Lickeen is situated on the Iveragh Peninsula in the very picturesque Glencar Valley. Blackstones Bridge, a local landmark is just a short stroll up the road. The area falls within the SAC or Special Area of Conservation of the Caragh River Catchment. It is one of the most important salmonid rivers in the South West of Ireland and is a very popular salmon and trout fishing destination. The woodland itself was once part of the Lansdowne Estate and is classified as old woodland. Caragh Lake is in the vicinity as are the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, of which there are many opportunities to get great views of from the picnic area.
Things to do
Walk: There are three looped waymarked trails to help you explore the wood. Castle Rock Loop (2.0km, 1 hour, strenuous, green) will guide you through the forest, climbing to about 90m before you descend into an atmospheric ravine before continuing back on forest roads to the trailhead. Lickeen Loop (2.2km 1 hour, moderate, blue) takes in the landmark of Blackstones Bridge before leading you along a trail adjacent to the Caragh River before looping back via the Wood. The Kerry LIFE Loop (3.1km, 1½ hours, strenuous, purple) is the wider loop that incorporates the best bits of the above. The EU LIFE Project LIFE13 NAT/IE/000144 – LIFE Kerry – Sustainable land use management for the conservation of the freshwater pearl mussel is on-going in this area.
The iconic Kerry Way (214km, 9 days, strenuous, yellow) also passes through Lickeen.
Fish: Check locally regarding permits and licenses.
Scenic drive: The driving routes in this part of Kerry are widely regarded as having some of the most beautiful scenery in the country.
Don’t miss our hidden gem
Lickeen and the surrounding area is breathtakingly beautiful. You will not be disappointed.