Cahermurphy (Cathair mhurchu In Irish), Lough Graney, and environs is sometimes collectively referred to as the 'Killarney' of County Clare. An unspoilt area of natural beauty, it was made famous by the poet Brian Merriman in 'Cuirt an Mhean Oiche', written in 1780.
Cahermurphy House was once the stately home of Arthur Knox, the famed traveller and writer. A stone caher (or stone fort) can still be seen from the road on the lands of the present owner. The site is known locally as the 'White Sands' because of the stretch of sandy lakeside shore on the edge of Lough Graney.
Cahermurphy Forest is close to a nature reserve and boasts 4km of scenic walks. There are opportunities for fishing and a lakeshore picnic site. Cahermurphy Forest is operated by Coillte, a state-owned company that runs a number of forestry areas throughout Ireland.
There is a car park at this forest park.
Look out for the viewing point with stunning views of Lough Graney.