Glenabo Wood – Gleann na Bó – The Glen of the Cow. The name is derived from the famous white backed cow who used to graze in the area. According to folklore, a monster used to waylay the cow and take her milk. The monster was eventually tracked down and killed by Fionn MacCumhaill’s famous hound, Bran.
The wood lies in a narrow glen through which flows a small stream. This stream forms one of the many tributaries of the River Blackwater which flows through Fermoy. The mixed nature of the wood in terms of tree species makes this very pleasant for walking.
Things to do
Walk: A section of the Blackwater Avondhu, a long-distance walking trail passes, through the wood. There is also a looped forest road in the wood that is well worth exploring.
Explore nature: Red squirrels frequent this wood, feeding on the hazel and beech nuts.
Don’t miss our hidden gem
The section of the Blackwater Avondhu Way that runs from Fermoy, through Glenabo onto Ballyhooly is particularly beautiful and is well recommended.