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Windfarm Loop
Bunclody, Co. Carlow
Free car parking
Free to visit
This loop is one of two National Loops in Kilbrannish Woods which also accommodates part of the long-distance South Leinster Way. The wood predominantly comprises spruce, fir, larch and pine. Vantage points provide magnificent views of the surrounding lowlands, Mount Leinster with its mast tower, and the Blackstairs Mountains. The turbines of a windfarm situated on the summit of nearby Greenoge Hill, are also visible and have an estimated annual output to supply the electrical needs of about 4500 people.

A-B. Starting from trailhead, follow the green (and purple) arrows out the back of the car park and uphill to join a forestry road at a metal barrier. The purple arrows are for the longer Kilbrannish Loop. Turn right here and travel 100m to reach a 3-way junction. This is the point from which the loop proper begins - proceed straight on. [Note that, for now, you are also following the yellow arrows of the South Leinster Way - a long distance route. You will leave it at the next junction.]

B-C. Follow the forestry road for almost 1km to reach another 3-way junction. Note that the South Leinster Way goes straight here - but you turn left following the green and purple arrows.

C-D. Continue to follow the forestry road as it ascends through the forestry on the shoulder of Kilbrannish Hill. After 500m you reach a T-junction where the longer Kilbrannish Loop turns right - but you turn left and begin to descend toward the trailhead.

D-E. The loop descends for 600m more to reach another 3-way junction where it rejoins the purple loop on it’s way back. Turn sharp left here.

E-B-A. Levelling off now, you reach the 3-way junction mentioned at A-B above. This time turn right and enjoy the last 100m back to the trailhead.

Trail details

Walking Trail
Kilbrannish Loops
Dogs allowed:
    Time:1 hour
    Nearest town start:Bunclody
    Nearest town finish:Bunclody
    Start point:Kilbrannish Woods car park
    Finish point:Kilbrannish Woods car park
    Waymarking:Green arrow on yellow background
    Facilities:Car park, picnic facilities
Contact details
Unnamed Rd Co., Kilbrannish North, Co. Carlow, Ireland
Leave no trace
  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Be considerate of others
  • Respect farm animals and wildlife
  • Travel and camp responsibly
  • Leave what you find
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Protect nature from fire
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