Archive for November, 2011

A wonderful walk through the woods at Warrenscourt near Crookstown in Cork

November 27, 2011

These woods belong to Coillte and are located about 2km south of the N22 near Kilmurry.  The trail takes about one hour to complete and is a really enjoyable walk especially for anybody with dogs and/or children.  The Buingea river flows through part of the forest and there are a good few picnic tables.  The woods were once part of the Warrenscourt Demesne of which a stable yard and man made lake are both visible at stages along the trail.  I haven’t discovered much about the history of the demesne so if you read this and you know all about when it was sold, burnt etc, I would love to hear about it.

There are some old oak trees as well as douglas fir, spruce, scots pine etc which were all planted in the 1960s.  Some felling took place earlier in the year.

The Kilmurry entrance to the Warrenscourt walk

The Kilmurry entrance to the Warrenscourt walk

One of the picnic benches at Warrenscourt

One of the picnic benches at Warrenscourt

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warrenscourt

The Buingea River through warrenscourt woods

The Buingea River through warrenscourt woods

The man-made lake at Warrenscourt near Macroom, Cork

The man-made lake at Warrenscourt near Macroom, Cork

Enjoying Warrenscourt woods

Enjoying Warrenscourt woods

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Charles Fort in Kinsale

November 4, 2011

Charles Fort in Kinsale is well worth a visit.  The entrance price is very reasonable and the grounds are extremely well kept by the Office of Public Works.  Construction of the fort commenced in 1678 and it continued in military use until 1922.  It was built in such a strategic location in Kinsale to protect the interests of the British Crown.  With such a defence, it would have been very difficult for enemy vessels to enter the port.   I was really surprised at the number of buildings still standing.

The views from the battlements out over Kinsale harbour and out to sea are superb.    The site has a cafe and a couple of museums both very well laid out.  You could definitely spend well over an hour walking around this site.

Charles Fort Ruins

Charles Fort Ruins

Inside the Museum at Charles Fort

Inside the Museum at Charles Fort

Charles Fort Museum

Charles Fort Museum

Ruins at Charles Fort

Ruins at Charles Fort