Trailhead: Harbour Car Park
Sat Nav: 52.172256, -6.591068
OSI Discovery Map Series 77
Grid Reference: S 965 032
Parking: Harbour Car Park (free parking)
Of international conservation importance, Ballyteigue Burrow or the Burrow as it is locally known, is one of the finest sand dune systems in the South East.
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.
- The Flora and Fauna: 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, make the Burrow an excellent place for butterflies and moths.
- The Views: Spectacular panoramic view of the whole area taking in Ballyteigue Bay, Kilmore Quay, the Saltee Islands, Hook Lighthouse, Forth Mountain and Ballyteigue Castle.
- The wonderful seafood available in all the local food outlets.
Useful Trail Information
Distance:4.5 km (2.8 miles) *
*The waymarked looped trail is only 4.5km return. However, the full length of the dunes at the Burrow is approx. 16km return.
Walking time: 1 hour
Surface: Mixed surfaces including sandy beach
Start/Finish: Harbour Car Park
Other Useful Information
Mobile Coverage: Generally Good
Picnic Area: Beside the Harbour Car Park
Public Toilets: Beside the Harbour Car Park
Dogs: Dogs must be kept under control at all times.
You must clean up after your dog if it fouls in a public place.
Public Transport: Daily Bus from Wexford town, see Wexford Bus timetable for latest information.
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 adjacent to the harbour.