Mullaghmeen Forest Walk

 Mullaghmeen Forest Park is the largest beech forest plantation in Ireland, on the border of Meath, Westmeath and Cavan. The forest  provides magnificent views north across Lough Sheelin from the summit cairn. 

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."

Henry David Thoreau, Life in the Woods

Features of the walk

  • The Spring display of woodland flowers carpeting the forest floor includes native bluebells, wood anemones, lords and ladies and Wood Sorrel as well as many types of ferns, mosses, lichens and fungi
  • Discover Ireland's native tree species and the folklore that surrounds them in the Native Woodland Arboretum
  • Key out wildflowers using a botanical key
  • Fauna includes grey squirrels, jays, badgers, foxes, pheasant, rabbit and hares, as well as a large selection of song birds
  • The forest has many examples of man’s former impacts on the landscape, including sad reminders of famine times with relic walls of famine fields, a Booley Hut or summer grazing shelter and Flax Pits that were used for the harvesting and curing of flax for the linen industry

Walk Duration

Half day - 3 hours
All walks can be combined with a guided tour of the nearby Loughcrew Cairns conducted by Beyond the Blarney.

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