Places of Note
The Pieta House Wren is extremely proud of its connection with the village of Woodford and the surrounding areas. For those of you looking for further adventure on your trip here, there are a number of other places to visit when in the area. Situated in the Slieve Aughties and near the Shannon, Woodford and the surrounding area offer visitors a glimpse into the rugged beauty of west of Ireland landscape. Whether it’s fresh walking trails, wild animals, breath-taking scenery or simple rural friendliness and adventure you want, there are options for you.
Derrycrag Wood (1.5km from Woodford)
Derrycrag Wood is an old oak woodland, situated 1.5 km south-east of Woodford and compliments the Woodford River. Many animals can be found throughout the reserve including pine martens, badgers, red squirrels, foxes and fallow deer. Bat species also forage in the area. Kestrels, sparrowhawks and jays are a few of the more notable bird species present in the reserve. Most of the site is designated as a nature reserve, but there is also an adjacent area of thinned out Scots Pine with very diverse ground flora as well as an area of wet grassland.
Ard Aoibheann, Cappaghabaun Mountain, Slieve Aughties (16km from Woodford)
The Slieve Aughty Mountains are a mountain range covering a region stretching over both County Galway and County Clare. The highest point locally is Ard Aoibheann on the Cappaghbaun Mountain which enjoys stunning panoramic views and is accessible all year-round.
Woodford Bay (0km from Woodford)
The Woodford River, a tributary of the Shannon, flows by the town and is forded there by a fine triple arched stone bridge. Just above the bridge the river is dammed and broadens out into a small artificial lake called Woodford Bay or simply “The Bay”. During the last century and the early part of this century this served as a source of water power, which powered a corn mill by day and provided electric light for the town by night. Today, it is one of the main features of the town, where locals and families can enjoy scenic picnics by the beautiful water fountain whilst watching the ducks swim by. Each August the bay is host to the local Furnace Festival which celebrates the local iron making traditions of times gone by.
Loughatorick Lake (11km from Woodford)
Loughatorick Lake is situated about 10 minutes from the village of Woodford and the beauty of the lake can be enjoyed year-round. The lake is surrounded by local flora and fauna is renowned locally for its trout fishing.
Derrygoolin Way (8km from Woodford)
Take a walk, a cycle or a drive through these picturesque moors. The route climbs over the rugged boglands of the Slieve Aughty Mountain and makes its way back towards Lough Derg. These barely-touched trails are some of the most scenic routes in East Galway, taking in stunning views and many historical sites along the way. The Derrygoolin Way gives visitors access to a countryside of great richness, variety and raw beauty.
Kylemore Farmhouse Cheese (8km from Woodford)
Teresa Roche is a passionate artisanal cheesemaker in Kylemore, close to Woodford. Teresa and her family have been farming near the village of Abbey, in Co. Galway since 1820. They converted their Kylemore House farm into a dairy enterprise in the 1960s, where they run a herd of grass-fed Friesian Holstein cows to this day that supplies Arrabawn milk. Experience spending time on a real working farm in the Galway countryside, get to see an artisan food producer at work, and of course sample their cheese, along with afternoon treats, all made with the best of Irish milk and butter!
Rossmore Pier (9km from Woodford)
Rossmore Pier is located on Lough Derg along the River Shannon. This fantastic amenity is a place where you can indulge your passion for cruising, fishing or sailing. Whether one wishes to go out on the Shannon or simply dwell in the peace of the quay for a while, few ever regret travelling down to Rossmore.
Stone Circle (3.5km from Woodford)
This small stone circle (also known as ‘Reydrumadda’) dates back to 1200 B.C. and comprises of seven stones lying in commonage, within an area of blanket bog, close to Woodford village on the R351 with fine panoramic views. The circle is complete and consists of two entrance stones, 1m in height, sited at the SE side of the circle and a small recumbent, quartz altar stone at the NW side. Between the entrance stones and the altar stone, are two small orthostats on each side. An ancient stone circle that can be easily accessed, it is sign-posted from the nearby road just 100m away.
Slieve Aughty Centre (13km from Woodford)
An eco-friendly equestrian and activity leisure centre set on 17 acres of rugged Galway land. Guests have miles of trails for walking, cycling, horse riding and exploring nature and the centre is a stunning location for rejuvenation, relaxation and celebration!
Derrygill Millennium Oak Forest (2km from Woodford)
Derrygill Wood is located approximately three kilometres southeast of the village of Woodford. Along with the nearby woodlands at Derrycrag, Rosturra and Pollnaknockaun – some of which are Nature Reserves – these woodlands comprise some of the last remaining fragments of what was once an extensive area of woodland in this region, known as Woodford Forest. Derrygill derives from “Derry” or in Irish “doire”, an ‘oak grove or wood’ and “gall”, which translates as foreigner. Derrygill therefore means “(oak) wood of the foreigner”. The wood is home to a variety of birds including, long-tailed tits, blackbird, robin and wren. It also hosts red squirrels, foxes, badgers and pine martens.
Killeen Cheese (12km from Woodford)
East Galway cheesemaker Marion Roeleveld is well known for her excellent gouda-style Killeen Cheese. She trained as a cheesemaker in the Netherlands before coming to Ireland and has assisted in the development of other cheeses as well as building up her own business since 2005. While most cheesemakers specialise in using one type of milk, she makes both goat’s cheese – using pasteurised milk from her own grass-fed goats – and another version using pasteurised milk from a local farmer’s cows, and there are variations on both. You’ll see plain and flavoured cheeses at varying stages of maturity at Sheridans, speciality shops in Galway and at On the Pig’s Back in Cork, also at farmers’ markets – and on menus, especially in the West.