The circular route through Glenan Wood is a cracker. It takes about 1 - 1.5 hours hours to complete the loop. Follow woodland and shore paths to Glenan Bay. It can be boggy underfoot and some clambering is required. Starting from the Glenan carpark, head across the grassy field and follow the path into the woods. At the junction, take the forest path and climb up until a view of the bay is revealed. Follow the path down until you reach another junction. Here, you can return v
Glenan Wood is rich in heritage and history. Sections of the woodland are marked on maps dating 1750 and 1860. Glenan Village is a deserted settlement deep in the wood with a number of ruined houses made of local stone. There are also, what some archaeologists interpret as, the remains of a chapel plus a cairn in the woods.
Glenan Wood's unique habitat is rich in flora and fauna. Adders, red squirrels, otters, bats, deer, pine martens and water voles all make their homes here, as do night jars, cuckoos, wood warblers, ravens, tawny owls and other birds. Rare lichens, moss, ferns and wild flowers thrive among the gnarled broadleaf trees, rocky outcrops and coastline.