Tara Hill Red Trail

Grade: Moderate

Distance:  5km (3.1 miles)

Waymarking: Red

Trailhead:  Car Park opposite Kilcavan Cemetery

Sat Nav: 52.7071, -6.21666

Parking: At the trailhead

Trail Description

The Red Trail or  Slí an tSuaimhnais begins from Tara Hill cemetery (Kilcavan Cemetery) just beyond the village itself where there is ample car-parking space. This trail brings you along atmospheric laneways which now and again open out to reveal the wonderful views of the mountains and coast.

Look out for a 1798 graveyard along the way. On the final sections of this walk you will notice the Stations of the Cross attached to the trees, where locals used to come and pray in remembrance of times past.

Don’t Miss…

  • Stunning views
  • Wild variety of flora 
  • Greenfields
  • Stations of the Cross

Useful Trail Information

OSI Discovery Map Series 62

Grid Reference: T 207 619

Ascent: 110m

Walking time:  1 hour

Format: Loop

Surface: Mixed

Gates/Stiles: No

Start/Finish: Trailhead

Equipment Recommended: Specific outdoor walking footwear and clothing required.


Other Useful Information

Mobile Coverage: Generally Good

Picnic Area: none

Public Toilets: none

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

Public Transport:  none

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Other Walking Trails Nearby

Tara Hill Blue Trail

Courtown Kiltennel

Courtown Wood

Ballyfad Woods

Croghan Mountain


Getting Here

Travelling on the M11, take Exit 22 for Gorey. At the Tinnock Roundabout at the end of the slip road take the second exit onto the Arklow Road toward Inch. After 1.4km, turn right onto the L5209 and continue for 3.5km. Kilcavan cemetery will be on your left and the car park on your right.

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