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5 of Our Favourite Woodland Walks in Ireland

13 September 2021

Did you know the Japanese have a word for “Forest Bathing”? They refer to it as Shinrin-yoku. It translates to that feeling of losing yourself in amongst the trees, enjoying the sounds, scents and fresh air that nature has to offer around you. Walking amongst the forest and nature is probably one of the healthiest things you can do.

The experience of scents and smells of woodlands can have a powerful effect on our health and emotions. It has been proven that scents of pine, fir, cedar and cypress trees contain the phytoncides such as alpha-pinene and beta-pinene which make up the essential oils of many plants and trees. These were found to decrease levels of the cortisol stress hormone.

There is such a strong healing power of walking through the woods and probably why hiking & hill walking has increased in popularity over the past year. Yankee Candle have recently released Woodland Road Trip Collection which is now available to order online & in-store at CandleWarehouse.ie. It is a collection filled with scents of the outdoors and what Autumn has to offer. We have been inspired and have put together a list of our favourite Woodland Forest Walks in Ireland. Ireland is filled with beautiful spots where you can unplug, unwind, recharge and reap in the energising and grounding benefits nature has to offer.

 

Ballinastoe Woods, Co. Wicklow

The deep dark wood of Ballinastoe, where it meets the Wicklow Way boardwalk near Lough Tay. Light illuminates through the trees and boardwalk path, taking one on a magical unique journey onward through the woods. Enjoy the canopy of trees on this very still, peaceful walk with the scent of pine filling the fresh air. There is a short loop and also a biking trail if you’re feeling more adventurous!

 

Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry

Killarney National Park has plethora of walking trails winding through the grounds with aamix of flora & fauna, there is undoubtedly something for everyone here to rejunivate and leave you feeling invigorated after a day of exploring here. The scenery is simply stunning.  You are spoiled with beautiful lakes and dramatic mountains. In addition, there are also historic sites that you should not miss.

 

Gougane Barra Forest Park, Co. Cork

Tucked away in the lush valley at the edge of Sheehy mountains in Co. Cork is the beautiful scenic Gougane Barra Forest Park that covers approx. 339 acres. The perfect place to get outdoors, inhale the fresh air and get back in touch with nature!

 

Donadea Forest, Co. Kildare

This walk winds along leaf covered forest roads and paths around the park through mixed woodland.

The perfect place for a family walk, collecting leaves and pinecones situated in Co. Kildare. A beautiful lake sits at it’s centre, so make sure to bring some treats for the ducks!

 

Glentarriff Forest Park, Co. Antrim

Glentarrif Forest Park is also known as the “Queen of the Glens”. It has over 5 different walking trails and a beautiful waterfall! This walk is sure to get you in the “Shinrin-yoku” spirit! If you’re visiting Northern Ireland, this spot is not to be missed!

 

Let us know your favourite places to escape on a woodland forest walk this Autumn. If you’re hoping to bring the spirit of “Shinrin-yoku” into your home the Woodland Road Trip Collection is for you and can be explored on our website by clicking this link.


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