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  • Name
  • Grade
  • Easy
  • Distance
  • 1km 2km
  • Type
  • Loop
  • Estimated time
  • 20mins 40mins
  • Ascent
  • Gentle
  • Terrain
  • Woodland paths and tracks
  • Waymarking
  • Blue Arrows Red arrows
  • Parking and Trailhead
  • Villierstown Village and Villierstown Quay Villierstown Village and Dromana Woods
  • Trailhead OSI Map No, Grid Ref/GPS
  • Village: 81, X 102 929 52.08881; -7.85183 Quay: 81, X 096 926; 52.08606; -7.85941 Village: 81, X 102 929; 52.08881; -7.85183 Dromana Woods: 81, X 096 938; 52.09667; -7.86036
  • Minimum Gear
  • Runners, trekking shoes, rain gear, water, phone rain gear, water, phone
  • Dogs allowed
  • On a lead


Dromana Wells Walk is a way marked looped walk that takes the visitor through Dromana Wood. It has a variety of woodland habitats and beautiful views. Deer, fox, red squirrel and badger are in evidence in Dromana wood as well as uncommon bird species such as the Peregrine Falcon, Hobby and Osprey.

The Sailors Rock Walk can be accessed from the village of Villierstown and the quay. It is a looped woodland walk that takes in sections of the species-rich alluvial woodland beside the Blackwater River and a stand of Douglas fir. There are opportunities to view a variety of bird species on the river also. The ‘Sailors Rock’ is a cliff face inside the wood that is said to hold the wishes of many a sailor who passed by it along the River Blackwater. The main trailhead for both walks is the village of Villierstown, however there is some space for parking at Villierstown Quay (Sailors Rock Walk) and at Dromana Woods.

Did You Know

• River Blackwater Special Area of Conservation: The River Blackwater is tidal at Villierstown and is a habitat for many water birds including Heron, Egret, Cormorant, gulls and ducks. Other species such as Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail and Kingfisher can be occasionally seen and heard.

• Dromana Bridge and Gate House: This unique architectural feature was built in the 19th century and was inspired by the Brighton Pavilion to commemorate the wedding of Henry Villiers-Stuart. Dromana Bridge crosses the Finisk, a tributary of the Blackwater less than 5kms north of Villerstown in the direction of Cappoquin.

How To Get There

From Lismore/Cappoquin: Follow the N72 in the direction of Dungarvan and take the 1st right after Cappoquin GAA Club onto the L-2017, signposted to Villierstown. After 2kms follow the L-2012 south over Dromana Bridge for a further 5kms before reaching Villierstown.

From Dungarvan: Follow the N72 towards Cappoquin and Lismore for 12kms. Turn left at Junction with R671 in direction of Youghal and Clashmore (follow signs for Dromana Drive). After 5kms turn right onto L-2015 for a further 3.5kms before reaching Villierstown.