To visit Glengarra is a real treat. This former demesne woodland has many exotic tree and shrub species that make a visit here memorable. Impressive specimen trees of Californian sequoia, Bhutan pine, Wellingtonia or Giant sequoia, yew and Monterey cypress stand tall within easy access of the main car park and forest road. There is a closed canopy of exotic rhododendron over the main access road that flowers in the early summer and is worth a visit to see in itself. Many of these trees and plants would have been brought back by members of the Shanbally Estate after their overseas ‘Grand Tour’ during the days of the big house.
The Burncourt river divides the woodland as it flows through. It provides water for a local public water scheme. Two footbridges facilitate access to both sides of the wood for walkers. Highly recommended is an amble up to the northern end of Glengarra, where Viscount Lismore erected a lodge, known as the Mountain Lodge during the nineteenth century. This stunning hunting and fishing lodge is sited in a beautiful location. It is currently being restored through the efforts of the local Burncourt community.
Glengarra also hosts one of the Millennium Project sites, where a tree was planted for each household in Ireland to mark the transition into the new millennium.
Well worth a visit.
Things to do
Walk: There are two waymarked walking trails in these woods. The Loop Walk (2 kms, 1 hour, easy) is a great introduction to Glengarra for all ages, taking in some of the magnificent specimen trees around the car park, crossing the Burncourt river and into a beautiful stand of Scot’s Pine, our native conifer species. The longer Millennium Trail (7 kms, 2.5 hours, moderate) is particularly beautiful and has many interesting features, including old forest tracks, an enclosed exotic rhododendron canopy, the Mountain Lodge, Galty views and the Burncourt River.
Explore nature: A great site to visit to see various species of exotic conifers, especially evident around the main car park.
Don’t miss our hidden gem
Glengarra and the area around it have a host of beautiful buildings and features from bygone days that warrant exploration. Kilcornan Lodge, the site of Galty Castle, the old schoolhouse in Skeheenaranky and indeed the Mountain Lodge in Glengarra itself are all of interested.
Visitors Facilities on site