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 the wood is reopening on Monday 18th May.
The Merry Tree Restaurant, play area and arch is remaining closed. They will be selling takeaway coffee only and have done a substantial amount of work in the woods widening all their paths to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Please check for further updates on Covid 19 restrictions on the Rathwood Garden Centre website at www.rathwood.com or email email@example.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.