Rath Wood Forest Walk offers gentle walks for all ages from a short leisurely wheelchair accessible path to the longer looped Molloy walk. Rath Wood offers a sanctuary for many mammals, birds and insect species within its 185 acre boundaries. The forest contains a great variety of tree species including beech, oak, Sitka spruce, Norway spruce, birch, Douglas fir and alder. The historical feature of Rathgall Hillfort which dates back to 800 B.C. is also located nearby.
FACILITIES: Coillte forest walks – wheelchair/child buggy with seating at regular intervals. Woodland map guide, toilets and restaurant available at Rathwood. Information and bridge entrance to woods via car park.
HOW TO FIND US: 10 km from Altamont Gardens. From Dublin/Waterford take exit 4 on M9 motorway. Follow signs for Castledermot, and then take the R418 to Tullow. Rathwood is located on the R725 Tullow to Shillelagh Road, 5km from Tullow Town.
OPEN: Monday – Saturday including Bank Holidays 9.30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 11a.m. – 6 p.m.
Rathwood Garden Centre and Rathwood Forest Walks reopened on Monday 18th May.
Garden Centre opening times: 11 am – 4 pm Monday to Friday, and 11 am – 5 pm. Saturday & Sunday
The Wood Shed Cafe is open daily 11 am – 4 pm Monday to Friday and 11 am to 5 pm Saturday & Sunday.
The Merry Tree Restaurant is open on Friday 9.30 to 4 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. The play area and arch is remaining closed. A substantial amount of work has been carried out in the woods widening all the paths to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Enjoy a picnic with the Three Bears and Goldilocks on the Teddy Bear Picnics , please check for booking details at www.rathwood.com
Please check for further updates on Covid 19 restrictions on the Rathwood Garden Centre website at www.rathwood.com or email email@example.com or phone 059 9156285 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.