This is an arboretum particularly famous for its conifers and calcifuges, planted during the 19th century by Thomas Acton in conjunction with David Moore and his son, Sir Frederick Moore, curators of the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. It was a time of great botanical and geographical explorations with numerous species from around the world being brought back to Ireland through Glasnevin. The more favourable soil and climatic conditions at Kilmacurragh resulted in many of these specimens succeeding there while struggling or failing at Glasnevin. Restoration work is being carried out on the grounds. There is also limited access fot visitors with disabilities.
Located approximately 5km off the N11 route (south of Rathnew) or 9.5km from Rathdrum.
Pictures and text courtesy of HeritageIreland.ie.
Note: Map is an approximate indication ONLY. Please contact Kilmacurragh Arboretum for directions and precise location prior to your visit.