This productive forest, located on the Iveragh Peninsula is just 185 hectares in size. It is tucked in between two low lying hills, Slievagh & Castlequin. The views en route from Cahirciveen out to Kimego are simply stunning and include; Dingle Bay, the wild Atlantic ocean & Coonanna Harbour.
Sitka spruce is the main trees species here although a good portion of Eucalyptus is also present. Eucalyptus will mainly be used for biomass. There are over 800 species of Eucalyptus worldwide, Eucalyptus nitens being planted here in Kimego.
Historically, the Sliabh Each Peat Works operated on this site in the 1800’s. A tower and old ruined walls can be seen clearly beside the waymarked trail if you choose to do the looped walk. The Chough Pyrrochorax pyrrochorax has been recorded in the wood and is also known to have nested in the old tower. The wood can also provide welcome cover for wintering casual birds, who become blown off course whilst migrating.
Things to do
Walk: The Kimego Loop (3.5km, 1 hour, moderate) is an interesting loop that takes in the tower of the Sliabh Peat Works and offers the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent views that this forest offers.
Don't miss our hidden gem
The route out from the town to Kimego is worthwhile in itself in terms of stunning landscape & views.