This woodland was once part of the Ffrench estate. The family left it to the Irish Nation on the death of Miss Cathleen Ffrench. One of the main features in the forest is the Ffrench family Mausoleum which is as impressive today as when it was constructed in 1900.
The forest is well served by public roads, and a visit to the well preserved Ice-House is a must as one explores the coniferous areas, liberally interspersed with shady broadleaves.
Things to do
Walk: there are two waymarked trails in the forest. The mass track trail is 1.3 Kms and the historical trail is 1.5 Km in length.
Explore nature: There is a rich understory of briar, fern, ivy, holly and grasses. Take time to observe the abundance of natural regeneration growth of beech, ash, hazel and holly on the forest floor - this is largely due to the amount of light that is able to penetrate through the canopy. -
Don’t miss our hidden gem
Mausoleum and ice house.