Claggan Mountain Coastal Trail

One of the things that really make me happy is time spent with my family and particularly when this involves exploring nature, somewhere new. We had been to Ballycroy National Park before but this boardwalk trail we had only driven passed before.

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Boardwalk over bog

The wooden boardwalk rises you slightly above the bog , so you can look down and admire the heathers and beautiful grasses in their winter browns and reds.  Here and there bog pools are dotted and interpretation boards hint at what you may see on a summers day.

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All around you can admire views of mountains, such as Claggan Moutain, (even if covered in low-lying mist) and the bay.  In fact it is hard to imagine it as the sea as it seemed so calm. And you can also see why it would have been a favourite pirate hiding place in years gone by.

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Boardwalk trail, Claggan moutain and the bay

The boardwalk leads you to the sea shore where yet another surprise awaits.  There in the water, and jutting out from the deep peat banks are ancient trees. Known as bog oak (though they may be oak, yew or pine) these tree fossils could be 5 or 6 thousand years old. They have basically been preserved in the acidic peat soil. Some, are slowly been colonised by seaweeds.

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Bog oak stump

This is a special place. It is not just the spectacular scenery that make me happy but seeing these ancient trees is a powerful link to the past.

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Bog oak with seaweed

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Sculpted remains of an ancient tree

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29 thoughts on “Claggan Mountain Coastal Trail

  1. Leya

    This looks a fantastic place! Surely something to hike next time we arrive in Ireland! I clearly see why this place made you happy. And the old stumps and sculpted remains are intensely beautiful – the mist adds the final touch to these gorgeous photos. Love the mood. Thank you for posting this for Happiness.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Thank you Leya – it was a great theme. There was lots I could have chosen but this happened Saturday so seemed best!

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      I think they have been exposed for some time. While it is a sheltered bay and was calm on our visit, I can imagine winter storms will impact the soft peat soils leading to its erosion, and hence exposure of the old trees.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Thank you – I agree Amy – Boardwalks are great often allowing people to access fragile habitats without causing any damage.

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