point come into view. Look to the south and the Magillycuddy's Reeks are there in all their splendour with the village of Castlemaine in the foreground.

A quarry which once supplied stone for the adjacent road construction has now been incorporated into the car park and picnic site complex. A trail leads from the car park up through mature Sitka spruce and Noble fir and out into a large area of young spruce and larch trees. The young trees afford the trekker unimpeded views of the valley below and the panorama of mountain, sea and farmland. This trail rises to almost 200 meters over sea level. It is a steady pull all the way up. It's a linear trail ( you have to come back the same way you went up) of about 1.7 Km's. In dry weather runners or walking shoes are fine but if it is raining more robust footwear is recommended. There are 2 distinct viewing points along the way.

The predominant tree species here is Sitka spruce, with Japanese larch and a scattering of broadleaves, mainly our native birch and ash. The undergrowth and sides of the trail consists mainly of Purple Moor grass, Ling heather and Bilberry (Frauchan). The adjoining Sliabh Mish mountains have been designated a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) due to their importance as a European dry heath  and also as a habitat for the rare Killarney fern.

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Ballygamboon Features

Car Parking, Picnic Site, Walking Trails,

How do I get there?

From Tralee take the N70  towards Killorglin, travel 11 Km's to the forest entrance and car park on your right. Be careful crossing as it is near a bend on a busy road. From Killorglin, take the N70, go through the villages of  Milltown and Castlemaine, 5 Km's beyond Castlemaine the entrance and car park is on the left.

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Parking

No of car spaces:10
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Contact Info

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