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COVID-19 information
Updates on 10th MAy 2021 In line with the Government and HSE Covid-19 Guidelines and Procedures, Coillte’s forests and recreation sites are now open to visitors nationwide. We ask that all visitors abide by social distancing and public health guidelines at this time.
We continue to ask visitors, where possible, not to drive to their nearest forest in order to reduce the impact of traffic congestion near our sites. If a site is busy and parking is not available, please do not park in our neighbour's entrances or block access for emergency vehicles on narrow roads and return to the forest at another time.
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Explore our recreation sites!

Welcome to Ireland’s biggest outdoor playground. It boasts one million acres of lush forests, wild bogs, magical mountains, flowing rivers, and beautiful beaches - all waiting to be enjoyed and explored!

So get out and discover the fun of the forest!

Just to note - All access to our forests is by permission. Individuals are welcome to walk in all forests and to cycle in designated forests. We can give you a permit for most other activities or if you want to hold group events. Keep an eye out for signs where we might be working in the forest - we will usually show you an alternate route for your walk or cycle.

We want you to have a great time exploring our forests, but we do expect you to look out for your own safety and respect other users of the forest.

ACTIVITIES

Many precious memories have been made walking magical forests trails with family and friends. Today our forests offer far more than walking. You can whiz down challenging biking trails, canopy climb through trees and sneak unforgettable birds-eye views, camp under the starry sky, or explore the rich plant and animal life. Check out all our forests have to offer here – and pick something that suits you!

ATTRACTIONS

Come and join us for a unique, exhilarating and fun-filled day out at one of our spectacular 260 recreation sites around Ireland.

Permits & Licences

Some activities you want to enjoy on our lands may need a permit. Check the details here and apply for your permit online.

Access cards

We charge a car-parking fee at some of our recreational forests. You can buy an annual card here which can be used at all sites. Please note that due to the COVID crises, we have added 3 months to all valid cards.

Events and updates

In heavy snow/ice conditions, we may have to close some car-parks and recreation sites, at short notice.

In a 'Red' Wind warning, you should not enter any forest area.

We will keep you updated on closures on our Events and Updates page.

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Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trail Diversions

A section of the Ballyhoura MTB trail is currently closed between Poles 22 and Pole 24 on the Green loop as trail maintenance work is being carried out. The trail will be closed for approximately four weeks.

Please obey all diversions and safety signage that will be in place.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trail Diversions

A section of the Ballyhoura MTB trail is currently closed between Poles 12A and Pole 13 on the Brown loop as harvesting work is being carried out. The trail will be closed for approximately four weeks.

Please obey all diversions and safety signage that will be in place.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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Harvesting Works At The Gorse Lodge, Ballinvoher Area Of Kilworth Wood – Co. Cork

Harvesting works are taking place in the area highlighted in yellow on the map below at the Gorse Lodge, Ballinvoher area of Kilworth Wood from May 20th to June 30th 2021

Please adhere to all safety signage and stay clear of all harvesting works in the local vicinity.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.