BALLYTEIGE BURROW, KILMORE QUAY
(FURLONGS ROAD LOOP)
Distance: 4.5km (2.8 miles) (full length is approx. 16km return but marked trail only 4.5km)
Walking time: 1hr
OSI Discovery Map Series 77
GRID REFERENCE: S 965 032
SAT NAV: 52.173, -6.589
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 seabirds. 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, fills 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.
- Found in abundance on the Burrow is the extremely rare 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,m ake the Burrow an excellent place for butterflies and moths.
- As you walk, climb to the top of one of the higher dunes for a spectacular panoramic view of the whole area taking in Ballyteige Bay, Kilmore Quay, the Saltee Islands, Hook Lighthouse, Forth Mountain and Ballyteige Castle.
Directions: From Enniscorthy, New Ross and Wexford town take the N25 towards Rosslare Harbour. Turn right on the R739 and follow the signs to Kilmore Quay. Parking is available in the village behind the harbour. Follow the promenade around, past the Memorial Garden, to the Burrow Viewing Point where the walk begins.