FORTH MOUNTAIN TRAIL
Distance: 10km (6.2 miles)
Walking time: 2hr
OSI Discovery Map Series 77
GRID REFERENCE: S 969 166
SAT NAV: 52.293, -6.580
Forth Mountain is a rock outcrop rising to a height of 780 feet (235m) just south west of Wexford town. No other mountain in Ireland can boast of 500-600 million-year-old rock, a pivotal location in the 1798 Rebellion, the remains of houses built in the early 1900s, a grotto, and a climb of almost 235m high. Shelmaliere Commons: The start of the trail in the New Line car park is very steep. You will pass Carrigatinna Rock on your right, one of many Cambrian quartzite mounds. Further on, the right track takes you out to Skeator Rock where panoramic views of the Wexford coastline include Rosslare, Our Lady’s Island, Saltee Islands, Hook Head lighthouse and across into Dunmore East and the Waterford estuary. In Pennylands, delightful viewing points include the Grotto and another near Clourane. The Tincurra trails are a gentler gradient and you can enjoy the picturesque views of Barntown, the Blackstairs Mountains and the west of the county as you follow the trail downhill.
- Shelmaliere Commons: Skeator Rock (The Irish Sceach Tor meaning Bushy Summit) viewpoint’s stunning views of Rosslare
and the Saltee Islands.
- Forth Commons / Pennylands: Clourane – views of the Blackstairs Mountains and north of the county. The Grotto, overlooking Kilmore and south of the county.
- Tincurra: Views overlook Barntown, Blackstairs Mountains and the west of the county.
- Forth Mountain in autumn. Spruce, pine and Japanese larch forest with rare lichens and heather and gorse in full bloom displaying the county colours of purple and gold. Animals and birds to spot include cuckoos, woodcocks, pheasants, raven and foxes.
Directions: From Enniscorthy, New Ross and Wexford town: Take the N25 to the Duncannon roundabout at Whitford House Hotel. Take the R733 exit for Duncannon. After approx. 6.5km, the entrance to the car park is on the right.
From Ramsgrange, Fethard and Bannow: Take the R733 to Wellingtonbridge. Continue on R733 for approx. 12.5km. Some 850m after Watt Breen’s Pub, the car park entrance is on the left.