Ardnamona Wood Nature Reserve, Donegal

  • Author:ActiveME
  • Created: August 28, 2012
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Donegal
  • DistanceInstructions
  • Distance15.74 km
  • Time0 s
  • Speed0.0 km/h
  • Min altitude29 m
  • Peak233 m
  • Climb280 m
  • Descent279 m

Ardnamona Wood Nature Reserve is a fine oak woodland, some 46.6 hectares in size which lies approximately 5km north-east of Donegal Town, just west of Lough Eske. The site consists of old Oak woodland. The woodland is of scientific interest for its size, natural heritage, and flora. The wood displays habitats of dry areas dominated by Oak, and wet woodland with Alder. Ash, Rowan and Downy Birch also occur in the high canopy with Holly, Hazel, and Willow in the understorey. The site is also host to the Killarney Fern, a red data book species listed in Annex II of the Habitats Directive. Two other rare plants, Whorled Caraway and Six-stamened Waterworth, are also present.

There is a great loop walk through the woods and it starts just inside the entrance gate. The entire walk is approximately 2km from start to finish. Parts of the path may be wet from time to time and is very steep in places. Its not really suitable for pushchairs/wheelchairs.

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