Carrickbyrne Hill is a historic and scenic 5km long forest trail with multiple viewing points. The hard volcanic outcrop that resisted the weathering process now stands out on the rather flat landscape. The rocks were formed during a period of volcanic activity about 400 million years ago. Carrickbyrne Hill was once part of the Jeffares Estate. The oak wood is known locally as ‘Camp Field’. During the 1798 rebellion the insurgents gathered here before marching towards New Ross.
The trees are mainly coniferous – an international gathering, with representatives from Europe and North America including Douglas fir from Vancouver, Japanese larch from the east and native Scots pine. You will also find oak, beech, ash, rowan, and Spanish chestnut. On the trail through the forest one might spot a fox, rabbit, hare or hear the blackbird and thrush. Laurel, bramble and heather form the main ground cover of the wood.