What is the Dublin Mountains Community Archaeology Project?

The Dublin Mountains are a popular destination for many who want to escape from the busy urban life that has now reached their foothills. Whether hiking, mountain biking, birdwatching or just taking a stroll through the woods, the uplands are busier than they have ever been. The Dublin Mountain Community Archaeology Project aims to increase awareness among those who visit, live in and work in the mountains of the region’s rich archaeological heritage.

Awareness of the archaeological heritage and increased understanding of the monuments and the stories they have to tell add significantly to the appreciation of a place for many people. It is also vital to the protection of these vulnerable sites, which we all want to see preserved for the appreciation of future generations.

Photo Credit: Joe Ladrigan, Fairy Castle from the air.



Dublin Mountains Community Archaeology Project 2022

The 2nd phase of the Dublin Mountains Community Archaeology project is starting up in September 2022. Watch this space for upcoming events as well as the project's social media: Facebook and Twitter.




Free Archaeological Walking Tour Carrickgollogan and Rathmichael Wood, September 22nd at 11:00

Rathmichael Hillfort. Copyright of Joe Ladrigan

We are delighted to announce our first public event. Join archaeologist Wayne Malone (ABH Ltd) on a free archaeological walking tour along a section of the Dublin Mountains Way. Along the walk we will visit the prehistoric, medieval and industrial landscapes of Carrickgollogan and Rathmichael.

The tour will begin at the Barnaslingan Woods car park and will follow the Dublin Mountains Way visiting the surviving archaeology and built heritage associated with the former lead mines before visiting the medieval and prehistoric landscape of Rathmichael Wood.

The walk can be classed as moderate and will require a reasonable level of fitness. In all, the duration of the tour is approximately 2+ hours. The terrain includes uneven surfaces and attendees should wear appropriate walking boots/shoes, raingear and bring water, and a snack.

  • Car parking at Barnaslingan Woods is free.
  • Dublin Bus No. 44 services the Enniskerry Road(Stop No. 4088) which is located on the Dublin Mountains Way. Enter the metal gate which is located a few metres from the bus stop, follow the yellow waymarker sign for a short distance before reaching the red waymarker which will lead directly to the car park. Allow for 15 minutes from the bus stop to the car park. (Barnaslingan Wood map attached below)

The Dublin Mountains Community Archaeology Project is an initiative of the Dublin Mountains Partnership, South Dublin County Council and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, supported by The Heritage Council and managed by ABH Ltd.

To book your FREE ticket just click on this link



Who is running the 2022 project?

The second phase of the project commenced in September 2022 and is being managed by Archaeology and Built Heritage on behalf of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, South Dublin County Council and the Dublin Mountains Partnership with funding from the Heritage Council, and in consultation with key stakeholders such as the National Monuments Service, the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Coillte and others.

For more information about the Dublin Mountains Community Archaeology Project 2022 follow the project on Facebook and Twitter or email:



Dublin’s Megalithic Mountains

Archaeology Sites in the Dublin Mountains

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