Dooneen Wood - Castleisland *

The origin of the townland name is the "small fort". Dooneen has a forest area of some 53 ha. First planted in the early sixties most of it is now in its second rotation. The forest comprises mainly Sitka spruce, with some stands of ash, birch and a sprinkling of alder. The main feature in this site is the car park and picnic area which is neatly set among semi mature beech and young poplar trees. This is accessed by a looped road of some 250 meters long. From the picnic site take a rough path through young Sitka spruce trees for 100 meters which joins up with the forest road. From here one has a trail of about 1 km through thicket stage spruce with a nice sprinkling of birch and alder trees pushing their heads above the spruce. If you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of a fox or a badger as you ramble along through the spruces. If you are taking a hike through Dooneen strong footwear is recommended as some uneven ground and shallow drains have to be dealt with.


Located 3.5 Km's north east of Castleisland. From Castleisland take the N21 (road to Limerick), travel 3.5 km's to a car park (road entrance) on the left. Take care crossing the road as traffic is quite heavy on the N 21.


Ordnance Survey Ireland Discovery Series: Number 72

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* Text; courtesy of Coillte Outdoors.


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