If you go to the foodie destination, The Delgany, that I wrote about in the last blog post and if you over indulge in buttery croissants and if you feel the need to take some exercise afterwards the perfect spot to do so – Kindlestown Wood – is very close by.
Kindlestown Wood consists of thirty-five hectares of mixed woodland crisscrossed by nature trails (including a stretch suitable for persons with impaired mobility). Coillte a commercial company, albeit one where all the shares are held by two different government ministers on behalf of the Irish state , manages the wood as well as most other tracts of forest in Ireland. There are fuller details about Kindlestown Wood and comprehensive directions on how to get there on the Coillte Outdoors website click here to read.
As you walk through the wood you can catch tantalizing glimpses, through the trees, of the sea and the gorse clad mountains. And best of all there are viewing points in the forest where the eye can feast on delicious and soul-restoring vistas. Doing a circuit doesn’t take very long and it’s a relatively easy ramble but trainers or walking shoes are a must.
When I was there and as I wended my way through the shadowed forest I felt cocooned by the tall trees which were blanketed, that day, with a floaty quilt of azure blue sky appliqued with fluffy white clouds. Plant leaves flapped gently in the breeze and butterflies fluttered around low to the ground. It was eerily peaceful.
We cannot attempt Canute-like to stem the flow of time. But on a fine sunny day in Kindlestown Wood I had a shivery sense of how gossamer fine, like a ghostly mist, the veil that divides the past from the present is. Time seemed suspended and as I rambled about there was no sense of being in any particular century, just in communion with nature. But all of a sudden I reached a clearing and wham I was jolted back to the 21st century. Visual above of said clearing.
26 responses to “Kindlestown Wood”
It sounds wonderful. Ireland, and all it’s beauty, is on my bucket list!!!
Parts of Ireland are very beautiful, I hope you get to visit sometime. I was lucky, as weather-wise this hasn’t been a good spring, that day I walked around the wood was warm and sunny.
Lovely images come to mind. Love these blogs. Have tried to get in touch recently. Keep up the excellent blogging. Deirdre
Thanks so much Deirdre. And I am so sorry about the delay in replying to you, I will mail you later today.
Beautiful and the last photo jolting you back into this century is funny! I scrolled back up the the first few pics, I wanted to stay there.
The wood is a gorgeous place so those masts are a bit out of place! Still I suppose they have to go somewhere and they are mostly hidden, you only see them just as you reach that clearing. Thanks for your comment.
It looks so beautiful. I really have to visit Ireland.
The wood is a peaceful place and yet so close to the capital, about forty minutes drive. I do hope you get to visit Ireland some day.
A lovely walk through the woods. I enjoyed being at your side and the nice thing is…I’m not tired at all. 🙂
Thanks Karen and the good thing was I wasn’t tired either as the trail through the woods is an easy walk and it’s very restorative. 😉
Such a wonderful place! That bench has my name all over it. 😉
Ah, your comment made me smile Francesca. Thanks.;)
I love a walk in the woods – beautiful…
Yes woods are indeed great places to walk through …
Beautiful wood, B – well, kind of except the antennas that is, and very nice post with beautiful images to complement the text. Thank you!
Thank you Stefano. The antennas are a bit of a shock but I suppose it is of a case of needs must – they have to go somewhere and at least the wood keeps they partial hidden from view in what’s an otherwise scenic area.
Beautiful. I love the gorse. I hear it also blooms again in fall. How nice.
The gorse is beautiful at this time of year.
The perfect follow-up to your trip to the Delgany indeed. I feel refreshed just looking at the pictures and reading about the Wood! (Though of course I’d love even more to actually visit!)
The wood was such a lovely spot, as the sun streamed through the trees birdsong was the only thing that broke the heavenly silence. Refreshed is a good word to explain the feeling – thanks Kathryn.
about time that the Irish tourist office got you on their paylist! 😀
just look at this uninspired German website of theirs: http://www.visitirland.de
Just checked that website – what a shame and what a wasted opportunity. So sad.
I don’t think the Irish Tourist Board can afford to put a mouse on their payroll at the moment anyway I like my blogging independence too much. 😉
I was just trying to sneak in a compliment 😉
Thank you. 😉
-roll. payROLL. german and english just clashed in my head 😀
Don’t worry I understood. 😉 😉 🙂