Having fulfilled their use as production bogs, a number of areas are now open to the public for access, and to appreciate the unfolding landscape of the cutaway bogs.
The best sites for secure access are
- Lough Boora Parklands; Co Offaly
- Abbeyleix Bog; Co Laois
- Doire Bhile Wetlands; Co Tipperary
- Bellacorick Walkway (under development)
- Crossmolina, Co Mayo
Other areas on the edges of our bogs that provide access and information to the public are
- Ballycroy National Park; Bangor, Co Mayo
- Clara Bog Interpretive Centre; Clara, Co Offaly
- Corlea Trackway; Keenagh, Co Longford
- Lullymore Heritage Centre; Rathangan, Co Kildare
You can find out more about our future plans for Bord na Móna’s land holding in our Land & Property section.
Lough Boora Parklands
Lough Boora Parklands is probably our best known public amenity, situated on bogs that were industrially harvested for milled peat for over 50 years. Now, instead of fuel for electricity generation, they provide a safe habitat for a wide variety of flora and fauna, as well as many amenities for the public. Some of the things you’ll find at Lough Boora Parklands are:
- off-road walks, extending for 50km
- off-road cycle path, extending for 15km
- lakes for angling
- bird hides, for studying and perhaps photographing the rich birdlife
- an outdoor sculpture park, displaying 21 large scale sculptures
If you’d like to find out more, why not visit the Lough Boora Parklands website for all the latest on events and activities at the parklands.