There are 22 native tree species in Ireland and Lough Gur is working to ensure that all varieties are planted for prosperity within the grounds to form part of a tree trail. And of course where there is nature, there is an abundance of fairies.
Lough Gur is home to Fer Fí King of the Fairies. Find his throne at the entrance to the Lough Gur Heritage Centre and look to the fairy queens castle where they are reputed to live!
Lough Gur, in particular, is home to a great number and it is reported that the king of the fairies lives in the hill of Knockadoon. He is known as Fer Fí and to be sure to stay on his good side. You will find a purpose-built fairy throne outside the front entrance to the Lough Gur Heritage Centre and a miniature castle is also in place for Áine who is queen of the fairies.
Lough Gur is botanically rich and has a magnificent variety of wetland and woodland creatures who make Lough Gur their home throughout the year. The relationship between archaeology and nature are intrinsically tied as the first settlers to the area over 6,000 years ago chose Lough Gur for its abundant wildlife and awe-inspiring beauty. The protective hills at of Knockadoon and Knockfennel at each side of the lake also provide protection against the elements.
The new nature trail in Lough Gur will see children eco hunting around the grounds to spot tree species, insects and wildlife with a fun activity sheet developed by artist Gemma O’ Mahony and tree expert Brian Collopy. The sheets are available from the Lough Gur Heritage Centre as part of the exhibition tour that brings the tour of Lough Gur from the inside out. The Nature Trail is suitable for all levels from 4 to 12 years and is designed to develop a greater appreciation for the magnificent landscape that often goes unnoticed.
Visit Lough Gur and follow the 100 steps to the viewing point to find where the fairies live.