Coole Wood Nature Reserve, Galway

  • Author:ActiveME
  • Created: August 28, 2012
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Galway
  • DistanceInstructions
  • Distance1.83 km
  • Time0 s
  • Speed0.0 km/h
  • Min altitude11 m
  • Peak17 m
  • Climb7 m
  • Descent7 m

Coole and Garryland Woods (405 ha) and Ballynastaig Wood (10 ha) Nature Reserves are located near Gort, county Galway in the west of Ireland. See

This is an stunning group of woods, lakes, gardens, walking routes, old ruins and other interesting things to see and do. The reserves have a combination of deciduous woods, limestone reefs, lakes and turloughs and are one of the most interesting Irish vegetation and faunal complexes still in existence in Ireland. The Coole-Garryland reserve contains a variety of floral habitats including well-formed high forest on deep pockets of soil, dwarf woodland on limestone pavement and a turlough complex in the Callows and Coole Lake. A large portion of this reserve was formerly owned by Lady Gregory, co-founder with W.B. Yeats and Edward Martyn of the Abbey Theatre. Bird watching and walking are very popular in these reserves due to the variety of birdlife and scenery.

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