Kilkenny Castle: A Regal Encounter with History
- Ireland's Ancient East, Kilkenny, Things to do
- 22 March 2023
Ness Wood is a stunning natural wonder located in Northern Ireland, named after 'an las' or Ness, which means waterfall. The waterfall in Ness Wood is one of the highest in Northern Ireland and was created by the old Burntollet Rivercourse being blocked by glacial deposits after the last ice age, ten thousand years ago. The river then created a new channel through the rock, creating the magnificent waterfall, gorges, portholes, and rapids that make Ness Wood so special.
The Country Park covers 55 hectares of mixed woodland and open parkland on both sides of the Burntollet River, with over 7km of stunning woodland and riverside walks, including a magnificent waterfall walk. For visitors with limited mobility, there is a meadow walk that provides easy access. The park also features picnic tables, wildlife ponds, wildflower meadows, and a visitor center with information on the local area and an exhibition on woodland biodiversity.
Facilities at Ness Wood include a visitors center, toilets, woodland and riverside paths, a children's playpark, picnic areas, and car parks at four different points. The main car park is located at the Visitors Centre and can be accessed via Oughtagh Road, while there are also open access car parks at the main entrance (Donaghy'), Ness Wood car park, and Ervey Wood car park, which can be accessed via Ervey Road.
Ness Wood is a breathtaking destination for nature lovers and those seeking outdoor adventure, offering a unique glimpse into the natural beauty of Northern Ireland.