On The QT

Currabinny Woods, Cork

Blogger: Lauren Lucy Crowley 

January is here and so it’s the perfect time to get out and get active… but have you ever wanted to go for a walk and just couldn’t quite decide where to go?! Here at Ontheqt we recently took a trip to Currabinny woods and we highly recommend it!

Located approximately 6km south of Carrigaline, jutting into Cork harbour, it is the perfect spot to escape reality and get lost in the woods for a while… (which is quite literally what happened to us!)

 The windy roads leading down to the woods have a sense of wanderlust about them, and on pulling into the car park and stepping out of the car surrounded by a thick dense forest, I felt instantly relaxed.

 As with most forest walks, there were many different paths to choose from… of course we took the one less travelled by! J We took the first left out of the car park, which was beautiful as much of our walk was along the water’s edge!

 We strolled along the paths which were open and windy, sprinkled with the last of the autumn leaves, admiring the spectacular views. The woods have a unique location situated on a promontary overlooking Cork harbour, Lough Beg, the mouth of the Owenabue River and the village of Crosshaven.

 Although we lost our way, it was all part of the fun! We came across Currabinny Cairn which is known locally as the Giants grave, and we built sometime around the Bronze Age!

 We were out walking over an hour, and in that time we barely met a single other person! Instead it felt as though we were immersed in nature… especially when we found these birds’ nests in the trees overhead!

 So…. next time you’re looking for the perfect place to go for a nice relaxing walk be sure to think of Currabinny woods!


  • From Cork city, take the N28 toward Carrigaline/ Ringaskiddy, following all signs for the car ferry in Ringaskiddy.
  • Just as you enter Ringaskiddy, take the second exit on the roundabout turn off to the right, and proceed on this road for approximately 2km.
  • Immediately after the entrance to Novartis, turn right and stay on this narrow road.
  • After several kilometres you will reach the woods on your left!

Enjoy your trip!

1 Comment

  1. Does this walk connect up with monks town to cork railway walk

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