Rath Wood Forest Walks extend over 4 kilometres and were carefully designed at Rathwood to include a short leisurely wheelchair accessible walk to a pond and a longer looped ‘Molloy Walk’ with seating at regular intervals. This forest is a valuable and rewarding educational tool, given the vast ecological resources of flora, wildlife and tree species contained within its 185 acre boundaries. Rath Wood offers a sanctuary for many mammals, birds and insect species. Expect to see deer, rabbits, mink, foxes, pheasants and dragonflies among others. The forest contains a great variety of tree species including beech, oak, sitka spruce, norway spruce, birch, douglas fir and alder. Take a pleasant stroll across the natural beauty of Rath Wood and discover a landscape rich in geology, archaeology and wild life.
Train rides around the forest are available from Rathwood. Visitors can also enjoy a stroll through the Maze of Ireland.
The historical feature of Rathgall Hillfort which dates back to 800 B.C. is located nearby. Call into Rathwood’s Fáilte Ireland visitor information point for a forest map, brochures on Rathgall and surrounding tourist attractions.
Forest map guide, information board,car park located at Rathwood. Picnic benches available at the entrance to the forest.
Toilets, restaurant and shopping available at Rathwood.
HOW TO FIND US:
5km from Tullow town or 9km from Shillelagh, on the R725 off the R448, N11 or N81 or exit 4 off the M9 from Dublin and
take the R418 from Castledermotinto Tullow town.At the top of the town, take the R725 Tullow to Shillelagh Road.
GPS: 52.796597, -6.660739
CAR PARK OPEN:
Rathwood is open 7 days 9.30am to 6pm weekdays and 11am to 6pm on Sundays.
FREE admission to Rath Wood Forest Walks. Admission fee applies to the Maze of Ireland.