Cahermurphy, (Cathair mhurchu In Irish), Lough Graney and its environs is sometimes referred to as the “Killarney” of Co. Clare. It is... more » an unspoilt area of natural beauty. The area was made famous by the poet Brian Merriman in Cuirt an Mhean Oiche written in 1780. Cahermurphy House was once the stately home of Arthur Knox, the famed traveller/writer. A stone caher or stone fort can still be seen from the road on the lands of the present owner.
This Coillte Forest Park is known locally as the White Sands because of the stretch of sandy lakeside shore. Most of the present woodlands date from the early 1950s and include lodgepole pine, Scots pine, Norway spruce, Sitka spruce, alder, birch and beech. Fauna include pine marten, badgers, squirrels and fallow deer and there are otters in the nearby Bleach river. Many species of birds inhabit the area and there is coarse fishing in the lake.
The nearby village of Flagmount is a popular area for recreation on Lough Graney. Both Flagmount and Cahermurphy are on the East Clare Way and the area has a rich heritage of historic sites, folklore, traditional music, song and dance. Facilities on site include car park, picnic site, fishing, lakeshore and river walks.
The Cahermurphy Loop is a 9km walk that takes you by the White Sands Beach, along the bank of the Bleach River and through Cahermurphy Forest. A moderate ascent to 150m provides spectacular views of Lough Graney and the surrounding countryside. The loop walk is part of the network of walks under the Shannon Region Trails Programme and is marked using the standard red Shannon Region Trails directional arrows. less «