Nature and Walking

Nature and Walking


WalkDistance         Type Difficulty
N1) Loughcrew Cairns                        2-3kmGrassy HillModerate
N2) Loughcrew Gardens                     1-2kmGardensEasy
N3) Mullaghmeen                               1.5-8kmForrestModerate
N4) Oldcastle Town    5kmRoads/StreetsEasy
N5) Tullynally Castle and Gardens    2kmGardensEasy
N6) JFK 50-Mile Walk – See Events 50 MileRoad/Lanes Difficult
N7) Loughcrew Lake Walk                                        6kmPathsModerate


Loughcrew Gardens

Loughcrew Gardens are a breathtaking spectacle from 17th and 19th century. Take a walk through centuries of garden and landscape fantasy. The central area of approximately six acres includes a lime avenue, extensive lawns and terraces, magnificent herbaceous border and physic border. Within the gardens stand a medieval motte, St. Oliver Plunkett’s family church and Tower House.

Loughcrew Lake Walk

Loughcrew Lake walk takes in the restored gardens, the old mansion, and a wonderful landscape with a variety of trees leading to the picturesque lake. The return trip should take about one and a half hours.


Mullaghmeen Forest is the largest planted beech forest in Ireland. Along with beech, within its 400 ha of forest it also has Sitka spruce, Scots pine and noble fir and a very interesting native tree collection. Why not try out the Mullaghmeen Summit Trail / Red Trail? The summit of Mullaghmeen provides magnificent views north across Lough Sheelin and into the neighbouring county of Cavan.