Carrigfadda, or An Charraig Fhada in Irish, can be translated to mean the Long Rock. This forest sits on a hill of some 313 metres high. It is one of the most imposing areas of high ground along that particular stretch of West Cork coastline. It is immediately recognisable and widely used as a reference point by people travelling on land and sea. There is a 7 m high Marian Cross close to the top that was erected in the 1950’s. The views from which are truly magnificent on clear days. Galley Head Lighthouse, the Old Head of Kinsale, Cape Clear, Mount Gabriel, Mushera mountain can all be seen given the right conditions. For generations the Hill at Carrigfadda, which is composed of old red sandstone, has played its role in the history, mythology and culture of the area. It is a local tradition to climb the hill during the Christmas Season. On a good day, you will not be disappointed.
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The Carrigfadda Hill Walk (3.7 kms, 2 hours, strenuous) is a muscle stretching climb that rewards with the most magnificent views of the surrounding countryside and coastline as you ascend. There is respite half way up with seats beside the trail before you reach the Marian cross and the Trig point that marks the peak of the hill. Views on a clear day are just stunning.
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Absolutely stunning views from the top of the hill of some of the most beautiful coastline in the world.