Best trails in Portumna, County Galway

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Map of trails in Portumna, County Galway
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#1 - Portumna Forest Park Circular
Portumna Forest Park
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 4 h 23 m
Great lakeshore views and quiet wooded glades await discovery through multi-access trails open to walkers and cyclists. The name Portumna derives from the Gaelic 'Port Omna' meaning the landing place of the oak tree. Portumna Forest Park covers almost 450 hectares and was formerly owned by the Clanrickarde family. There is an old abbey, now under the care of the Office of Public Works (OPW), within the Park which dates back to the 15th century. The castle nearby, on which considerable restoration work has been carried out by the OPW, dates back to the 17th century and was the seat of the Earl of Clanrickarde. The forest has many habitats from lakeshore to turlough. The main conifer tree species include Scots pine, Sitka spruce, Norway spruce, Douglas fir and larch. A programme is in place to replace recently felled trees with native oak-ash-hazel woodland under the Native Woodland Scheme. A notable feature of the park is the presence of yew and juniper in open woodland along the lake shore. The park fauna includes a large population of fallow deer while other animal species include pine marten, fox and badger. The red squirrel still has a stronghold in the park and there is also a large inland colony of cormorants nesting in one of the islands. There are 4 looped trails in the Park. Show more
#2 - Lough Derg By Canoe
Portumna, County Galway, Ireland
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Length: 66.6 mi • Est. Multi-day
Grab a paddle and explore Lough Derg by canoe! The Shannon Region is an ideal destination for canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts with the River Shannon and its magnificent Lough Derg Lake providing two fantastic canoeing trails; a 10km trail from O'Briensbridge to Limerick City and an 93km trail stretching all the way from Portumna in County Galway to the twin towns of Killaloe/Ballina on the Clare/Tipperary border. This longer trail can also be divided into a number of shorter routes which are ideal for novice paddlers. The River Shannon and Lough Derg are areas rich in history and heritage. Lough Derg's shores have been settled since prehistoric times and its channel has been part of one of Ireland's oldest routes. In early medieval times, hermits, heroes, soldiers, raiders, and pilgrims, all travelled along this 'highway' from the Atlantic Ocean to the Irish midlands. Today's travellers along the Shannon Region's canoe trails can continue to explore its famous castles, tower houses, ancient ruins, monasteries, churches and other ecclesiastical treasures. As well as this the legacy of nineteenth century commercial activity on the lake, steam navigation, and barge traffic also remain alive in story and legend. The area provides rich habitats for diverse flora and fauna. Lough Derg's northern shores are particularly rich in flora species as the limestone underfoot provides suitable soils. Here the Irish fleabane, unknown elsewhere in Ireland or Britain, flourishes on some rocky shores and islands during July and August. A variety of plants can be seen including water lilies, hemp agrimony of the reedbeds, the rushes, grasses and sedges of the fens, and buckthorn, dogwood, spindle and Irish whitebeam of the rocky shores. Most of Ireland's larger wild animals can also be found around Lough Derg. Some like the rabbit, hare, grey squirrel, stoat and mink are active during the day; others like the hedgehog, badger, otter like the night. The fox is most often seen at dawn or dusk. And in the woody shores of western Lough Derg the pine marten seems to be growing in numbers. The Shannon system is unequalled in Europe for the quality of its birdlife and Lough Derg shares in this distinction, having permanent residents and summer or winter visitors in its relatively undisturbed habitats. The coot, moorhen, grebe, duck, heron, gull, kingfisher, cormorant, bunting and of course the mute swans are among the permanent Shannon birds. In terms of the summer visitors warblers, swifts, swallows and house martins remain widespread. The Shannon Region canoe trails offer you adventure, a good workout, an insight into Irish heritage as well as a unique view of the wilderness.Show more