Tomnafinnoge Woods

Just a couple of miles outside the town of Tinahely, Tomnafinnoge Wood is a special area of conservation. This ancient woodland will bring you back in time. Giant oak trees dominate but you will encounter plenty more trees and plants on these walks. Tomnafinnoge Woods offer three different walks of varying distance. The most popular is the River Walk of 2km (4km both ways). Shorter walks are the Oak Walk, 3.2km, and the Hazel walk, only 1.3km. Both of these walks go around in a loop.

The woods are suitable for all walkers and provide a wonderful amenity for families. The forest itself, and the Derry River which meanders through it, teems with wildlife. Kingfisher, frogs, brown trout, deer and even the elusive Great Spotted Woodpecker can all be heard and seen in the forest.  There is ample car parking and the three trails are clearly signposted. The car park also serves this end of the Railway Walk, a linear walk that takes you 2.3km back towards Tinahely.

Tomnafinnoge is one of the last remaining mature oak plantations in Ireland. The magnificent oaks were planted by the Fitswilliam Estate several hundred years ago and timber from the forest is said to have been used in the construction of Trinity College Dublin, King’s College Cambridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral London. During the 1980s, a public campaign by locals, politicians and artists such as U2’s ‘The Edge’ ensured the survival of the woods from total destruction and the remnants are now protected as a ‘Special Area of Conservation’ owned and maintained by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Views of  Tomnafinnoge Woods

Tomnafinnoge Woods 2

Tomnafinnoge Woods 1

Wild flowers of Tomnafinnoge Wood


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