Marlogue wood is located on the south east of Great Island and bounds the Ballynacorra River and Cork harbour. It is a hidden gem with an old world feel that has much to offer including a variety of mature trees and tracks suitable for walking. The area originally carried old oak stands that were felled during World War I. Interestingly, old Ordnance survey maps refer to the wood as Walterstown Wood. This dates back to when the area was part of the Smith-Barry estate. Members of this family would have been also linked to Barryscourt Castle in Carrigtoohill and to Fota House. Indeed, John Smith-Barry enlarged Fota House in the 1820’s and used it as his main residence.
This wood is well worth a visit!
Things to do
Walk: There are a number of forest roads and tracks running through the forest that allow for both a forest and harbour experience.
Scenic drive: The drive along the coastline of Great Island, passing Belvelly tower house to the Wood is ‘stop the car’ gorgeous.
Explore nature: There is an impressive stand of Monterey pine on the shoreline to the eastern end of the property.
Don’t miss our hidden gem
One should definitely take the opportunity to explore down to the shoreline as there are wonderful views out across Cork Harbour. Further along up the estuary there are views across the river to East Ferry and beyond.