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14 Of The Most Breathtaking Irish Forests To Lose Yourself In

By clodagh

July 17, 2019 at 4:28pm

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The idea of getting in your car, only to leave its comfy interiors to go for a walk, can be less than desirable, I know.

But all that changes when you go for a walk in a forest. Maybe it's the height of the trees that make you feel small and hidden, or it's the crunch of the leaves as you dodge each branch that makes a walk in a forest more tranquil and enjoyable than any other.

We've rounded up some of the best forests that make you feel like you're a million miles from home, and who will leave you wandering happily around for hours.

1. Bonny Glen Wood, Donegal

Take your pick from having a wander around the trees, eating a picnic or just sitting by one of the three lakes inside this peaceful sanctuary.

 

 

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2. Avondale Forest Park, Wicklow

Nature lovers will be in their element in this 500-acre forest park, complete with intertwining walking routes and picnic spots. Divine.

 

 

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3. Castlewellan Forest Park, Down

This forest park is home to one of the world's largest hedge mazes, so you can possibly get very lost in this one.

 

 

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4. Derrycarne Wood, Cavan

Forget about work for a while as you take a leisurely stroll along the banks of Lough Boderg.

 

 

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5. Donadea Forest Park, Kildare

After your stroll around this park looking at the remains of a castle, you can pop into the cafe for a pick-me-up.

 

 

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6. Gragan's Wood, Clare

This forest is located in the Burren, so you're getting two for the price of one when you visit here.

 

 

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7. Tawnyard, Mayo

Before you get lost in this forest area, don't forget to take in the views of the stunning Sheeffry Hills.

 

 

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8. Gougane Barra Forest Park, Cork

You can hike the nearby Sheehy mountains, or simply sit and look at the views of the lake.

 

 

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9. Bailieborough, Cavan

In this gorgeous forest, you will be accompanied by views of the lake throughout your whole walk.

 

10. Clogrennane Wood, Carlow

Test out your nature skills as you try and tell the Beech tree from the Oak in this park.

 

 

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11. Portumna Forest Park, Galway

This one has a duck pond. Need I say more?

 

 

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12. Glenshalane Forest Trails, Waterford

Take your pick from the three walking routes available, but you're guaranteed a gorgeous riverside walk either way.

 

 

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13. Glengarra Wood, Tipperary

Walk through the Millennium Forest eating your avocado toast like the millennium you are.

 

14. Glengarriff Wood, Cork

Immerse yourself in nature as you follow thenature trails through this glorious wooded area in Cork.

 

 

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