Castle Caldwell Forest – Castle Scenic Walk
The Castle Scenic walk is part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark. The walk takes in man-made and natural wonders, including a lime-kiln which hints at the association of the Caldwell estate with the nearby Belleek Pottery, a half-moon limestone bench along the shoreline and the eerie ruins of Castle Caldwell.
Distance 0.3 miles
OS Map Sheet 17 1:50,000
Terrain Flat, easy
Nearest Town Belleek
Route Shape Circular
Grid Reference H01632 60422
Route Type Forest
The Castle Scenic Walk offers a gentle and appealing introduction to the Castle Caldwell estate. A series of forest tracks zig-zag through this ancient woodland area where views are dominated by the Castle ruins. After passing through a section of walled garden, you will reach a gravel track leading to the foot of the ivy clad ruins of the old castle. Although the castle was eventually abandoned in the 1900’s, if local ghost stories are to be believed, the ruins are still haunted by Dennis McCabe, a fiddler who drowned after falling off the Caldwell family barge. A copy of the fiddlers grave stone with it’s amusing inscription can be seen at the main entrance to the Forest park. This walk is situated in a working forest and may be temporarily diverted or closed while trees are being harvested so please comply with any safety signage. All Forest Service woodlands are sustainably managed and certified to international standards that demonstrate good environmental, social and economic principles.
Castle Caldwell ruins
Turn off Kesh – Belleek A47 road about 8km from
Belleek into Castle Caldwell Forest. Turn is well signposted. Pass between support walls of old railway bridge, then turn left and later left again into car park.
Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk
Dogs on lead permitted
Car parking & picnic facilities. Refreshments available in Belleek village – approximately 8km away.