Curraghbinny Woods, Co. Cork

Curraghbinny Woods, Co. Cork

This walk seems to be a very popular walk. Families and dog walkers used the late morning on Christmas eve for a walk and for a good reason. It is not only a picturesque hike but also interesting and a bit challenging.

Half the way you can walk along the waterfront and once you will reach the barrier, which separates the villas built along the shore, from the forest area, you have to walk up the hill. From this point, it is to recommend to wear good walking shoes. Don’t be afraid, it isn’t a huge gradient. Simply reduce your pace a bit and you will be up on the hill not being short of breath. Reaching the top 10 min earlier or later doesn’t make a huge difference in time. However, you might miss a few birds or squirrels.

Giant’s Grave

Once reached the top of the hill, you stand in front of a grave. From the board next to it, I learned that it was excavated in 1932 and is called the “Giant’s Grave”.

Curraghbinny, Giant's Grave description

From here, you have 2 options to go back to the car park. A longer and a shorter hike. The shorter way down is to the left and leads directly back to the car park if you keep right on the next T-crossing. The longer one to the right will lead you to the waterfront and you can go back to the car park that way.

Currabinny Woods, huge tree with large roots


How to come to Curraghbinny?

Either from Dunkettle Roundabout or from Kinsale Roundabout:

Take the N40 and take the exit Douglas (9) to follow N28 towards Carrigaline. Take the first exit towards Ringaskiddy and stay on N28. From here it is well signposted. At Shanbally Cross turn right to use R613. After a while, you have to turn left into L2496. Follow along the street and keep right all way down and you end up in the parking area.

GPS: 51°48′47″ N 8°17′48″ W

Sorry, for all who needs the public transport, because there is none.

2 thoughts on “Curraghbinny Woods, Co. Cork

  1. I visited Curraghbinny Woods today for the first time with a friend. Having left the cars in the Car Park, we walked down the path which ended in an exit gate leading to the houses at the end. On our return, we took a higher path as the one we had walked was quite muddy due to the rain and came to the top where we saw the Giant’s Grave. Two paths lead downwards from there and we were unsure which one to take to return to the Car Park. We ended up retracing our steps down the hill and returned the way we had come. It was very confusing. Surely better signage could be used for those unfamiliar with the woods, especially to give the direction back to the Car Park.

    walked as far as the exit gate leading to the houses. On our return, we took a higher path that came to the
    Giant’s Grave , believing we could return directly to the Car Park from there but got totally lost and had

    1. Hi Siobhan. I’m happy you enjoyed the walk as such. Believe me, I know exactly what you are talking about. This experience I made very often, when I decided to write my blog. Not only that the journey to walking areas is sometimes barely signposted, but sometimes also the walking area in specific. It is already better signposted as 2 years ago. Coillte is working to make the walking/hiking experience better. The pandemic has shown where the deficits lie. Enjoy your next walk. Kind regards Elisabeth

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