Castlelough

Castlelough is situated in the north west of County Tipperary on the banks of Lough Derg.

Castlelough

Castlelough is situated in the north west of County Tipperary on the banks of Lough Derg. It is part of Arra forest which includes 12 forest properties namely: Castlelough, Castletown, Townlough, Newtown, Leagane, Kilparteen (scattered Properties), Corbally, Coumbeg, Coumroe, Burgesbeg, Gortlassabrien and Scragg (Adjoining Properties).

The total forest area of Arra forest is 808 hectares of primarily conifer species. The principal soil types are podzols, peats and gleys in the upland areas and more mineralised soils at lower elevations near Lough Derg.
The property is located on the shores of Lough Derg and enjoys scenic views and forest trails and is regularly used by Coilltes neighbours, locals and the general public.

There is a car park, picnic tables, water skiing, fishing and cruises on the River Shannon. The Lough Derg Way is an important walking route which winds through Townlough, Castletown and Castlelough. Coillte's open forest policy permits pedestrian access only to its forests (all signage must be adhered to).

There is a broad range of tree species to be found in Castlelough - part of the legacy from its estate days. Beech, ash, oak, alder, birch, cherry, Norway spruce, Scots pine and Douglas fir all form part of the canopy cover. There are plans to completely remove the conifer species, so that in time the wood will be stocked wholly by broadleaves. Also noteworthy is the display of bluebells during the month of May.

Finally, there are a number of picnic tables to be found in the car park that are ideal for some alfresco dining. This hidden gem is well worth a visit.

Location: 
Portroe
Tipperary
Phone: 
+353 (61) 337322
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