Aghrane forest (Ballygar) is an old woodland site which was formerly part of the Castle Kelly Estate. The Castlekelly trail is dual purpose family friendly cycle and walking trail. This trail starts in the village and offers views of mixed commercial forest and beautiful parkland trees planted by the old estate. The first few hundred metres is a mixed old woodland of Beech, Scots pine, Ash and Sycamore. The Aghrane walking trail is similar to the Castlekelly trail but on return part of the loop passes close to Aughrim bog Natural heritage Area (NHA no.001227. See www.npws.ie) Trees were removed from part of the bog to return it to its former status as a raised bog habitat. Aughrim Bog is a site of considerable conservation significance comprising as it does a raised bog, a rare habitat in the E.U. and one that is becoming increasingly scarce and under threat in Ireland. This site supports a good diversity of raised bog microhabitats, including hummock/hollow complexes, pools and flushes.

Adjacent to the town of Ballygar.

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