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, Earls of Shannon and Oliver Cromwell have all links here.

This woodland was once part of a larger demesne that originated around the latter end of the 17th century. If you consider the wood along with the wider grounds of the Hotel you can imagine times past when landscape architects such as Lancelot ‘Capability‘ Brown were engaged to style the countryside. The old names of Mitchells’ Wood, Barn Wood and Pigeon Wood refer back to this era.

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

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