Mullaghmeen Forest, Co. Westmeath

Difficulty: Moderate.

Time: 2 hours.

Distance: 8.5km for the white walk.

Equipment: Hiking boots especially if you want to take on the summit.

Families: Not suitable for buggies.

Rating: 3.5 stars.


Only an hour drive from Dublin, Mullaghmeen is the largest planted beech forest in Europe. It is a lovely peaceful way-marked walk and the carpark has ample parking. We would recommend doing the walk clockwise so you can easily spot the way markers. We learned this the hard way! We did it anti-clockwise so we had to keep checking behind us for way markers to make sure we were still on track. It’s a fairly decent workout with some inclines to take on throughout the route. And you also have the option of taking on Mullaghmeen hill, Westmeath’s highest point.

The information board in the carpark
We followed the white route
The beech tree lined route
There are some inclines to contend with
There are some benches dotted around the trail

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