Ballyteige Burrow (Kilmore Quay)
Trail Name Ballyteige Burrow – Furlongs Road Loop
Designation Nature Reserve
Walking time 1-1.5 hours
OSI Discovery Map Series 77
Grid Reference S964 033 (Car Park behind harbour)
Sat Nav 52.17369, -6.58926
Of international conservation importance, Ballyteige Burrow or ‘The Burrow’ as it is locally known, is one of the finest sand dune systems in the South East. There are three main walking routes – along the beach, through the dunes, or on the path by the fence that separates the dunes from the adjoining farmland.
Walking along the shore provides opportunity to watch passing sea birds. Little terns occasionally nest on the beach at the western end. In the dunes, you will see meadow pipits, wrens, stonechats and linnets. In spring and autumn, wheatears and reed buntings pass through. In spring and early summer, the song of the skylark, a sound becoming scarce in much of the country, fill the dunes.
One of the few places in Ireland where the turf ant is found, there are also rare woodlice, snails, wasps and two of Ireland’s rarest bee species: the great yellow bumble bee and the shrill carder bee.
- An array of Flora & Fauna
- Found in abundance on the Burrow is the extremely rare plant, Wild Asparagus.
- Wild Thyme provides sweet scent and small purple flowers that carpet the Burrow in summer.
- Several species of wild orchid can be found which mostly bloom in spring and summer.
- Rare mosses and lichens grow here too.
- The wide variety of flowering plants, plus the extensive sunshine the south east enjoys, makes the Burrow an excellent place for butterflies and moths too.
- Spectacular Panoramic Views
As you walk, climb to the top of one of the higher dunes for spectacular panoramic view of the whole area take in Ballyteige Bay, Kilmore Quay, the Saltee Islands, Hook Lighthouse, Forth Mountain and Ballyteige Castle.
- Stunning sunsets over Ballyteige Bay
Nearest Town\Village: Kilmore Quay
Coming from Wexford: Follow the N25 to Rosslare Harbour. Approximately two miles after the Drinagh roundabout on the outskirts of Wexford, there is a signpost for the R739 to Kilmore Quay. Turn right here and follow the road to Kilmore Quay through Ballycogley and Kilmore village. Kilmore Quay is approximately three miles past Kilmore village.
Coming from Rosslare: Take the N25 to Wexford town. Pass through Kilrane, Tagoat and Killinick. Two miles after Killinick take a left turn onto the R739 signposted for Kilmore Quay. Follow the directions as above from here.
Coming from Waterford: Follow the N25 to Wexford and directions from Wexford as above. Alternatively take the Passage East Car Ferry to Ballyhack and follow the R733 through Arthurstown, Ramsgrange and Wellingtonbridge. A few miles past Wellingtonbridge, turn right at the petrol station onto the R738 and follow the road until you come to Kilmore Quay. It is approximately 40minutes drive from Ballyhack to Kilmore Quay.
From the car park beside the pier in Kilmore Quay, follow the promenade around by the Memorial Garden. Continue past the Memorial Garden towards the dunes and the path leads you onto the Ballyteige Burrow Trail.
Points to Note
- Some areas prone to becoming wet underfoot; suitable footwear required
- Tidal conditions may prevent completing the loop along the beach. In this case, return along the path you came.