Scalp Lookout Trail

Trail description

This trail (red waymarkers) begins at the trailhead sign in the car park and is described in an anti-clockwise direction.  Passing out through the trees and fence, you pass under the powerlines.  Here the vegetation of shrubs, gorse, bramble provides excellent habitat for birds, insects and butterflies, and views of Dublin Bay and Howth Head below.  The trail then passes back into the forest of Corsican pine (a tree native to Corsica, Southern Italy and Sicily), with a few Douglas fir and Lawson cypress.  Here you can see some oak, ash and holly regenerating under the main canopy.  After approximately 400m the red trails follows a path off to the right and crosses the old stone wall via a sleeper-bridge.  Here the landscape changes dramatically.

On the way out to the Scalp Lookout you will pass through an open rocky and grassy area.  You will see a contrast of old mature rugged Scots pine and young birch trees spreading out from the adjacent woodland.  Open patches like this, attract many insects, birds and animals into Barnaslingan Wood.  The trail leads out to the beautiful view over the Scalp and beyond to Tonduff and Maulin in the South-west and the Great Sugar Loaf to the South.  

Turning back into the forest from the view point the trail then heads down the side of the hill through the old Scots pine and beech forest to meet the lower road.  Here you pass through an old woodland forest, i.e. sites that have been continuously wooded since the 1830s AD.  These sites tend to support a range of plant and animal species typical of woodland habitats, including some species that are woodland specialists.  The woodland is also home to a range of wildlife including jay, robin, wood pigeon, coal tit and treecreeper.  The trail continues up through the forest of Corsican pine and Noble fir to the car park.

Trail Name: Scalp Lookout Trail
Recreation Site: Barnaslingan Wood  [view site]
Trail Start Point: Entrance to wood (Car Park)
Length:1.5km
Time: 45min
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate   View Trail Grade Definitions
Metres Climb: 40m
Attributes: Loop Trail (Returns to Starting Point)
Finish Point: Entrance to wood (Car Park)
Trail Way marking:Red