Marlogue Woods is located on the south east of Great Island and bounds the Ballynacorra River and Cork harbour. It is a hidden gem with an old world feel that has much to offer including a variety of mature trees and tracks suitable for walking. The area originally carried old oak stands that were felled during World War I. Interestingly, old Ordnance survey maps refer to the wood as Walterstown Wood. This dates back to when the area was part of the Smith-Barry estate. Members of this family would have been also linked to Barryscourt Castle in Carrigtoohill and to Fota House. Indeed, John Smith-Barry enlarged Fota House in the 1820’s and used it as his main residence.
Today there are fine examples of old oak and beech trees, and a path down to the beach that provides views into Cork Harbour towards Rostellan, Whitegate Spike Island, Curraghbinny and Crosshaven.
This wood is well worth a visit!
Dogs are welcome on a leash. Some sections can become quite muddy and slippery after rain so take care during these months.
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