Ballygannon Wood is part of the Wicklow oakwoods, the second largest oak forest in Ireland. It also forms part of the Clara Vale Nature Reserve, The Irish name Baile na gCanonach, means “The town or dwelling of the canons “. The canons – clerics attached to a cathedral – owned land near Rathdrum and had been brought to Dublin by St. Laurence O’ Toole in the 12th century. Ballygannon Wood is one of 16 native woodlands that have been restored. During various times of the year wild honeysuckle, bilberry , primroses, bluebells and violets grow on the forest floor.
This is a millennium forest. For more Information please see signage on site.
Things to do
There are 2 trails which can cater for the casual stroller or the nature enthusiast.
The Green Trail: (0.5 km, 30 mins, Moderate)
The Red Trail (1.5 km, 1.25hrs, Moderate)
Care should be taken when crossing the main road, visiting each side of Ballygannon woods.
During various times of the year wild honeysuckle, bilberry , primroses, bluebells and violets grow on the forest floor. Fauna in the wood includes long-eared owls, woodcocks, red squirrels, badgers and foxes.
Don’t miss our hidden gem
Visit the Millennium oak woodland
Visitors Facilities on site