Follow the pathway of the forest, which leads you to two colour-coded looped walks (a red and a green) offering an excellent display of the various flora and fauna changing with each season. This developing coniferous woodland also offers samples of broadleaf trees including oak, beech, birch, larch and ash. The trail starts/finishes at the Grand Gates entrance to Castlemorris Wood, Aghaviller, Newmarket, Co.Kilkenny.
Entering through the Grand gates of Castlemorris, you will pass the Gate Lodge on the right hand side. Climb over the stile on the left-hand side and walk straight along path for red loop. Continue walking for approx 15 mins, until you come to an open space where there is a picnic table. Old out buildings are visible at the back entrance to what was Castlemorris house Courtyard. At this point the loops diverge. This trail continues right around the estate with views of the old out buildings. The Trail does not include passing through the old courtyard outbuildings. Walk along a narrow path at the side of the forest, at the end of this path, turn right. Continue to follow the signs until you exit the forest onto a minor public road. Turn left and continue to walk down the hill. Enter back into the forest at the end of the hill by turning left. Follow the signs to the area where you join with green route and follow the trail back to the Grand gates.
With the changing of the season so too the variety of flora change –see which of the following you can spot.
Bramble, fern, bracken, great woodrush, honeysuckle, holly, ivy, moss, bilberry, gorse, bluebell, cherry laurel, wood sedge, speedwell, foxglove, willow herb and raspberry.
The forest is the chosen habitat of a number of wildlife, including: the fox, badger, hare, rabbit, woodmouse, brown rat, grey squirrel, hedgehog and birds including the woodpidgeon, crow, magpie, blackbird, thrush, coal tit, willow warbler, wren, robin and goldcrest.
The forest at Castlemorris contain broadleaf species including: beech, oak, hazel, ash, sycamore, Spanish chestnut, birch, elm, poplar, rowan and hazel. Conifers include: the Sitka and Norway spruce, Japanese and European Larch, Scots pine and lodgepole pine, Douglas and silver fir, western hemlock, Lawson cypress.