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.
Rathwood Garden Centre and Rathwood Forest Walks reopened on Monday 18th May.
Garden Centre opening times: 11 am – 4 pm Monday to Friday, and 11 am – 5 pm. Saturday & Sunday
The Wood Shed Cafe is open daily 11 am – 4 pm Monday to Friday and 11 am to 5 pm Saturday & Sunday.
The Merry Tree Restaurant is open on Friday 9.30 to 4 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. The play area and arch is remaining closed. A substantial amount of work has been carried out in the woods widening all the paths to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Enjoy a picnic with the Three Bears and Goldilocks on the Teddy Bear Picnics , please check for booking details at www.rathwood.com
Please check for further updates on Covid 19 restrictions on the Rathwood Garden Centre website at www.rathwood.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 059 9156285 and check the Carlow Tourism website.
Please continue to check the HSE website https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/news/newsfeatures/covid19-updates/ for further updates and continue to monitor our social media pages.