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Notice of CCF Operations commencing March 2024

A forest thinning will commence the middle of March 2024 at Carrickgollogan as part of Continuous Cover Forestry (CCF) management in northern section of this woodland. The thinning operation will take 2-3 weeks.

Some areas are now ready for their first thinning intervention to begin the CCF transformation process, while other areas with older trees will be selectively thinned. Removing these trees creates gaps in the canopy to allow more light to reach the forest floor and create the conditions for regeneration of new seedlings in the future.

Over time we aim to gradually make the forest more diverse in terms of age, tree sizes and species in the future.

This thinning will take place across 23 hectares of forest in the northern end of the forest (see map).

This work is part of the Dublin Mountains Makeover which will see an area of over 900 hectares across nine Coillte forests transitioning away from commercial forestry, to be managed for recreation, biodiversity and climate.

We thank you for your patience during this process. Please follow all signage while visiting the forest and please take care on the roads with timber lorries entering and exiting the forests.

Site Description

Carrickgollogan Wood, located in the south east corner of Co. Dublin comprises around 85ha (210acres) of mixed woodland including Lodgepole pine, Noble fir, Japanese larch, Lawson cypress, Scots pine, Birch and Beech. In addition furze and heather can be found on unplanted areas/ditches. The trees and other flora provide habitat for badgers, rabbits and a variety of birds.  

There are about 8km of forest roads at Carrickgollogan which provide a variety of walks. Two of the main attractions are the viewing rock at Carrickgollogan hill to the south of the property and the now disused lead mine chimney at the northern boundary.  Lead mining and smelting took place at the Ballycorus lead mine in the early 19th Century and continued until it was closed in the 1920s.

No trip to Carrickgollogan would be complete however without visiting the viewing rock. It is worth the short climb up a moderately sloped footpath to the exposed rock outcrop where you will discover one of the most spectacular views of south Dublin and north Wicklow. 

Other features to be found in and around the woods are a Dolmen,  the site of a Rath and a memorial to Nathaniel Alcock (1819 - 1904) erected by his daughters in 1914. To find this memorial continue on past the car park to the junction of Murphy's Lane and Ballyman Lane. At the junction there is an ESB pole. Enter the woods at this point and follow the path up the hill for approx 40m. There you will find a stone plaque embedded in a large rock with the inscription:  

"To the Memory of One who Worshipped Here
Doctor Nathaniel Alcock Died April 4 1904 in His 85th Year 

-A Wise Man is Never so busy as in the Solitary Contemplation of God
And the Worship of Nature - Seneca.
Erected by his Two Friends" 

Site Features

Carrickgollogan Trails

Lead Mines Way: a 2.3 km looped walk starting from the car-park. An easy walk that should take approximately 40 minutes to complete. This trail is way-marked with Orange way marker discs in both directions. 

Mountain Access Trail: a short spur route off the Lead Mines Way and Dublin Mountains Way which leads to the summit of Carrickgollogan (278m). On a clear day there is an amazing 360o view from the summit.  

Dublin Mountains Way: the Dublin Mountains Way (42.6km) long distance way-marked route travels through Carrickgollogan enroute between Shankill and Tallaght.


Planning a visit

When planning a visit to the Hell Fire Club please note the following:

Toilets: None on this site.

Bins: none, please follow Leave No Trace Ireland principles.



Approx 2.5km south of Kilternan village on the Dublin/Wicklow border.


National Grid Reference: O 225 205   Understanding grid references


Ordnance Survey Ireland Discovery Series: 50


How do I get there on foot?

From Shankill it is an approximately 4.5km walk to Carrickgollogan on the Dublin Mountains Way. The Dublin Mountains Way is a 42.6km long distance way-marked route which travels through Carrickgollogan enroute between Shankill and Tallaght.

From Kilternan village there is a foot-path as far as Barnaslingan Wood along the Enniskerry Road. From Barnaslingan it is a 2km walk to Carrickgollogan along the Dublin Mountains Way.


How do I get there on public transport?

The closest bus stop to Carrickgollogan is on the Enniskerry road, an approximately 2km walk, see Walking Trail Map. Dublin Bus Route 44 serves Bus Stop No. 4852 (The Scalp (Butlers) Enniskerry Road Towards Enniskerry and Bus Stop No. 4121, The Scalp Wood Enniskerry Road Towards DCU, see Transport For Ireland's Journey Planner for further information and route planning.

How do I get there by car?

Carrickgollogan is located 2.6km south of Kilternan village in south county Dublin. Drive south on the M50 from Dublin and take the exit at Junction 15. Follow the signs for Kilternan/Kiltiernan village. At the top of the hill turn left. Drive past the garage (Ambrose Glass Motors) which is on your left, go through the next junction and then take the left turn on to Barnaslingan lane.  Follow this road for 1.9km and then turn left opposite the entrance to the car park at Barnaslingan wood. The car park for Carrickgollogan is approx 300m up this road.  



Parking Information

Car spaces: 20

Note: When Met Eireann forecast snow/ice condition warnings are in place the car-park may be closed at short notice. In a Met Eireann 'Red' Wind warning, you should not enter any forest area. Updates on car-park and recreation site closures will be posted on the News page.  

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