TOP 5 FAIRY TRAILS IN WEST CORK
1. Dromillihy Woods, Leap
A fairy trail has sprung up in the Dromillihy Woods near Leap. Over 15 thoughtful installations have been spread out over the main 40 minute ‘Cellmount’ loopwalk. May is a magical time to visit as the forest is carpeted in bluebells.
2. Inish Beg Estate, Baltimore
The fairy houses at Inish Beg are set in the splendid 97 acre estate of which 42 acres are birdsong-filled woodlands. Walking the fairy trailwhich is situated in the west woodland garden -is a truly memorable experience of tree ferns, bamboo, ponds and bird hides. www.inishbeg.com
3. Dromkeen Woods, Inishannon
The Adderley Walk which begins at the main carpark at the Dromkeen Woods is a lovely moderate 20 minute loop walk and has a lot of fairy houses to discover. The woods have a lovely ancient feel to them and were first planted by Thomas Adderley in 1740, although a large portion of them were felled before the second world war
and new ones planted. A colourful forest to visit with beautiful views of the Bandon River below.
4. Rineen Woods, Union Hall
Rineen woods have the most authentic trail of fairy houses and it is delightful to hear cries of children through the woods ‘I found one’ – the fairy doors offer a lovely dimension into a family stroll and small people love to bring little offerings such as beads and buttons to leave as gifts for the fairies.
5. Mill’s Inn, Ballyvourney
Just over the River Sullane from the forest walkways, is a little Fairy Village in a garden beside the Mill’s Inn on the Main Road. Set in a square format, children can discover many different fairy houses at many different heights – some of the lowest dwelling fairies, as well as some of the highest. Also, a fairy house big enough to fit inside is a great find if you look hard enough.