Best trails in Portumna Forest Park, County Galway, Ireland

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Map of trails in Portumna Forest Park, County Galway, Ireland
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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