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 old Dublin to 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. If you are lucky you might also spot a white goat or two who belong to a wild herd that lives in the area. 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.
Things to do
Walk: There are two looped walking trails in the wood and the Dublin Mountains Way also has its route through Barnaslingan. The Pine Loop Trail (0.9kms, 20mins, easy) is a gentle stroll through the forest and even has a picnic brench and table half way to sit and relax and enjoy the forest surroundings; The Scalp Lookout Trail (1.5kms, 45mins, moderate) follows the pine Loop Trail for most of its route but takes a detour out to the breathtaking Scalp lookout where the view is something that one would not expect to see in Ireland.
Wheel-O: The Wheel-O course uses the Pine Loop Trail and has 10 control signs along its route, the object is then to select where you are at each control and record it on the downloadable map: Barnaslingan Wheel-O Map
Permanent Orienteering: Barnaslingan has 3 permanent orienteering courses, Short (1.5 km), Medium (1.5 km) and Advanced (2.5 km) maps available to download from this link: Barnaslingan POC
Don’t miss our hidden gem
The Scalp lookout is a view that is not to be missed.
Visitors Facilities on site
Car Park 10 spaces
Car park opens at 7am (April to September) and 8am (October to March)
Car park closes at 9pm (April to September) and 5pm (October to March)