Foynes is a pocket of mixed woodland of just over 17 acres located on the banks of the majestic River Shannon. The woodland once formed a mere fragment of the 6,500 acres of the Monteagle Estate, the main family seat being at nearby Mount Trenchard. Remnants of the estate days can still be observed within the property to this day in the form of the old carriage paths, stone walls and the Lady’s Gate at the Eastern access point to the property.
Foynes is linked to the transatlantic flying boats that landed here around the time of World War II. Luminaries passing through on these sea planes included Charles Lindberg and Eleanor Roosevelt. It is also a deep-water seaport, one of the busiest ports in Ireland with container ships being offloaded by huge cranes.
Although relatively small, this is a unique site that offers the visitor a great opportunity to take some time out and soak up what nature has to offer.
Things to do
Walk: There are some twisty paths to explore that offer fantastic views out over the estuary. Shoreline access is waymarked.
Picnic: The picnic area which is just beside the parking lay-by and includes a special adapted picnic table for wheelchairs.
Fish: Check locally for advice on permits and licenses.
Scenic drive: The N69 is a beautiful coast route taking in Loughill and Glin offering everything from medieval heritage to outdoor adventure.
Explore nature: For the nature enthusiast, the range of tree species includes; beech, sycamore, birch, Douglas Fir and Scot's Pine. From Poultallin Point scan the waters for bottle-nosed dolphins Tursiops truncatus and otters Lutra lutra.
Don’t miss our hidden gem
Foynes is deceptive, although small, this forest punches way above its weight with such close proximity to the Shannon.