Ogonelloe, Scarriff, Co Clare
- Located 3km north of Killaloe on R463 to Scarriff
- National grid reference R684 760
- Ordnance Survey Ireland Discovery series No.58
- 30 Car parking spaces
Ballycuggaran ( Baile Ni Chogarain in Irish) Homeland of the O’Cuggarans, an important family at the court of Brain Boru. The site is situated on Crag Hill on the lower slopes of the Slieve Bernagh Mountains overlooking Lough Derg. On the southern side of Crag is a fort, dating to the early Christian period which was the original home of the O’Briens and the reputed birthplace of St. Flannan.
Aoibheal’s Rock, the legendary abode of Aoibheal, fairy queen of the O’Briens, is at the highest point of Ballycuggaran. The great oak woods that originally clothed these hills were cut down to fire the iron furnaces of east Clare as well as for shipbuilding.
The main tree species to be seen in this forest are spruce, larch, fir, oak, beech and ash. The higher slopes consist of heather, rush, broadleaved scrub and bracken. There is a large diversity of fauna in the area including badger, fox, woodcock and pheasant. Wild goats can be seen on the upper slopes of Slieve Bernagh.
There are 2 waymarked trails in this forest – one is a moderate looped walk called the Crag Wood Walk and this trailhead also gives access onto the East Clare Way.
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