Golden Grove


4.3km from Roscrea off the N62 Birr Road

Site Description

This wood is formerly part of the Lloyd-Paisley-Hutchenson-Vaughan Estate, acquired by the State in the early 1940's. This is reputed to be the site where the last act of cannibalism took place in this country, hence the name Cnoc na Meas or the Hill of the Banquet.

It is part of an old woodland site on mineral soil over limestone. From the car park, there is a beautiful view of the countryside. The main tree species in this wood  are  Beech, Scot's Pine, Ash and Norway Spruce. There is an abundance of animal and birdlife here. The most striking aspect of the flora is the profusion of bluebells that carpet a large area of the woodland in the spring. The Golden Grove River is to the south-east of the car park.

While there are no waymarked trails in Orange Hill Wood, the loop of forest road and paths does provide a very pleasant walk.

Golden Grove Features

Car Parking, Walking Trails,

How do I get there?

From Roscrea, take the N62 road for Birr. After 3.2km, you will see Drumakeenan school on the right. Take this right turn and continue on past a small school car park on the left hand side of the road. You will continue on down this road for 1.1km until you see a sign on left hand side for Orange Hill Wood. There is limited parking here.

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No of car spaces:6
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Contact Info

Contact name:John Connolly