Curragh Wood Loop

(Kilanerin Trails)

Grade:        Easy

Distance:   3.5km (1.9 miles)

Waymarking: White

Trailhead:   Curragh Wood entrance on L1009

Sat Nav:  52.7271, -6.2765

Parking: Trailhead or Kilanerin Village

Colclough Walled Garden

Trail Description

The Curragh Wood trail passes through acres of native mixed woodland. Among the native trees that can be seen are alder, ash, birch, hawthorn, oak, holly, willow, non-native beech, spruce and larch. In the Ballynestragh Estate, you can see Australian eucalyptus from the edge of the woods. In our four seasons, a variety of carpets are rolled out underfoot for the welcome walker. The colour and splendour are provided by bluebells, violets, ferns, rushes, foxgloves, wild orchids, and a wide magical range of fungi. With the gentle flowing sound of the Mill river that meanders its way through the woods coupled with the constant melodic music from the wide variety of birdlife occupying the trees and hedgerows, a great sense of serenity is created as you walk. The trail has an upper and lower level as it loops through Curragh Wood with wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.

Top Tip

Combine the loops of Kilanerin and Curragh woods to form a 6.5km  figure-eight walk, linked briefly by road and footpath.


Don't Miss...

  • Views of Australian Eucalyptus in the neighbouring Ballynestragh Estate
  • Views of the surrounding countryside
  • Wexford Lavender Farm

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Useful Trail Information

OSI Discovery Map Series 62

Grid Reference: T 166 654

Ascent: 20m

Walking time: 60 minutes

Format: Loop

Surface: Mixed Surfaces

Gates/Stiles: Yes, at entrance

Start/Finish:  Trailhead

Equipment Recommended:  Normal outdoor footwear.


Other Useful Information

Mobile Coverage: 

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Dogs: Dogs must be kept under control at all times. You must clean up after your dog if it fouls in a public place.

Getting Here

Take Exit 22 from Dublin/Wexford on the M11. At Tinnock Roundabout, take the exit onto Arklow Rd/R772 signposted Gorey town. In 180m (oppposite Green’s Berry Farm),  turn right onto the L1009 and continue for approximately 2.2km. At the apporach to the village the entrance to the Curragh Wood is on the right. Slightly futher along the road, on the left side is the entrance to Kilanerin Wood.

These trails are located in Coillte owned forests.

Wexford Walking Trails clg appreciates the support and co-operation of Coillte under their Open Forest Policy.

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