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Carrickbyrne Hill (Carraig Bhrain), a Coillte forest, is noted for its aesthetic and recreational value. The geology of the hill is Ordovician Volcanic Felsites and Rhyolites; these rocks were formed during volcanic activity some 400m years ago.
Carrickbyrne Hill features four looped trails individually waymarked – starting at the trailhead in the main car park / picnic area. These routes provide 18 km of mixed forest trails, offering peace, tranquillity and breathtaking views of Mount Leinster, the Blackstairs and the surrounding countryside.
This area was once part of the Browne-Clayton Estate and an important landmark during the 1798 Rebellion. United Irish insurgents, under the command of Beauchamp Bagenal Harvey, camped in an area within the forest known locally as ‘Camp Field’ for four days prior to the Battle of New Ross.
Other important historical landmarks include the site of a hedge school and a mass rock on the north eastern slopes. Significant archaeological sites in the forest include standing stones, a forge, a cave, and the site of a castle.
Full details and map can be found here: Wexford Walking Trail – Carrickbyrne Hill
Opening Times: All year round
Entrance Fee: Free