Curraghchase Forest Park, Limerick
Curraghchase Forest Park
One of my favorite places to visit in the winter months is Curraghchase Forest Park.
Curraghchase Forest Park is the woodland estate and lakes around the shell of the 18th century Curraghchase House, in County Limerick, home of poet Aubrey de Vere. It is now open as a state forest and park.
Originally, the name of the estate was Curragh (meaning bog) before it was changed to Curragh Chase by Sir Aubrey de Vere. Aubrey Thomas de Vere a poet and author, was born at Curragh Chase in 1814. Curragh Chase was acquired in 1957 by the Forestry Division and in the 1970s was established as a forest park.
There are several special areas of conservation in the park and Coillte is currently involved in restoring native woodlands to important sites in the park. There are 313 hectares of mixed woodland, 8km of multi-purpose way-marked trails. There are a number of looped way marked trails in the park to suit all visitors. They vary from the multi-access trails suitable for wheelchair users and family walkers to the longer Curragh and Glenisca trails suitable for those looking for more demanding walking and cycling.
Visitors to the park can also enjoy some other well-known Limerick attractions, such as the turrets and towers of the 19th century castle built by the Earl of Limerick. The little Kiltulla church nearby is said to date from the 9th or 10th centuries. Northwest of Curraghchase House is the ancient Killeen church.
There are also two children’s playgrounds, picnic and barbeque facilities.
Curraghchase Forest Park: Gallery
Beautiful shots Nigel. Haven’t heard of this place before – looks like a great spot. Would love to visit it some time.
December 21, 2014 at 11:02 pm
Hello Aidy 🙂
Thank you 🙂
It on route for us if we go down to west Cork or Kerry , lovely part of the world 🙂
December 23, 2014 at 1:03 pm
One feels there must be a fine history to go with such an imposing grand house Nigel . A great location for photography I can see !
December 22, 2014 at 1:34 pm
Hello Poppy 🙂 🙂
Yes , I bet there is a fascinating one at that , 🙂 🙂
Its a great place to visit , love the woodlands walks 🙂 🙂
December 23, 2014 at 1:06 pm