Rosslare Harbour Cliff Walk

Grade:         Easy

Distance:    3 km (1.9 miles)

Waymarking: Red

Trailhead:   Rosslare Harbour Viewing Point

Sat Nav: 52.2512, -6.3427

Parking:  Free car park at the trailhead and at the  playground

Trail Description

Rosslare Harbour Cliff Walk  starts at the Viewing Point overlooking Rosslare Ferryport. The early part of the trail looks down on the busy Europort. Ferries from Wales, France, Belgium and Spain dock continuously and load and discharge passenger traffic, freight and imported vehicles. On land, you will pass dwellings once used to house Coastguards, Lighthouse keepers or Lifeboat men’s families.

At the southern edge of the village, the path overlooks Moran’s Bay and the natural sand dunes below the cliff. Spot seals swimming playfully near the shore.

Just before the playground, the path divides. The Village Loop turns back through the village toward the trailhead at the Viewing Point. The Cliff Walk path continues straight on alongside Moran’s Bay towards Greenore Point. Tuskar Lighthouse stands proudly on the horizon while seabirds soar across the seascape.


Don't Miss...

    • The World War 2 observation posts and gun positions used by the military
    • The sandy beach, popular for both swimming and fishing
    • Watch out for hawks hovering over the dunes below in search of prey
    • The adult outdoor gym
    • The children’s playground

Useful Trail Information

OSI Discovery Map Series 77

Grid Reference:  T131 124

Ascent: negligible

Walking time:  45-60 minutes

Format: Linear

Multi-User Accessible Trail: Yes

Surface: Mixed surfaces


Start/Finish: Rosslare Harbour Viewing Point


Other Useful Information

Equipment Recommended: No special equipment required

Mobile Coverage: Generally Good

Picnic Area:  Picnic benches along the trail

Public Toilets:  

Facilities: There is a selection of retail, food and fuel services within the village and port.

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 the N25 towards Rosslare Harbour and continue until you arrive in Rosslare Harbour village. You will pass a supermarket on your left and a church on your right. After the supermarket, there is an exit on your left to the car park where the trailhead is located. (before you go down the hill into the port)

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