Pine Loop Trail
On the east slope of the Scalp, this trail takes you along a lovely woodland walk through big pine trees. It offers the calm and tranquillity, light and shade found in woodland settings. There is an abundance of woodland plants and grasses along the walk, and birdsong to be enjoyed. Though with contrasting charms in winter and autumn, the area is resplendent in spring (with bluebells) and summer (with foxgloves). You may also catch a glimpse of the red squirrel which is becoming a very rare site in Dublin.
The following description describes the trail walking in anti-clockwise direction. The trail begins in the car park with the blue waymarkers clearly identifiable on the trailhead sign. Looking back over your shoulder you can catch glimpses of the surrounding farmland and the Lead Mines chimney. The trail passes through the fence and along a path under the powerlines which provide an excellent corridor of shrubs, gorse and bramble favoured by birds, insects and butterflies. It also provides good views of Dublin Bay and Howth Head in the distance.
Passing back into the forest, the trail travels through large Corsican pine trees. This species is native to Southern Italy, Corsica and Sicily, and is distinguished by long needles in pairs which are usually twisted (our native Scots pine has much shorter needles). There are also some Douglas fir and Lawson cypress present. Here you can see some oak, ash, sycamore and holly regenerating under the main canopy. After approximately 400m the blue trail turns left (the Scalp Lookout trail (red) goes right), and you follow along the old stone wall on the right, and a line of beeches and Lawson cypress trees on your left. At the next junction, take the path to the left back to the car park.
|Trail Name:||Pine Loop Trail|
|Recreation Site:||Barnaslingan Wood [view site]|
|Trail Start Point:||Entrance to wood (Car Park)|
|Degree of Difficulty:||Easy View Trail Grade Definitions|
|Attributes:||Loop Trail (Returns to Starting Point)|
|Finish Point:||Entrance to wood (Car Park)|