Dromkeen Wood was planted in 1740 by Thomas Adderley the landlord of Inishannon at the time. Adderley had planted this wood with contrasting trees so that his name was written across the hillside overlooking the village. He set up many industries in the village including a Bleach linen industy. To preserve his business interests from local marauding tribes Adderley had his own army whom he dressed in black uniforms trimmed with yellow and were known as the” Inishannon Blackbirds”. Each April sometimes going into May, this wood turns into a bluebell wonderland and people come from all over to admire its steep slopes and valleys clothed in blue.
Things to do
Walk: The Adderley Walk (750m, 20 mins, Moderate) is a short but rewarding muscle stretcher that gives the walker lovely views of the river & village but also brings you into the heart of the wood.
Fish: Fishing in the Bandon River, enquire locally regarding permits and licenses.
Scenic drive: The road from Inishannon to Kinsale skirts the Bandon River for much of the route with some absolutely stunning views and vistas along the way.
Explore nature: This is an old woodland site that has many interesting flora and shrubs. Red squirrels are seen frequently for those who are quiet enough.
Don’t miss our hidden gem
The views out over the Bandon River and the village of Inishannon beyond are captivating.