Derrycassan was home to the Dopping Hepenstall families up until the mid 1900’s, when the lands were acquired by the forestry department who planted it to form Derrycassin Wood.
A three storey mansion with walled gardens was unfortunately demolished in 1939 and the stones were used to build a new church in the village. The foundations and some of the walls of the walled garden and stone bridges are still visible today.
There are also the remains of a “Rath” in this wood, which would have been a dwelling place of some of the earliest inhabitants of this area.
There are 20 different tree species in this woodland, Sitka spruce is most prevalent, but also Norway spruce, Douglas fir, alder, ash, oak, beech, Western hemlock and Western red cedar. Other flora includes bluebells, rhododendron, laurel, holly, elderberry and periwinkles along the river bank.
Derrycassan Wood hugs the shoreline of Lough Gowna and is a perfect place for a leisurely amble through the forest and along the lakeshore. There are lovely walks to choose from, which bring you along the river, by the lakeshore and through the lovely native flora and fauna. There is also a picnic area and several viewing points by the lake.
There are three suggested walks in the wood, the “Nature trail”, the “Walled Garden Walk” and the “Main Avenue Walk”.
Things to do
Walk: Main avenue walk is 3.2 Km, the nature trail is 1.2 Km and the walled garden loop is 2.3 Km.
Picnic:Enjoy a picnic by the lake edge.
Don’t miss our hidden gem
Scenic views over Lough Gowna.