Newcastle Woods

Newcastlewoods near Ballymahon, County Longford.

The Trail
Newcastle Wood is located in Newcastle, Ballymahon, Co.Longford. This  forest is a Coillte owned semi-mature mixed woodland of 325 hectares that extends to both sides of the River Inny, a main tributary of the River Shannon.There are 28 kilometres of forest roads, trails and walkways ranging in length from the 400 meter Access for All Walk to the 5km Church Walk.  There is also a surfaced walk down along the River Inny and a half mile of wheelchair accessible pathways though the wood, along with picnic and car parking areas. Signage provides an interpretation of the woods diverse flora and fauna. Walkers can meander at a leisurely pace through the diverse ecological woodland while enjoying the tranquillity and wilderness effect of the forest canopy.

History & Info
Newcastle Wood was once part of the Newcastle Demense, an estate owned and run by the King-Harmon family in the 1800’s. Newcastle House has recently been restored to it’s former glory and is run as a hotel. The grounds are used as the location for many special events throughout the year. The River Inny below Newcastle bridge is renowned for it’s rapids and is popular for canoeing, kayaking and other water sporting activities.

Directions: From Longford take the R397 to Main Street, Ballymahon and turn left. Between the River Inny and an old church, there is a narrow side road. Follow this carefully for c.2 kilometres to a T junction beside Newcastle Bridge. On the far side of the road you will find a small car parkand picnic area.

Map of Newcastle Wood Walks.

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