Rosscahill wood, Co Galway
Nemophilist – one who is fond of forest or forest scenery; a haunter of the woods.
Definitely a word I will have to add to my vocabulary, as most of my spare time over the past year has been spent walking, meandering, cycling and daydreaming in forests and parks.
Firstly it started as a great place to spend time with my Spaniels, slowly growing into an emotional need, somewhere to drown out the constant noise, the hurly-burly of day-to-day living and connect to something inexplicable. A calmness and connection that is now as necessary to me as eating or breathing.
With this in mind I am always looking for new trees to visit, which we did just this weekend past. Rosscahill wood is located between Moycullen and Oughterard on the Clifden road.
A friend mentioned it in passing during the summer as a great place to go mountain biking or walking so we definitely had to visit. Bringing the spaniels along for an impromptu photo-shoot, I also made a quick video of our short trip, which is posted just below.
The low light, wondrous autumnal colours and golden leaves strewn on the ground carpeting the forest created a early winter wonderland, not one in the tradition sense with snow etc. But one drawing attention to the cycle of life where beauty is present from birth to death, from the first buds in spring to the golden carpet gently working its way back into the earth.
Our trip was brief, arriving late in the afternoon we didn’t have much daylight hours left. We walked down to the lakeshore and then turned back, but there was far more to explore so we will have to make a return visit, this time in the morning.
From Galway the wood is easy to find take the N59 towards Clifden. After Moycullen Village travel for 7.5km to Rosscahill, take the right hand turn signposted for Brigit’s Garden and Killannin, just over 1km up that road there is a small parking space at the entrance to the wood on the right hand side.