Castlemartyr Woods are located on the outskirts of Castlemartyr village which is located on the N25 between Midleton and Youghal in Co. Cork.

Site Description

Castlemartyr or Baile na Martra 'town of the martyrdom' hints at the village's eventful history.  Tales of sieges, hangings, wild boars, lepers, knights, Earls, illustrious and infamous names such as Sir Walter Raleigh, the Boyle Family and Oliver Cromwell have all occurred here.    

The woodland itself, which is comprised of two parts, was once part of a larger demesne that originated around the latter end of the 17th century.  The style can be largely attributed to landscaping work that was carried out in the 18th century using the style of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown - a distinguished English landscape architect.  The Mansion House, now a hotel, was also built around this time, it is visible across the lake from the Pigeon Wood property.  

The old names of Mitchells' Wood, Barn Wood and Pigeon Wood refer back to when Castlemartyr Woods within the context of the estate, was divided into various spaces with its own characteristics.  

Today there are two looped trails for walkers to enjoy in these woods.  Both trails are graded as easy and both offer escapism into nature.  

Castlemartyr Features

Picnic Site, Walking Trails,

How do I get there?

From Cork City take N25 heading east past Midleton, the 1st of the two properties is located off the N25 approx. 300m from the village on the western approach.  The 2nd property can be located by continuing into the village as far as the traffic lights at the bridge, turn right and continue for approx. 750 m to the forest barrier on the right.

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Contact Info

Contact name:John Galvin