Portumna Forest Park Circular

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Portumna Forest Park

Portumna Forest Park Circular is a 9.3 mile loop trail located near Portumna, County Galway, Ireland that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

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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.

Watch out for signal signs along the way giving you more information about local fauna and flora and cultural features within the Park. All the trails are dual use for both walking and cycling.

Leaving Portumna, on the R352 heading towards Mountshannon, the park entrance is 1km from the town on the left hand side. The trailhead is located in the car-park which is 1km inside the park gates. Picnic facilities are also located in this area.

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Dainius Dainius
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Dainius Dainius
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Catriona Delahunty
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Lovely forest and many trails about to make a long 11-15km walk/run or as short as 5km.Love coming out here and plenty wildlife if your lucky to catch a glimpse of the deer/squirrel. Pity so many trees were damaged by the bad weather. The trail can bring you through tracked trails and through forest and by the water and also out but Portumna house and gardens

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Sarah Coote
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Very badly signed posted , had to use my phone to get around , very disappointing walk

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Ilze Šantare
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John & Sue Lally
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Jack Cronin
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Ergo Kannikka
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Conor O Callaghan
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Ethan Kerin
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Ilze Šantare
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Ergo Kannikka
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Andrzej Kowalski
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A lot of damage in the forest, I think it was after the last storm

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Dave Creaven
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Signage could have been better loved the trail, its tough but worth it.

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Dave Creaven
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Corinna Schellander
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Dianna Dia
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Amazing walk.. with incredible viewing points

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jacqueline bryce
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Lovely family walk with grandparents and kids, we did the 2km walk blue route picnic tables there

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Evangelos Malovrouvas
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Excellent place for biking

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Corinna Schellander
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This is the most beautiful trail! It is 15k with no uphill bits. Stunning forest trails, parts along the ocean, and we've even seen deer each time. :) This is true nature immersion. We came after 6pm and only saw a couple of other people, so we mostly had the whole forest to ourselves. I recommend downloading the trail map for the first time you do it as it is too easy to get lost. The trail is not always marked and we would have never managed to stay on it without the map. The map was super accurate and the app even sent a push notification as soon as we went off trail, within 10 meters.

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Frank Doyle
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Great trail full of big trees that my sons loved climbing also plenty of picnic seats we had a great time there

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Andrew Wakeman
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1) Don't be put off by the distance, there are many paths in the park and you could do 1km or 20km without much doubling back. We walked through the beech grove to the loop around Bonaveen point which was about 7km. 2) This is a perfect opportunity to stretch your legs on the road from Dublin to Galway. I highly recommend it. There is a field around the car park to play with the kids. Peaceful walks around the park are abundant as well if you need to get away. We saw 2 other parties over 2 hours of walking on a Sunday afternoon. 3) I would rate the walk easy. There is not much change in elevation and the paths are all paved with gravel or asphalt; there is little danger of losing your way. If you are looking for the authentic wilderness experience though, look elsewhere. 4) The toilets at the trail head needed some maintenance at the time I was there.

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Anto Woods
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very nice peaceful walk.

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Andrea Santos Quintana
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Elena Chepukova
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James Goldman
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Ryan Nguyen
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Alexandru Manea
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MK Khan
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Amanda McNamara
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