The wooded hill of Corrin is a prominent landmark for thousands of motorists that pass it each day on the M8 Cork to Dublin motorway. The hill rises from the surrounding plain to a height of 222 metres (728 feet) at the summit, from where there are spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.
Corrin Wood is a very historical site. The mound at the summit forms ‘Carn Thiernagh’ which dates back over 3000 years to the Bronze Age. The Druid Mogh Ruith is said to be buried here. Encircling the summit are the remains of a ring fort which dates to the early Iron Age. A large stone cross was erected on the peak in 1933. It makes an impressive appearance from the M8 when it is illuminated at night during Christmas and Easter celebrations. One can contemplate the Fourteen Stations of the Cross that can be found along the forest road to the summit. These represent the final events in the Passion of Christ.
Things to do
Picnics: There are a number of picnic tables in the car park
Walk: The Corrin Trail (4.5kms, 1.5 hours, Moderate) will take you 360° around the hill, offering great views but also the peace of the woodland.
Fish: The Blackwater River is closeby, please check locally regarding fishing permits
Explore nature: Corrin is a red squirrel haven! They alternate between the forest and the squirrel feeders in the golf course next door. Fallow deer pass through quite regularly & noisy buzzards are a familiar sight at the top.
Don’t miss our hidden gem
The hill of Corrin is so familiar to so many motorists that a trek up to the Cross should satisfy a lot of people’s curiosity. The 360° views from the top will not disappoint.