Kilkea, Co. Kildare
Mullaghreelan Wood is a picturesque old woodland estate that offers the visitor a very unique forest experience. The wood has an extensive network of forest roads and trails which can cater for both the casual stroller or the nature walker. The wood adjoins Kilkea castle, which was built in 1180 AD by Hugh de Lacey for Walter de Riddlesford after the invasion of Ireland by Strongbow. Kilkea was also the birthplace of St. Laurence O" Toole who was Archbishop of Dublin in the 12th century. His heart is preserved in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.
The wood encircles a hill top rath which overlooks Kilkea castle and offers excellent views westward over the rolling landscape of east Laois. The rath probably precedes the castle and was the site of the discovery of a Middle Bronze Age Urn in the 19th century.
The wood has two way-marked trails and numerous unmarked trails throughout. The most popular walk is to the top of the rath, which is 140 metres above sea level, for a look over the countryside. The walk to the top of the rath will involve an ascent of 50 metres, but is well worth it. Some of the walks are quite steep and not all the tracks are gravelled so bring appropriate footwear to suit the terrain.
Mullaghreelan wood is an old woodland site and has a rich diversity of flora and fauna. There is a wide range of tree species including oak, ash, beech, spruce, pine and firs. The vegetation is typical of all old woodland estates and includes bluebells, buttercups, lords and ladies, holly, ivy and ferns. A wide range of animals can be found here including badgers, foxes, grey squirrels and many bird species.
Mullaghreelan Wood FeaturesPicnic Site, Walking Trails,
How do I get there?Mullaghreelan wood is situated south east of Athy town on the Athy-Castledermot road (R418). The R418 is situated on the Dublin side of the town and when approaching from Dublin, the turn for Castledermot will be on the left. Mullaghreelan Wood is 12 km from Athy and is 2 km from Kilkea village. Kilkea village is on the Athy side of the wood.
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|No of car spaces:||20|
|Car park opens:||9am|
|Car park closes:||9pm|
|Contact name:||Barry Coad|