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Donadea Forest Park
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Overview

Donadea Forest Park includes Donadea Castle and estate, the former home of the Aylmer family up until 1935. There are many historical features including the remains of the castle and walled gardens, St. Peter’s church, an ice house and boat house.

The Lime tree avenue planted in the 19th century formed the original entrance to the estate. Another feature of the park is the 9/11 Memorial, a scaled replica of the twin towers carved in limestone. The small lake is brimming with ducks, waterhens and has a beautiful display of water lilies in the summer. There is a café open throughout the year.

There is a €5 charge to enter with your car and all cards and payment apps are now accepted at the entrance barrier (since Dec 2020).

Donadea is a very popular recreation site, so try to travel outside of peak times to avoid delays on entry.

Location

map 8 KM south of Kilcock 13KM north of Naas on the Killcock Road. Get directions

Things to do

Donadea Castle

Walk: Three looped walking trails in the forest park cater for all abilities; The Lake Walk (0.8 kms, 30 mins, access for all) is a lovely looped walk around the lake and can be accesed by all, and why not feed the ducks along the way. The Nature Trail (1.6 kms, 1 hr, Easy) this trail winds its way through some of the man made elements in the park from the estate era, and takes in a short shrubbery trail along the way. The Aylmer Walk (5.7 kms, 1 ½ hrs, Easy) takes you all round the park and is also a Slí na Slainte trail so it is good for your health and heart.

Permanent Orienteering: Donadea has 3 permanent orienteering courses, Short (1.8 km), Medium (3.4 km) and Long (4.6 km)


Don't miss our hidden gem

A lovely walk around the lake and for the kiddies a climb on the old tree root beside it.


Visitors Facilities on Site

Archaeological

Café

Car-park

Forest park

Gardens

Leisure cycling

Orienteering

Picnic site

Walking trails

Car Park 460 spaces

Car park opens at 7am (April to September) and 8am (October to March)

Car park closes at 9pm (April to September) and 7pm (October to March)

Car parking (€5 fee using contactless payment card or online payment app – note that coins are no longer accepted)

Toilet facilities are only available during café opening hours.


Trail map

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Licence prices

Cycling Event

Club (per training day)
150
Club (per event)
250
National/other (per event)
500

Walking

Group (per day)
50

Car park

Per Car
5
Item Price Volume Sum
Cycling event - Club (per event) €250 3 €750
Camping - Group (for a group per day) €100 3 €300

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.