Carne Trails 

Carne Trails are located on a headland in the very south east corner of Co Wexford. 

These coastal trails provide the walker not only with fabulous beaches, coastal rock formations and a treasure of flora and fauna  to explore, but also as you head inland you will come across historic churches and buildings dating back to 1820. 

Heron standing in the water at Carne Harbour

March 2024: Please note that some storm damage has occurred on the trail between Churchtown and Nethertown Beach. 

An advisory waymarker post is in place.  Please take care!


Getting Here

Coming from Wexford, take the N25 towards Rosslare Harbour. After you pass through Tagoat village, take the next right turn signposted Carne /Our Ladys Island. Carne is approximately 6Km from this junction. Follow the road to Our Ladys Island. Continue straight through Our Ladys Island village, keep right as you come to a sharp bend at the graveyard, follow the road until you reach Carne beach and harbour. 

Trail Grades

Trail grades give an indication of what to expect when out on a trail.  The grade will give an idea of  the level of fitness and ability required to use the trail.  

Before attempting a trail, it is important to consider the grading to ensure it matches your ability and level of fitness. 

Wexford Walking Trails are graded by Sport Ireland according to their criteria which is explained here. 


Flat smooth trails, suitable for all users including people with reduced mobility, wheelchair users, people with a vision impairment, using crutches, with a buggy, with small children, older people and so on. Normal outdoor footwear can be worn. Source : Sport Ireland


These trails may have some climbs and may have an uneven surface where the going is rough underfoot with some obstacles such as protruding roots, rocks, etc. The routes are appropriate for people with a moderate level of fitness and some walking experience.  Specific outdoor walking footwear and clothing is recommended. Source : Sport Ireland


Generally flat trails with a smooth surface and some gentle slopes or shallow steps. These trails are generally suitable for family groups including children and older people. Normal outdoor footwear can be worn. Source : Sport Ireland


These are physically demanding trails, which will typically have some sections with steep climbs for long periods and the going underfoot can be extremely rough including many obstacles.  Suitable for users accustomed to walking on rough ground and with a high level of fitness. Specific outdoor walking footwear and clothing required. Source : Sport Ireland