Mountbellew Woods is a hidden gem in the heart of Galway, offering a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Whether you are looking for a relaxing stroll, a family picnic, a historical tour or a cycling adventure, you will find something to suit your taste in this beautiful forest park.

Mountbellew Woods is part of the Mountbellew Demesne, which was once owned by the Bellew family, famous Galway parliamentarians during the 18th and 19th centuries. The forest park has numerous facilities to include; historic buildings such as a museum containing local artifacts, a tug boat, a herd’s house and a flour mill, a network of forest walks suitable for recreational activities (approx. 5 km total distance) and a picnic site. There are several different tree species to be seen and interesting flora and fauna. If you are lucky enough you may be treated to a sighting of Sika deer which roam the walled garden ruins of the forest park .

There are three trails in the forest, one of which is suitable for wheelchairs. The Mountbellew trail and Demesne loop are part dual purpose family cycle and walking trails. The Demesne loop trail is 2.2 km long and takes you through a diverse forest containing a wide range of both exotic and native trees. The trail also passes by the old forge museum, the remnants of the walled gardens, the boat house, the forge, the bridge and the mill race. The Mountbellew trail is 1.8 km long and follows the river bank, offering scenic views of the water and the surrounding countryside.

Mountbellew Woods is a perfect destination for nature lovers, history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts. It is easily accessible from the town of Mountbellew and has ample parking space. It is open all year round and admission is free. If you are planning to visit Galway, don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to explore one of its most charming and peaceful woodlands.


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Mountbellew Woodland



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