Coillte Wood: Around Foynes is more than 17 acres of mixed woodland, located on the banks of the majestic River Shannon. The woodland once comprised a fragment of the 6,500-acre Monteagle Estate, the main family seat being at nearby Mount Trenchard. Remnants of the estate can still be seen in the form of old carriage paths, stone walls, and the Lady’s Gate at the property’s eastern access point.
Explore twisty paths and enjoy fantastic estuary vistas. The picnic area beside the parking lay-by includes a special adapted picnic table for wheelchairs.
For nature enthusiasts, the tree species include beech, sycamore, birch, Douglas fir, and Scot’s pine. From Poultallin Point, scan the waters for bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and Eurasian otters (Lutra lutra).
For history buffs, take some time to imagine the transatlantic flying boats landing in Foynes around the time of World War II. Luminaries passing through on these flying boats included John F. Kennedy and Eleanor Roosevelt. Across the estuary are views of Foynes Island, former home of the famous mariner and circumnavigator Conor O’ Brien. The Foynes deepwater seaport, one of the busiest ports in Ireland, is also nearby.
Although relatively small, this is a unique site that offers visitors an opportunity to escape and soak up what nature has to offer.