This is a beautiful mixed woodland that lies close to the Glenary River, a tributary of the Suir. The main feature of this site is the ruins of the castle that gives the forest its name. It is just 500m from the car park down a mixed woodland trail that leads to the river. It is believed to have been built at some stage during the 1800’s by the Carey family, who were local schoolmasters in the Clonmel area. A number of architectural styles are still evident in the ruined remains, including; Gothic windows, a Celtic round tower, a Norman Keep, and both Romanesque and Gothic arches. The remnants of a walled garden can be found to the southern side of the castle. An ice-house is located just off the trail beyond the castle. This is a stone-lined pit which used to serve as a ‘fridge’ when the castle was inhabited. Carey’s Castle was occupied by monks and up to recent years the ruins of the alms house was still in evidence. A real gem of a site for local historians.
Things to do
Walk: The East Munster Way, a 75 km multi-day long distance walk from Carrick-on-Suir to Clogheen passes through this forest. Look out for the yellow man waymarkers.
Don’t miss our hidden gem
This is a beautiful wooded site within an easy drive of Clonmel town. The appearance of the castle amongst the trees is almost magical. Well worth the effort.