Distance 10km (6.2 miles)
Walking time 2.5 hours return journey
Waymarking none at present
OSI Discovery Map Series 77
Grid Reference 17/97
Sat Nav 52.2935, -6.58005
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, Saltees 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 view of Barntown, the Blackstairs Mountains and the west of the county as you follow the trail downhill.
- Shelmaliere Commons: Skeator Rock Viewpoint’s (‘Sceach Tor’ meaning ‘Bushy Summit’) 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 Quay and south of the county
- Tincurra: Views overlook Barntown, Blackstairs Mountains and the west of the county
- Forth Mountain in the 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, ravens, and foxes