This short tree trail through Ballon Village passes by twelve Irish trees, each denoted with a plaque including willow, wild plum, hawthorn, oak, elder and many more. A lovely route, the walk takes you past many heritage buildings and cultural attractions along the Ballon Heritage Trail including the Church of St. Peter and Paul, the old graveyard, the Lecky family graveyard at Ballykealey, Ballon Hill, one of the most important sites in Ireland during the early bronze age period, and the Bull Tree on Main Street. Although it is more usual to plant ornamental tree varieties in village centres and housing estates, native trees attract more native birds and insects, and so increase biodiversity within the village.
FACILITIES: Ballon Village has a full range of visitor facilities including parking, shops and a café.
HOW TO FIND US: The walk starts outside the Old National School in Ballon. Follow the Ballon Tree Trail through the village on newly erected map boards. Tours for groups can be facilitated with prior notice.
OPENING TIMES: Daily. ADMISSION: Free.
Under the Government’s approved Phase 1 of easing of Covid-19 restrictions from Monday 18th May 2020, please note: The Ballon Tree Trail is open to the public.
Please check for further updates on Covid 19 restrictions on the Ballon Village website at www.ballonvillage.com and check the Carlow Tourism website.
Please continue to check the HSE website https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/news/newsfeatures/covid19-updates/ for further updates and continue to monitor our social media pages.