Autumn colours are starting to appear in Cork, and here’s where to find them

Temperatures in Ireland are starting to cool down after that glorious Indian summer we enjoyed last month, and that can only mean one thing: Autumn is well and truly under way!

It’s the season that brings in an array of spectacular foliage as trees go from green to bright red, orange and yellow, thanks to the magic of chlorophyll, so there’s no better time to slip on those walking shoes and take in those autumnal colour palettes.

While we may not always have the vast and varied displays that one would expect in places like, for example, the Canadian countryside, there are still plenty of places to enjoy the fall foliage Leeside:

The Marina

This is definitely one of the best spots to catch the autumn leaves. Situated along the water adjacent to Pairc ui Chaoimh, this scenic walkway takes approximately 30 minutes from end-to-end, and is just over 2.4km. Worked up an appetite? Check out the Cortado coffee van for delicious coffee and treats, just opposite the Atlantic pond.

Parking: Free

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Ballincollig Regional Park

If you’re looking for something with a little more variety (for the kids especially), then Ballincollig Regional Park is a safe bet. The Regional Park has several playing fields, a riverside walk, woodland trails, a skate park and seating areas, and it boasts some of the most stunning autumn foliage backdrops in Cork!

Parking: Free

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Castlemartyr Resort

This place is truly breathtaking at this time of year. With over 220 acres of woodland and beautifully kept grounds to explore, Castlemartyr is definitely one for the fall bucket list (be sure to pop into the bar afterwards for some Afternoon tea!)

Parking: free

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Fitzgerald Park

If you’re looking to stay a little closer to the city centre, check out Fitzgerald Park. Located on the Mardyke, this public park looks incredible all year round, especially autumn. This is the largest park in Cork city, and comes with a newly renovated playground, Cork Public Museum, and if you’re feeling peckish, The Natural Foods Bakery is situated inside.

Parking: paid public parking

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Rocky Road, Glanmire

Located next to Sallybrook is the Rocky Road walkway in Glanmire. This short walkway is just under a mile and takes you through the paved woodlands, under a canopy of gorgeous orange and yellow trees by the river.

Parking: paid street parking

Get directions here.

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