Welcome to Tara Hill. With over 10 kilometres of walking trails on offer, Tara Hill gives panoramic views up and down the Wexford/Wicklow coastline. A variety of flora and fauna in abundance, the keen-eyed walker will sometimes spot the sparrow hawk and kestrel. Steeped in history, the Battle of Tara Hill was fought on the evening of 26 May 1798.

Tara Hill is located northeast of Gorey between Ballymoney and Castletown.
The Coillte car park is located on the L5029 close to Kilcavan cemetery at the entrance to the forest, both trails can be accessed from here.

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There are two walking trails in Tara Hill, and they can both be accessed from the forest car park, by walking up the forest road and joining them on your way and then doing the loops.

TARA HILL RED TRAIL Grade: Moderate Distance:  5km (3.1 miles) Waymarking: Red

This trail brings you along atmospheric laneways which now and again open out to reveal the wonderful views of the mountains and coast.

Look out for a 1798 graveyard along the way. On the final sections of this walk you will notice the Stations of the Cross attached to the trees, where locals used to come and pray in remembrance of times past.

TARA HILL BLUE TRAIL Grade: Moderate Distance: 4km (3.4 miles) Waymarking: Blue

The more demanding Blue Trail or Slí na n-Óg trail, brings you on a walk which encompasses not just the higher slopes of Tara Hill itself, but its fascinating historical past.

Along the way you will encounter the remains of a famine village, Soldier’s Hollow, Table Rock and on the summit, the cairn. This cairn has the crow’s-foot mark showing it was part of a military survey, using its height to provide possible defence in times of invasion.

From this position can be seen Croghan in the northwest,  to the east over the sea Mount Snowdon in Wales, and Oulart Hill further south.


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Walking trails

Car park with space for 10 cars

Trail map

Nearby pit stops

Gorey town