Foxford , Co.Mayo

Site Description

Originally a broadleaved plantation, the trees were felled to fuel Foxford Woolen Mills during World War 1. The area was then sold to the Department of Lands for forestry, planted during the 1930s, harvested during the 1980s and then replanted.

The R318 road passes between the area and the lake shore of Lough Cullin. The lakeshore is used as a recreational resource as there are extensive areas of lake shore sand close to car parking areas.  The site is part of the locality which inspired the Foxford born poet and theatre director F.R.Higgins (1896 - 1941) who is commemorated by a stone with inscription opposite the forest entrance.  

The forest roads provide about four kilometres of enjoyable woodland walks during which you will observe a mixture of coniferous and broadleaf trees including some of our native species of ash, holly and hazel. Fauna which may be seen in the area include baggers and hares and, by the lakeshore, otters. The Foxford Way, a national Waymarked Way, passes through the north eastern end of the forest.

Drummin Features

Picnic Site, Walking Trails,

How do I get there?

Having crossed the bridge at Foxford  turn left, take the R 318 to Lough Cullin (3km) The forest entrance is on your right.

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Contact Info

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