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Site Name:

Barnaslingan Wood


National Grid Reference

O 223 204   Understanding grid references


Ordnance Survey Ireland Discovery Series:




1.5 km south east of Kilternan on minor road to Enniskerry.


How do I get there?

Take the R117 to Kilternan, a small village south of Dublin city and just north of Enniskerry. Very soon after the village travelling south towards Enniskerry you will pass Ballycorus road on your left. Continue on for some 50m and take the next road to your left. This is a third class road (marked yellow on map) and, though unnamed is identifiable by the row of cottages opposite and the green post box at its junction with the R117. Continue on this road for about 1km.   The Lead mines chimney and Carrickgollogan to the east come into view. The road begins to climb and you will shortly see a sign mounted on the right hand side of the road reading "Barnaslingan Lane" (opposite is the minor road to the Lead Mines and Carrickgollogan). Barnaslingan Wood is on your right. Take extreme caution on this road as it is very narrow, winding and busy with vehicular traffic, pedestrians and riders on horseback.


Parking Info:

No of car spaces 12
The car park is open every day, the following opening and closing times apply:

April to September:
7:00am to 9:00pm
October to March:
8:00am to 5:00pm

Parking fee price: None

Parking options: Restricted hours apply


Toilets: none on this site.



  • Walking Trails
  • Viewing Points
  • Waymarked Trails
  • Dublin Mountains Way
  • Permanent orienteering course




Site Description

Barnaslingan Wood is situated on  the eastern slope of The Scalp (meaning crevice, chasm or cleft) one of the most spectacular natural features in the Dublin area. This narrow rocky pass through which runs the R117 Dublin - Enniskerry road was formed by an Ice Age glacial lake overflow. There are many granite outcrops and boulders to be seen, especially on the wooded eastern Barnaslingan side. The west side and the dense pine woods of the Killegar summit contrast sharply with the naked boulders of the steep slopes below. The view from the north is particularly attractive and was one much beloved by the Victorian photographers who came here with their large and heavy tripods and pennyfarthing bicycles. (For a full appreciation of the views, it is recommended to have OS Discovery Series No. 56 to hand). When visiting Barnaslingan Wood, the Lead Mines and Carrickgollogan can be easily accessed and are worth exploring for the spectacular views (see Carrickgollogan).


Recreation sites which you can access from here are:



Barnaslingan Wood Trail(s)

  1. Scalp Lookout Trail (1.5 km / 45 min / Moderate) - Red way marker
  2. Pine Loop Trail (900 m / 20 min / Easy) - Blue way marker
  3. Download Map - All Trails
  4. Coillte Barnaslingan
  5. Permanent Orienteering Course: Short Course Map
  6. Permanent Orienteering Course: Medium Course Map
  7. Permanent Orienteering Course: Advanced Course Map
  8. Permanent Orienteering Courses: Answer Sheets
  9. Barnaslingan Wheel-O map
  10. Barnaslingan Wheel-O answers


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