Rostellan is located 10 km from Midleton on R630 adjacent to Rostellan Village.

Site Description

he name Rostellan - Ros toileán (island promontory) is probable derived from its location, hidden deep in the East Cork coastline overlooking Cork Harbour. The wood lies on flat fertile ground with a small public road running through the southern section.  The wood covers an area of approximately 71.5 hectares (177 acres) and has large coastal frontage on to  Cork Harbour to the north and west. The southern section of the wood lies adjacent to Rostellan Lake;  this lake is famed for its bird life and attracts large numbers of bird watchers all year round. Beautiful views of Cork Harbour can be seen from the Wood;  to the west, Great Island can be seen and the historical town of Cobh also clearly visible.  Looking to the south can be seen the ESB's Aghada Electricity Generating Station, powered by gas it has a capacity of 540Mw.  A little further south can be seen Whitegate Oil Refinery, which supplies up to 40% of Ireland's fuel needs.  Access to the wood is from the car park with  walks of up to 1.5 km which are flat and easy and can be enjoyed by all ages - young and old. A great diversity of tree species can be seen e.g. oak, ash, beech, sycamore, Spanish chestnut, alder, birch, eucalyptus, Norway spruce, Sitka spruce, Scots pine, Japanese larch and Monterey pine. Other flora include hazel, holly, bramble ad a wide variety of plants associated with this woodland. Regeneration of the wood is ongoing and recent clearfelling of conifer areas have been replaced with broadleaves and native conifers. Fauna to be seen include the fox, rabbit, hare, stoat, badger and red squirrel. There is also a great variety of birdlife. History:
Rostellan wood was part of Rostellan Castle Estate.  Rostellan Castle was demolished in 1920s. Rostellan Bridge, adjacent to wood, incorporates a rare example of a complex 18th. century milestone. There is also an 18th. century folly tower (partly in ruin) at the western point of wood on edge of seashore which was built by Lord Inchiquin in honour of the actress, Sarah Siddons, who was a famous actress in Drury Lane for 20 years during the latter part of the 18th. century. Another feature to be seen in the wood is an underground ice-house.  These ice houses were the cold rooms of by-gone days which were apparently used for keeping meat and fish in storage over time.  They were located close to lakes and ponds where ice could be collected and used in the cooling process for food preservation.  Note: Opens all year round at 8.00 a.m.; closes at 6.00 p.m. winter and 10.00 p.m. summer.

Rostellan Features

Archaeological, Walking Trails, Car Parking,

How do I get there?

Take the R630 from Midleton to Whitegate road.  After passing through the village of Saleen, continue for 1 km  to next cross roads - Whitewell Cross.  Take a right exit which will lead you directly to the wood entrance and car park approximately 1 km further on.

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No of car spaces:15
Car park opens:8am
Car park closes:6pm (winter), 10pm (summer)
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Contact Info

Contact name:John Galvin