Kilmore Quay Walking Trail

Kilmore Quay, County Wexford, Ireland

Kilmore Quay Walking Trail starts at Kilmore Quay. Steeped in maritime history, this fishing port, with quaint thatched cottages, a children’s playground and playful seals in the harbour is a hive of activity. Forlorn Point has some of the most ancient rock in Europe. A memorial garden dedicated to those lost at sea lies beside Ballyteigue Burrow’s 9 km of sand dunes abundant with flora and fauna. Just offshore, the unspoiled Saltee Islands are a haven for sea-birds, surrounded by abundant marine life. 

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. There are three main walking routes – along the beach, through the dunes, or on the path by the fence that separates the dunes from the adjoining farmland.

Walking along the shore provides the 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 bumblebee and the shrill carder bee.

Distance: 4.5 km (2.8 miles)

Ascent: negligible

Walking time: 1 hr

Waymarking: Purple

Grade: Easy

If you want to explore more Wexford walking trails, don’t miss our blog Best Walking Trails in County Wexford.

More information about the Kilmore Quay Walking Trail here