Last Copies Remaining

Stopping by Woods

A Guide to the Forests and Woodlands of Ireland

By: Donal Magner

(4 customer reviews)


‘For those of you who are fond of walking and those of you who like getting into the woods and the forests deeper and deeper, this is the book for you. The feeling you get when reading it, is that you want to get out to those woods immediately and walk down their forest tracks.’ – Gay Byrne, RTE Lyric FM

Stopping by Woods is a fascinating guide to 340 forests and woodlands open to the public throughout Ireland. Donal Magner writes with a rare insight about forests he has worked in and visited over the years as a forester and journalist.The book is the first of its kind ever produced in Ireland and Europe, it is packed with information not only about forests and tree species, but their associated flora and fauna, history and heritage.

The book features all the forests featured in the State’s open forest policy now enshrined by Coillte, the Forest Service Northern Ireland and the National Parks and Wildlife Service. In his six-year journey the author has explored all our native and naturalized woodlands, and the State forests established since the beginning of the last century. Stopping by Woods is a celebration and record of this remarkable civic amenity.

This book will provide readers including students, specialist groups, historians and the general public with a deep understanding of Irish forests and their heritage. It is a book for our times, for people who care about our tree culture and about sustainable development.

Michael Viney from the Irish Times speaks about the book here





4 reviews for Stopping by Woods

  1. Lilliput Press

    “This book is a must for those interested in the Irish countryside. Very well researched and illustrated with maps and beautiful photographs. All 32 counties are well represented. The introduction includes a history of Irish forestry and a guide to the tree species in Ireland’s woodlands. Quite obviously a labour of love.” JGP

  2. Lilliput Press

    “This book is a good reference to almost all of the publicly owned (and publicly accessible) woodlands in Ireland, North and South. Each chapter covers a county, with a bit of history about each wood, details of the trees and any other features to be found there, and a description of the available walking routes. There is a little map of all the larger wods. There are directions to each wood, with OSI map numbers and grid references for the entrance or car park. There are also lots of excellent photos.
    There are one or two small problems: the county maps are a little out of date (e.g. they don’t show any of the recently completed Motorways) and there is no referewce to the fact that some of the car parks are permanently closed (although it does advise checking the opening times at Crone wood).
    Overall this is an excellent reference work for anyone who enjoys walking in forests or woodland.”

  3. Lilliput Press

    “First class catalogue of Irish trees.” MICOLE

  4. Lilliput Press

    “Great guide to the woodlands of the island of Ireland. This is a helpful and interesting gazetteer with some good background on Irish forestry and woodland history and practice.”

Add a review

Weight 1.5 kg
Publication Date




You may also like…