Good to Know
Sat Nav: 52.172256, -6.591068
OSI Discovery Map Series: 77
Grid Reference: S 965 032
Guided Tours: N
Contact: Stella Maris Centre
Tel/Mob: 053 912 9922
Free WiFi available a the Stella Maris Centre
The promenade and harbour area are wheelchair accessible. Beach wheelchairs are available at the Stella Maris Centre (also fully accessible.)
Creations By Annette Whelan
The Forge Craft & Design Centre
- 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.
- As you walk the Burrow, climb to the top of one of the higher dunes for a spectacular panoramic view of the whole area taking in Ballyteigue Bay, Kilmore Quay, the Saltee Islands, Hook Lighthouse, Forth Mountain and Ballyteigue Castle.
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 9km 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.
An ideal stop-off point along the Eurovelo route.
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 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
Furlongs Rd Loop
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.
Distance: 4.5km (2.8 miles)
(full length of the dunes is approx. 16km return but waymarked trail is only 4.5km return)
Walking time: 1hr
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 behind the harbour.