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Bolaght Mountain Loop (Includes Roads)

Bolaght Mountain: Making a Loop

Knocknasheega: Heather-covered, rounded summit surrounded by trees.

Corran: Pleasant forest track stroll

Oval route turned into a cracked egg shape by circumstance.

Knocknanask: Approach from adjoining hill.

Knocksculloge: Track on stream

The rocky rocky road to the big hill.

Knocksculloge: Ease on down the road

Broemountain: Good views from so-so top

Short walk to a small island.

Knocknasheega: The rub of the green

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Wicklow Area   NW: Mullaghcleevaun Subarea
Place count in area: 116, OSI/LPS Maps: 28B, 55, 56, 61, 62, AWW 
Highest place:
Lugnaquilla, 924.7m
Maximum height for area: 924.7 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 905 metres,

Places in area Wicklow:
Cen: Glendalough North:   Brockagh Mountain 556.9mBrockagh Mountain NW Top 549.5mBrockagh Mountain SE Top 471.7mCamaderry Mountain 698.6mCamaderry South East Top 677.3mConavalla 734mTomaneena 682.4m
Cen: Glendalough South:   Carriglineen Mountain 455mCullentragh Mountain 510mDerrybawn Mountain 474mKirikee Mountain 474mLugduff 652mLugduff SE Top 637mMullacor 660.7mTrooperstown Hill 430m
N Cen: Tonelagee:   Carrignagunneen 561mFair Mountain 571.2mStoney Top 713.7mTonelagee 815.8mTonelagee E Top 668mTonelagee South-East Top 545.8m
NE: Bray & Kilmacanogue:   Bray Head Hill 240mCarrigoona Commons East 242mDowns Hill 372mGreat Sugar Loaf 501.2mLittle Sugar Loaf 342.4m
NE: Djouce:   Djouce 725.5mKnockree 342mMaulin 570mTonduff 642mTonduff East Top 593mWar Hill 684.8mWhite Hill 631.1m
NE: Fancy:   Ballinafunshoge 480mKanturk 523mKnocknacloghoge 534mLuggala 595mRobber's Pass Hill 508.9mScarr 640mScarr North-West Top 561mSleamaine 430m
NE: Vartry:   Ballinacorbeg 336mBallycurry 301mDunranhill 342mMount Kennedy 365.9m
NW: Blessington:   Carrigleitrim 408mLugnagun 446.2mSlieveroe 332mSorrel Hill 599.5m
NW: Mullaghcleevaun:   Black Hill 602.2mCarrigshouk 572.5mCarrigvore 682mDuff Hill 720mGravale 718mMoanbane 703mMullaghcleevaun 849mMullaghcleevaun East Top 795mSilsean 698m
S: Aughrim Hills:   Cushbawn 400mKilleagh 249mMoneyteige North 427mPreban Hill 389m
S: Croaghanmoira:   Ballinacor Mountain 531mBallycurragh Hill 536mBallyteige 447mCarrickashane Mountain 508mCroaghanmoira 664mCroaghanmoira North Top 575mFananierin 426mSlieve Maan 547.8mSlieve Maan North Top 546.1m
S: Croghan Kinsella:   Annagh Hill 454mCroghan Kinsella 606mCroghan Kinsella East Top 562.1mKilmichael Hill 267mSlievefoore 414m
S: Shillelagh Hills:   Lakeen 357mMonaughrim 206mSeskin 344mStookeen 420m
S: Tinahely Hills:   Ballycumber Hill 431mEagle Hill 296mMuskeagh Hill 397m
SE: Wicklow South East:   Ballinastraw 284mBallyguile Hill 188mBarranisky 280mCarrick Mountain 381mCollon Hill 238mKilnamanagh Hill 217mWestaston Hill 270m
W: Baltinglass:   Ballyhook Hill 288mBaltinglass Hill 382mCarrig Mountain 571mCarrigeen Hill 298mCloghnagaune 385mCorballis Hill 258mKeadeen Mountain 653mSpinans Hill 409mSpinans Hill SE Top 400mTinoran Hill 312m
W: Cen Lugnaquilla:   Ballineddan Mountain 652mBenleagh 689mCamenabologue 758mCamenabologue SE Top 663mCloghernagh 800mCorrigasleggaun 794mLugnaquilla 924.7mSlievemaan 759m
W: Donard:   Brewel Hill 222mChurch Mountain 544mCorriebracks 531mLobawn 636mSlievecorragh 418mSugarloaf 552mTable Mountain 701.7mTable Mountain West Top 563m

