After exiting the car park/picnic area go left at the fork on the road. Turn right after 150 metres on to a walking track. On the left for the next 800 metres are stands of Japanese Larch/ Beech, Sitka Spruce/Western Red Cedar and Douglas Fir of varying ages. On the right you are looking down over the road to the Mountain Lodge( An Oige Hostel ) and the Burncourt river. Present here are many old Scots Pine trees, Oak, parts covered with Rhododendron and one large Sequoiadendron ( Redwood ). This brings you to one section of the Millennium Forest which is planted mainly with Oak. The track then joins the road that leads to the Lodge. The river and the main section of the Millennium Forest are on your right hand side.
As you near the hostel there is a stand of Oak up on the steep bank on your left and as you cross over the bridge there are some old Cedars on the way into the hostel. When you continue on the trail after the hostel you enter the Millennium Forest through a gate or over a stile and after 300 metres you exit again. From here to the ford on the river and after for about 1 Km there are crops of Spruce and Larch of varying ages to your left (the Millennium Forest is still on your right).
At the end of the Millennium Forest follow the trail to the left down by mature Scots Pine , Larch and Norway Spruce stands arriving at a timber summer house at a bridge which brings you back to the hostel road again. This road leads back down to the car park/picnic area again.
This is an excellent walk. It has a great variety of trees, shrubs and wildlife. There are also a number of viewing points and seats to rest on along the trail.
Note: From the top of this trail, there is a mountain access route to Galtymore Mountain. It is not the traditional route to Galtymore but is used by some hikers nonetheless. Do not attempt this access route unless you are a skilled outdoor hiker and have excellent navigation skills. There are no waymarkers or aids to navigation along the way. It is exposed and very remote.
|Trail Name:||Millennium Trail|
|Recreation Site:||Glengarra [view site]|
|Trail Start Point:||Car Park|
|Degree of Difficulty:||Moderate View Trail Grade Definitions|
|Attributes:||Loop Trail (Returns to Starting Point)|
|Finish Point:||Car Park|
|Trail Way marking:||green|