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As part of the dlr Summer of Heritage 2015 programme, and in association with the Dublin Mountains Partnership, you can enjoy a guided walking tour of Barnaslingan Wood, Carrickgollogan and the Ballycorus Lead Mines. This 2-hour walk (one per day) will take place every Sunday from the 5th of July, with the last one on the 6th of September, and must be booked in advance.DMP logo

To book your place, please e-mail heritage@dublinmountains.ie

This route follows part of the Dublin Mountains Way (DMW). You can see the new DMW leaflet here.

Please note that this is an outdoor event and will take place over rough terrain, so suitable footwear should be worn. The meeting point at the start of the tour is the car park at Barnaslingan Wood.


View over Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown from the Dublin Mountains (Carrickgollogan)

View over Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown from the Dublin Mountains (Carrickgollogan)

Barnaslingan, which means top of the shoulder blades, is a hill (238m) in the Dublin-Wicklow Mountains, about 1.5km south of Kilternan. It includes The Scalp, which is a narrow glacial valley.

Carrickgollogan is a hill (276m) about 2.6k south of Kilternan village, in the Dublin-Wicklow Mountains with great panoramic views towards the sea from Howth, over Dalkey, Killiney, Shankill, and Bray, down to North Wicklow and mountains like War Hill, Djouce, the Sugarloaf and Duff Hill.

The Lead Mines at Ballycorus opened around 1807 and operated until they were closed in 1913. For the last part of the 19th Century and the 20th century, Ballycorus operated as a smelting facility, rather than a lead mine. The site of the mines is well known to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown residents because the ruin of the flue chimney, which was over the lead furnace, on Carrickgollogan hill, can be seen for miles around (pictured below).

Photograph by Joe King

Photograph by Joe King

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