If you are looking for a scenic and relaxing woodland walk in Galway, you might want to check out Kilcornan Woods near the village of Clarinbridge. This beautiful area was once part of the Reddington Estate and has a rich history and biodiversity. 

Kilcornan Woods has a network of forest trails that add up to about 8 km in length in total. You can choose from different routes depending on your preference and fitness level. The centre walkway is paved and easily accessible through the middle of the forest, but if you want more challenge and adventure, you can explore the periphery trails that are rougher and have various natural obstacles, rocks and felled trees.

Along the way, you can enjoy the diverse woodland scenery and spot various types of flora, fauna and tree species. Some of the trees you can find here include oak, beech, ash, birch, holly and hazel. You might also see some wildlife such as red squirrels, foxes, badgers, rabbits, deer and birds.

One of the attractions of Kilcornan Woods is the ruins of a church that dates back to the 13th century. It is located near the entrance of the woodland and has a stone cross and a holy well nearby. The church was dedicated to St. Cornelius, who was said to be a bishop of Kilcornan in the 6th century.

Kilcornan Woods is also a popular place for outdoor activities such as walking, running and mountain biking. You can enjoy the fresh air and the peaceful atmosphere while getting some exercise and fun. The trails are suitable for all levels of experience and ability, but be prepared for some muddy sections during the winter months.

Kilcornan Woods is located about 20 km south of Galway city and you can get there by car or by public transport. The Woods are open year round and is free to enter. Some additional tips and information for visiting Kilcornan Woods are;

– The trails are not well marked, so it is advisable to use a map or a GPS device to navigate.
– There are no facilities or amenities in Kilcornan Woods, so bring your own water, snacks, and rubbish bag. 
– Wear comfortable shoes and clothing that are suitable for the weather and terrain.
– Be respectful of the nature and wildlife and do not litter or disturb them.
– Be aware that you will be sharing the trails with other users such as mountain bikers, so keep an eye out and be courteous.


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Kilcornan Woodland



Lose yourself for an hour or two.

October 29, 2022

Beautiful walk through the woods where you can get lost in the peace and tranquility. It’s about 8k if you follow the perimeter . Summer or winter it’s well worth a visit. Nice place for children and dogs . Highly recommended!!

Trish Finnegan.