Rathwood Forest Walks

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.

Covid 19

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 reception@rathwood.com 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.  

Contact Details

T: 059 915 6285
E: reception@rathwood.com
W: http://www.rathwood.com/


Tullow, Co. Carlow R93 X3F9


Latitude: 52.796597 | Longitude: -6.660739

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.

Opening Hours

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


Forest map guide, information board, car park located at Rathwood. Picnic benches available at the entrance to the forest.