Derrycassin Woods

Derrycassin Woods in Dring, County Longford.

The Trail
Derrycassin Wood is scenically located on the shores of Lough Gowna in Dring, County Longford.  The forest covers an area of 179 acres and consists of three recommended walks, the Nature Trail, the Walled Garden Walk and the Main Avenue Walk. Signposting  onsite directs the walkers on the various routes but the visitor is welcome to explore and create their own walking route. There are a variety of tree species, wild flowers and fungi to admire although what you find will depend on the time of year you visit. There are interesting low linear hills that date back to the ice age and also the remains of a rath or ringforth dated between 500-1500 AD.

History & Info
Derrycassin Woods were once part of a larger estate that belonged to the Dopping Heppenstall family. Derrycassin House was built in 1760 and at the time boasted beautiful walled gardens and an orchard which supplied the main house with fruit and vegetables.Unfortunately the house no longer exists, but an afternoon spent walking the woods and taking in the splendid views of the lovely Lough Gowna transports the visitor back in time as many of the tracks are broadly the same as those used by the original owners.The lands of Derrycasin were acquired by the forestry department in the 1960’s and are now managed as a commercial forest by Coillte.

Directions: From Longford take the R194 (signposted Granard) to Ballinalee. Take the first turn  left after the village of Ballinalee (signposted Mullinaghta) and travel for c.9 kilometres. You will pass Lough Gowna on the left. Take the next left turn, signposted Derrycassin Wood Walks. Pass the football pitch on the left and you will see the entrance to Derrycassin Woods.

Map of Derrycassin Woods

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County Longford Tourism Office Market Square, Longford, Ireland    Phone: +353 (0)43 33 42577 +353 (0)85 8888876    Email: info@longfordtourism.ie