Explore our Recreation Sites!

Welcome to Ireland’s biggest outdoor playground. It boasts one million acres of lush forests, wild bogs, magical mountains, flowing rivers, and beautiful beaches - all waiting to be enjoyed and explored!

So get out and discover the fun of the forest!

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.


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!


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.

Adverse Weather Warning

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.


We run three high potential businesses, Forestry, Land Solutions and Medite Smartply, which delivered earnings (EBITDA) of €66 million and Operating Cash of €24 million in 2020.


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