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  • Name
  • Grade
  • Moderate Easy
  • Distance
  • 6km 3.5km
  • Type
  • Loop
  • Estimated time
  • 1hr 40mins 1hr 15mins
  • Ascent
  • 100m 80m
  • Terrain
  • Woodland tracks, paths and forestry roads
  • Waymarking
  • Purple arrows Green arrows
  • Parking and Trailhead
  • Colligan Wood car park
  • Trailhead OSI Map No, Grid Ref/GPS
  • 82, X 214 973; 52.12774, -7.68761
  • Minimum Gear
  • Trekking shoes, rain gear, water, mobile phone
  • Dogs allowed
  • On a lead


Colligan wood lies in a beautiful scenic valley through which the River Colligan flows and enters the sea at Dungarvan Bay. There are steep wooded glens on each side of the river. Spoilt for choice, the visitor has the option to picnic, jog or amble the way marked walks that are on offer. Colligan is a beautiful mixed woodland with a number of lovely viewing points of the surrounding area including Dungarvan Harbour and Helvick Head in the distance.

There are numerous forest tracks and paths along the riverside and through the mixed woodland of conifers and broad leaves. Two of these walks are marked trails with river, woodland and wonderful views as the backdrop to your walk or jog. Many trees around the picnic site and along the walks have been labeled for easy identification. Norway spruce, Western hemlock, Japanese larch, Sitka spruce, oak, ash, beech, maple and birch are the main tree species here. See how many you can recognise!

Did You Know

• The town land of Colligan, An Coilligeán means hazel abounding place.

• The Colligan River is a salmon spawning river with sea trout also to be seen.

• Because of the many clearings and deciduous trees, an excellent selection of woodland flora is present such as wood sorrel, wood rush, heather, blueberry and bilberry.

How To Get There

Colligan Wood is approximately 7km from Dungarvan. Take the R672/N72 towards Clonmel/Lismore. At Master McGrath Monument turn right on the R672 in the direction of Clonmel. After 1km turn right towards Colligan. The trailhead and parking is on your left after a further 1 km.

From Lismore: Take the N72 towards Dungarvan. Turn left at Master McGrath monument onto R672 in direction of Clonmel. Then follow instruction above.

From Clonmel/Ballymacarbry: Take the R672 towards Dungarvan. Turn left at junction with L5103 in direction of Colligan. The trailhead and parking is on your left after 1 km.