BLESSINGTON LAKESIDE HERITAGE PROJECT

The Blessington Lakes are nestled in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains.  The waters of this man made reservoir form the centrepiece in the landscape.  

Whether you are cycling, driving or walking, there are a wealth of stories and folklore to be discovered in the local landmarks; giving glimpses of Neolithic settlements and flooded villages along with granite stone cutting traditions.  

The lakes and surrounding area are popular with outdoor enthusiasts and host a wonderful natural environment.  Recognised as a Special Area of Conservation for the internationally important population of Greylag Goose and a host of overwintering birds.  Look out for these and other wildlife as as you explore this very special part of Wild Wicklow 

 

Page link: Lakeside Heritage Project
Lakeside Heritage Project
A Heritage Trail For Blessington Lakes
Page link: Project Images
Project Images
Selected Images
Page link: Russborough House & Parkland
Russborough House & Parkland
Palladian style 1740's mansion and Parkland
Page link: Baltyboys House, Hill and Cairn
Baltyboys House, Hill and Cairn
The historical home of author Elisabeth Smith
Page link: Boystown (Bailte Bhuí)
Boystown (Bailte Bhuí)
The Quaker Graveyard
Page link: Valleymount Bridge
Valleymount Bridge
The reason Valleymount Bridge was erected
Page link: Valleymount (An Chrois) Church and Village
Valleymount (An Chrois) Church and Village
Valleymount village contains an old schoolhouse, a forge, a sweathouse and a distinctive church
Page link: Ballyknockan Quarry
Ballyknockan Quarry
Stonecutting has been practiced in the Ballyknockan area since 1824, providing granite for many of Dublin's most famous buildings.
Page link: Ballyknockan (Bhuaile an Chnocáin) Village
Ballyknockan (Bhuaile an Chnocáin) Village
The cottages and houses in this pretty village are made from local granite, with some unique buildings such as the barn cinema and the House in a Day.
Page link: Templeboden (Teampall Buadáin)
Templeboden (Teampall Buadáin)
This townland is named after Bishop Boden whose grave and the remains of his small church are located in Templeboden graveyard.
Page link: Ballynultagh (Baile an Ultaigh)
Ballynultagh (Baile an Ultaigh)
The historic landscape of Ballynultagh includes cairns, a ballaun stone, an old bog road and a deserted village
Page link: Lacken Village (An Leacain)
Lacken Village (An Leacain)
The buildings in the picturesque village of Lacken are made of the local granite with spectacular views across the lake.