The Deer Park Loop or Court Tomb Loop as it is alternatively known, is a lovely forest trail which provides access to an internationally renowned court tomb. The route is located on the beautiful Calry area and affords a great vantage point over Lough Gill.
This walk is easy to navigate and clearly waymarked. The Deer Park trail is suitable for most fitness levels. The first section of the walk is the toughest, rising in a series of hills before levelling out at the archaeological site. As the trail reaches level ground the walker is treated to panoramic views of Lough Colgagh, Lough Gill and the surrounding countryside. The route then returns through the forest to the trail head below.
Did you know?
The Deer Park Court Tomb dates back to 3,000BC. Three internal burial chambers are separated by jamb stones, which fell in the 1920s and now sit near the tomb’s entrance. Many consider Deer Park to be the best ruin of its type in the country. There are further archaeological sites nearby, including a cashel, souterrain and wedge tombs in the adjoining lands.
Deer Park as the name suggests was an enclosure for deer and was an area originally used for hunting by the gentry.
What to wear:
Warm clothes, suitable footwear (e.g. hiking boots), neckerchief.
What to bring:
Food, drink, raingear.
Take the R286 to Hazel Wood and Calry past the Regional Stores Service Station. Take the left turn signposted R278 Calry. Travel 5 Km and the entrance for Deerpark is on the right hand side. As there is no sign for Deerpark, we will place a Scouting Ireland sign opposite the entrance.