Heritage Trail

Ellen Hutchins Heritage Trail – map, leaflet and audio guide 

Download a copy of the self guided trail map and leaflet, with nine stops round the area of Bantry Bay that Ellen lived and botanised in  here. Hard copies of the free leaflet are available in Bantry Library,  Bantry Tourist Office  and other local outlets.

For a richer experience you can also download a free copy of the audio guide to the trail here. This expands on the information contained in the leaflet and brings Ellen’s story to life through actors who beautifully read extracts from her letters. The audio guide was produced by Abarta Heritage.

An interactive Story Map showing the locations in the leaflet and with links to each audio file is available here.

More about the Ellen Hutchins Trail

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.