This privately owned parkland has several walks that take you along glens, lakes, mountain streams, woodland, and waterfall. ... More
This privately owned parkland has several walks that take you along glens, lakes, mountain streams, woodland, and waterfall. In early summer there is a magnificent display of large-flowered butterwort. There is also Irish spurge, saxifrage, and arbutus in abundance. Across Lough Inchaquin is Uragh Wood, a protected area of ancient sessile oaks. This oak species once covered most of Ireland. If you need refreshment after your explorations, there is a tea room with in-house baked goods. You also have the option of bringing your own picnic and using the pleasant picnic area.
This was my first time visiting this park, the best day we had in a long time. A long entrance to the park along a winding narrow road giving a sense of isolation and brings a person back to nature. I found the drive in as exciting as its off the beaten track with plenty of flora and natural scenery. The park/farmland is so clean and natural looking and every effort has been made to keep in natural as possible. The vista that's opens up on entering the park will be a long lasting memory for me. The friendly greeting and easy going manner of the owners was wonderful to see. The fee of € 5 was great value and worth every cent. I am well aware of the hugh maintenance costs involved in running a place like this. We took the 2 hour waterfall walk and enjoyed it immensely. Definitely some of the best views available anywhere. The natural beauty of this place should be well publicized and advertised. This park is work in progress and I am sure that it will continue to improve over time. I would like to see a location pointer at the top of the waterfall walk giving the names of the lakes and other landmarks stretched out below in the valley. A great day out for anybody who appreciates nature and enjoys unspoiled breath taking scenery. Well done to all concerned in this venture. Looking forward to my next visit.
Went this morning accidentally. When we reached a first sign saying we are entering private property, I desperately looked for a place to make a u-turn. TThe rare ones appeared carefully blocked. After I had managed to turn around quite miraculously - everything is made in a way that you should just be able to drive straight in there even if it is not your will! - an awfully threatening looking man came right in front of us and blocked the passage with his car. He asked whether we had gone to reception, and I said no, that we had made a u-turn. Said we should go because there are walking trails, and i said that is not what we are planning to do right now, so we prefer driving away. He would not let us go until we had given him money. He got very excited and we preferred to pay (even though we had seen nothing of "his" park) because it was really unclear to me whether he would let us go at all. Complete rip off! I felt trapped and abused. DON'T ENCOURAGE SUCH MAFIA BEHAVIOUR!!! There are plenty of nice places in Ireland for everyone to enjoy, for free and without being threatened! JUST DON't BOTHER!!!!
I would normally object to paying for going on a hike but it's well worth the money they're looking for. It's clear to see where the money is going with the well maintained tracks, tea room and art gallery. It's good to see someone attempting to make a go of it and to provide employment and diversify their farming income.
The fact that you have to pay is sign posted many times between the main road and the entrance to the park and should not catch people by surprise.
The park itself, the walks around it and the waterfall are spectacular with walks to suit everyone from young families to serious hikers.
This is apparently a private park, while forest parks in Ireland are usually free! We came to see the magnificent waterfall but after the verbal abose we received in the carpark, we left and looked from afar. Singposts are vague as to what's on offer and it is not clear where exactly you enter the property. Once in, 5 Euro per person is demanded in a very agressive manner.
This park was an unexpected, major highlight of our month-long stay in Ireland. Its beauty is stunning, and it is impeccably maintained as a private enterprise.
We found the owner and his wife to be very friendly, accommodating people who went out of their way to help us. My wife was slightly hobbled by a twisted ankle she suffered a week before, so the owner offered to drive us to a couple of high places where the view is glorious.
The drive from the main road out of Kenmare is narrow, but the park itself is well worth the effort. Along the way, make sure to stop at the Uragh stone circle with its great view of the lakes in the valley.
We took the long narrow drive to the end. Saw a sign stating 5 euros per person, . Immediately a most unfriendly Irish woman appeared (Probably an owner) demanding her due of 5 euros. She was so obnoxious about it that we immediately turned about as she was yelling,"You drove over my private road. You must pay." We didn't and left. The scenery is great, but you don't need to go there to view it or to walk about in the area.
It was a beautiful winter day - 45 degrees and sunny - when we visited. The park is about 5 miles off R571 but well worth the drive on the narrow, twisting road. We took the "Over the Waterfall" hike and found the scenery stunning. It's hard to believe we actually made it above the beautiful double waterfall! Highly recommend a visit here.
My wife and I were here back in August. My wife cried when she first gazed upon what she called the most beautiful place she had ever seen. It looked to me as if we had stepped into the Garden of Eden.
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