Discover the extraordinary and mysterious megalithic monuments on Kilranelagh Hill, West County Wicklow
|Thursday||Rings tour||2.5 hours||11am – 1.30pm||€30|
|Friday||Brigid’s tour||2.5 hours||11am – 1.30pm||€30|
|Saturday||Full Hill tour||4 hours||10am – 2pm||€40|
|Sunday||Rings tour||2.5 hours||11am – 1.30pm||€30|
Join us on a walking tour of Kilranelagh to hear about the history and engaging legends associated with the hill. Learn about the mysterious Tuatha De Danann and the fascinating heroes of old. Get away into nature to explore our forgotten past. This is the real ancient Ireland, where you’ll escape the crowds and find the Ireland you’ve always dreamed of.
Full Tour includes: Kilranelagh Graveyard including Brigid’s well, Sam MacAllister’s grave, and the Gates of Heaven; St Brigid’s chair and headstone; View of Brusslestown ring; Boleycarrigeen Stone circle; Ruins of a hidden cairn; View of Cursus and cairn on Keadeen; View of Keadeen Hill figures; Crossoona Rath and Ogham stone; and the White stones of Aife
Brigid’s Tour includes: Kilranelagh Graveyard including Brigid’s well, Sam MacAllister’s grave, and the Gates of Heaven; St Brigid’s chair; St Brigid’s headstone; and the View of Brusslestown Ring
Rings Tour includes: Boleycarrigeen Stone Circle; View of Keadeen Hill figures; Ruin of a hidden cairn and ruined house; View of cursus and cairn on Keadeen; Crossoona Rath Ringfort with its Ogham stone
The fascinating stories associated with each place will transport you to another time and place. These sites are not easily accessed without guidance, they are hidden gems, untouched and wild, not to be missed.
Book your place on the Kilranelagh Tour
Where we’ll be:
Kilranelagh is a privately owned hill near Baltinglass in the foothills of the beautiful West Wicklow mountains. This area contains the greatest concentration of prehistoric hillforts in Europe and Kilranelagh has many ancient sites. We have obtained exclusive permission to run tours on the hill. The ancient historical sites are hard to find, tucked away in the beautiful forests on the hill. We will guide you to these hidden treasures.
What guests should bring:
Suitable warm waterproof clothing and footwear for walking outdoors should be worn.
A snack and something to drink.
Meeting location: Kilranelagh graveyard for the Full tour and Brigid’s Tour; or Colvinstown Upper, Castle Court for the Rings tour.
Directions: Kilranelagh is a 10 minute drive from Baltinglass, Co Wicklow. The meeting point at Kilranelagh Graveyard can be found on Google maps.
For the Colvinstown entrance, follow the directions on Google maps to Kilranelagh Graveyard but keep going straight past the sign to the graveyard which you will see on your right. Follow the narrow road which will incline steadily with a few gentle twists. Just before the road starts to slope steeply downwards you will see a forest entry barrier gate. Across the road from the barrier there is space for parking for a few cars. Please do not obstruct the barrier gate when parking.
Please note: There is no public transport directly to the graveyard. The closest public transport is by bus to Baltinglass. A pick up from Baltinglass can be arranged for up to 4 people, please contact us directly to arrange.
Minimum age: 12 – Minors may only attend with their legal guardian.
Activity level: Moderate
Although the hill is not large, a suitable level of physical fitness for hillwalking for around three and a half hours is required. Some of the tour is on uneven and slippery ground so care should be taken. Some small stone walls will need to be scaled, so comfortable appropriate footwear is necessary.
All tour participants must remain in the presence of the guide and follow the direction of the guide for the duration of the tour.
Please be advised that the hill is on private property and we will be walking through a working farm and forest.
Group size: 1 – 10