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Forests for People

Coillte is Ireland’s largest provider of outdoor recreation with 260 recreational forests nationwide, including 3,000km of way marked walking trails, 12 forest parks and six mountain bike centres. Recreational maps are available at each site and can be downloaded here.

We have an open forest policy which means all walkers are free to visit any of our forests according to the Leave No Trace principles.

Coillte’s lands have been used by communities and businesses to develop and support local and community infrastructure from sports clubs to wind farms and other recreation facilities.

Coillte’s new forestry strategic vision aims to enable the creation of 1,200 direct and indirect new jobs in rural communities to support the just transition to a low carbon economy in Ireland.

 

Forests for People

COILLTE'S FUTURE AMBITIONS AIM TO:

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Enable the investment of €100 million in world-class visitor destinations to support growth in tourism and recreation by 2030

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Double the number of recreation areas to 500, to benefit local communities and people’s wellbeing

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Enable the creation of 1,200 new jobs in rural communities to support the just transition to a low carbon economy

did you know?

Visitor numbers to our forests are increasing

Visitor numbers to our forests are increasing

Coillte’s visitor numbers to some of its most popular recreational forests have doubled to tripled in recent years

Forest walks are good for you

Forest walks are good for you

Studies have shown that walking in forests helps improve our overall wellbeing

There is a national network of mountain bike centres

There is a national network of mountain bike centres

Coillte has developed six world class mountain bike centres in counties Sligo, Galway, Laois/Offaly, Dublin, Wicklow and Limerick

Avondale forest park is being redeveloped

Avondale forest park is being redeveloped

Coillte and Fáilte Ireland are redeveloping Avondale Forest Park, County Wicklow, into a new iconic visitor destination due to open in Summer 2022

Guidelines on access to Coillte Forests

All access to our forests is by permission only. Individuals are welcome to walk in all forests and to cycle only on routes waymarked for cycling. All other access requires a permit (motorised, horse-back, all organised and charitable events, any guiding or teaching or coaching activities which are part of your business, etc).

Keep an eye out for signs where we might be working in the forest - we will usually show you an alternate route for your walk or cycle.

We want you to have a great time exploring our forests, but we do expect you to look out for your own safety and respect other users of the forest.
Guidelines on access to Coillte Forests

Activities

Many precious memories have been made walking magical forests trails with family and friends. Today our forests offer far more than walking. You can whiz down challenging biking trails, canopy climb through trees and sneak unforgettable birds-eye views, camp under the starry sky, or explore the rich plant and animal life. Check out all our forests have to offer here – and pick something that suits you!

Attractions

Come and join us for a unique, exhilarating and fun-filled day out at one of our spectacular 260 recreation sites around Ireland.

Permits & Licences

Some activities you want to enjoy on our lands may need a permit. All access on horse-back and all motorised access requires a permit. Check the details here and apply for your permit online.

Annual Card

We charge a car-parking fee at some of our recreational forests. You can buy an annual card here which can be used at all sites.

Events and Updates

In heavy snow/ice conditions, we may have to close some car-parks and recreation sites, at short notice.
In a 'Red' Wind warning, you should not enter any forest area.

We will keep you updated on closures on our Events and Updates page.