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  • Grade
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  • Distance
  • 2km 3.5kms 9.5kms return 5.5kms return
  • Type
  • Loop Loop Linear Linear
  • Estimated time
  • 45mins 1hr 15mins 3hrs 15mins 2hrs
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  • Terrain
  • Forestry roads, woodland tracks
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  • Glenshelane Woods Car Park
  • Trailhead OSI Map No, Grid Ref/GPS
  • 81, X 119 993 52.14656, -7.82640
  • Minimum Gear
  • Trekking shoes/hiking boots, rain gear, water, snacks, mobile phone
  • Dogs allowed
  • On a lead


Glenshelane Wood straddles two river glens, one a long glen through which the Glenshelane River flows, the other follows a section of where the Monavugga and Glenfalla Rivers converge a short distance upstream. All are tributaries of the mighty Blackwater. There is an extensive network of gently graded forest roads and trails. Walkers can expect to enjoy beautiful riverside walks through magnificent woodlands of conifers and broadleaves. All walks run beside the rivers and are serviced by five timber footbridges and one underpass under Lyre Bridge that is worth exploring.

Birds such as dippers, herons and the grey wagtail frequent Glenshelane. Pine marten have also been spotted in the area.

Did You Know

• Gleann Siothláin – the Glen of the Fairies, was owned by the Keane family of Cappoquin – Molly Keane, a well known novelist lived nearby in Bellville House.

• Glenshelane is now a Coillte managed forest; tree species to be seen on this site include Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, Norway spruce, Japanese larch, Lodge pole pine, Silver fir, Scots pine, Western Red cedar, Lawson cypress and broad leaves such as Spanish chestnut, beech, oak, ash, poplar, sycamore, birch and alder.

• The Glenshelane River is an important salmon nursery stream for the River Blackwater; salmon can be seen fighting their way upstream to their spawning area north of the car park.

How To Get There

From Cappoquin travel the Clogheen / Mellary Road (R669) for a distance of 1 km until you come to a grotto, veer right and the car park entrance is a short distance after crossing Bealick Bridge.