Located along the N69 Scenic Route on the banks of the Shannon Estuary is the lovely village of Foynes “The home of the 1st Irish Coffee”.
The little village is quaint and worth walking around and after that take a drive west on the N69 for stunning views of the Shannon.
- Coillte Wood – Foynes wood is a pocket of mixed woodland of just over 17 acres located on the banks of the majestic River Shannon. The woodland once formed a mere fragment of the 6,500 acres of the Monteagle Estate, the main family seat being at nearby Mount Trenchard. Remnants of the estate days can still be observed within the property to this day in the form of the old carriage paths, stone walls and the Lady’s Gate at the Eastern access point to the property.
There are some twisty paths to explore that offer fantastic views out over the estuary. The picnic area which is just beside the parking lay-by , includes a special adapted picnic table for wheelchairs.
For the nature enthusiast, the range of tree species includes; beech, sycamore, birch, Douglas Fir and Scot’s Pine. From Poultallin Point scan the waters for bottle-nosed dolphins Tursiops truncatus and otters Lutra lutra. For the historian, take some time to imagine the transatlantic flying boats landing in Foynes around the time of World War II. Luminaries passing through on these sea planes included John F. Kennedy and Eleanor Roosevelt. Looking out across the estuary, there are views to Foynes Island which was the home of the famous mariner/circumnavigator Conor O’ Brien. Also nearby is the Foynes deepwater seaport, one of the busiest ports in Ireland as the cranes unload and load cargoes.
Although relatively small, this is a unique site that offers the visitor a great opportunity to take some time out and soak up what nature has to offer
- Download Brochure of Foynes and Route N69