|Trail leading into the mountains|
The trails and these walks are maintained and promoted by an all-volunteer organization, the Dublin Mountains Partnership. This dedicated group is committed to providing the people of the city a way to visit some of Ireland's natural beauty without traveling great distances. This hike was designed to introduce city slickers like us to the trails, and what a great job they did.
|View from Carrickgolligan|
|Lunch in the trees|
After the climb and descent of Carrickgolligan, we were guided off the path by the ranger leaders to an evergreen thicket for lunch. We were all ready to sit down and stretch out after the climb, so our timing was perfect. We sat down on the blanket of needles and enjoyed our packed lunch while admiring the changing leaves on the hardwoods across the valley.
|Cory on The Scalp|
|Lead Mine Chimney|
We walked up the hillside to the chimney tower. We were able to climb into the tunnel at one of the smelting sites further down the hill and see the inside of the smoke collection system. At the top of the hill, we were able to walk into the center of the chimney itself and take a photo looking up to the opening. Hooray for playing around in abandoned mines!
|Looking up through the chimney|
|Dublin Mountains Way Official Badges|