Things to see or do
- Directions: Dún an Rí Forest Park is located 1.5km north of Kingscourt on the R179 to Carrickmacross.
- Other: Car Parking available
- Activities: Horseriding and other sports available to the visitor
Dun na Rí Forest ParkKingscourt Cavan - Ireland East
565 acre Dun na Ri Forest Park is just outside Kingscourt along the banks of the River Cabra and featuring a dramatic gorge embracing part of the Cabra Estate, formerly owned by the Pratt family. The Romantic Glen of the Cabra River, stretching the full length of the Park is an area steeped in history and legend. It is said that Cuchulain camped there at night, while by day conducting his single handed defence of Ulster against the armies of Maeve. The Normans were here also and in later years the glen echoed to the sounds of Cromwells armies. There are four walks of approximately 1.5-2km in length all with points of interest and plentiful varied wildlife. Some more unusual highlights of a visit to Dun na Ri are the Ice House, Toba na Splinne Holy Well and Cromwell’s Bridge. The ruins of Fleming's Castle can still be seen as well as Sarah's Well. Sarah's Bridge, built in 1801, is the starting point of many of the walks in the park. The Park also has an extremely varied plant community and as a result it is rich in a wide range of wild animals. Red and grey squirrels are common, as are stoats and rabbits. Mink flourish along the river and otters have been spotted occasionally. The Irish hare is a resident of the Park as is the pigmy shrew. Norway spruce and oak are two important species in the Park. The oak trees are managed to produce a valuable veneer crop.
ContactTelephone+353 (0)49 433 1942
Address: Kingscourt, Co Cavan, Republic of Ireland