Heritage Trail

Ellen Hutchins Heritage Trail – map, leaflet and audio guide 

The Ellen Hutchins Heritage Trail provides an opportunity to discover the fascinating story of the short but remarkable life of Ireland’s first female botanist, who was born in Ballylickey, Bantry Bay, in 1785. Follow in Ellen’s footsteps, and explore the beautiful area of West Cork that inspired her pioneering work on plants.

Visit Ballylickey, where Ellen was born, Garryvurcha Graveyard, where she is buried in an unmarked grave, and many of Ellen’s favourite places for plant hunting including the extensive oak woods in Glengarriff Nature Reserve, the green gem that is Whiddy Island, the windswept shores of Bantry Bay and the wild Caha Mountains.

It is intended that you drive or cycle between the trail stops, but at each location there are opportunities to walk and explore the area. For example, there’s the 5km Coorycommane loop walk in Coomhola, rambles along the seashore at Snave or Blue Hill, woodland trails in Glengarriff, a chance to explore the old Garryvurcha graveyard or an adventurous mountain climb up Hungry Hill.

Download a copy of the trail map and leaflet here. Hard copies of the leaflet will be available in Bantry Tourist Office and other local outlets.

To enrich your experience of the trail, download a copy of the audio guide to the trail here. The audio guide, produced by Abarta Heritage, expands on the information contained in the leaflet and brings Ellen’s story to life through actors who beautifully read extracts from her letters.