Note: this list of places includes island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Silsean Mountain Soillsean A name in Irish (Ir. Soillsean [PNCW], 'place of lights') Wicklow County in Leinster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists, Pale grey fine to coarse-grained granite Bedrock

Height: 698m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 56 Grid Reference: O02318 05649
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Longitude: -6.47351, Latitude: 53.091921 , Easting: 302318, Northing: 205649 Prominence: 43m,  Isolation: 1.6km
ITM: 702244 705681,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Slsn, 10 char: Silsean
Bedrock type: Pale grey fine to coarse-grained granite, (Type 2e equigranular)

Silsean is the 117th highest place in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Silsean (<i>Soillsean</i>) in area Wicklow, Ireland
Picture: Sliding on Silsean, with Blessington Lakes beyond
 
One Part of a Double Act
Short Summary created by wicklore  12 Aug 2010
Silsean is rarely mentioned or climbed without reference to its almost twin summit Moanbane. The two tops are the highest points of the area of mountain overlooking the hamlet of Ballyknockan to the east of the Blessington Lakes and Phoulaphuca Reservoir. There is about 1.5kms between the tops, and Silsean is the smaller by 5 metres. However Silsean has a summit cairn, while Moanbane makes do with a summit pond. The cairn on Silsean has recently been rebuilt by volunteers into a 3.5 foot high beehive from stone on the hill. The same volunteers have attempted to repair damage caused by quad bikes by transplanting sods of bog to the scarred summit area.

Silsean can be reached directly either from O00415 06643 A or O01141 07290 B. For a much longer walk start at the Black Hill car park at O04387 10862 C. Silsean offers great views across the Blessington Lakes, as well as south to Slievecorragh, Church Mountain, and Corriebracks.

Silsean also offers fantastic opportunities for lengthy snow sliding on its western slopes in the winter! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/113/comment/4873/
 
Ochill is the name for this summit area!
by Barry  10 Aug 2016
Silsean is not the appropriate name for the SW end of Moanvayn or Moanbane hill. This name never appeared on any Ordnance Survey map till the early 1990s when OSi were seeking feedback from users of their new 1:50,000 Discovery maps. There seems to have been a knowledge that Liam Price identified this as a local name and listed it as 'Shileshawn' in his Placenames of County Wicklow (1950s), where he clearly says it applies to the NORTHERN side of the hill and the Ballynastockan Brook area in particular. I verified this with local people again in recent years who know this name for the area often called the Shiney Flags on the northern flanks of the hill. The hill as a whole is known locally as Moanvayn and the SW end is called Ochill or Oghill, said like Oakhill. However hillwalkers seem to have considered that the NE summit is Moanbane as per OS and therefore erroneously concluded that by default, that Silsean should the other more SW summit, then fed this information to OSi, who are promulgating it on their maps. I have been contacted many times by people telling me that EastWest Mapping maps are wrong, because Silsean is marked differently on OSi maps - so please take note. Silsean is not the correct local name for this top and the fact that it appears on an OSi publication does not make it gospel!! :) Please excuse my frustration as it arises often! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/113/comment/18612/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Silsean (<i>Soillsean</i>) in area Wicklow, Ireland
Picture: New cairn on Silsean
darrenf on Silsean, 2010
by darrenf  18 Mar 2010
What could be more Irish for St Patricks day than a ramble in our green hills!! I followed csds advice and approached Silsean from the Garryknock side. There is a forest track indicated on sheet 56 at O031036 D and this is where I parked up. There is the standard coillte yellow and black forest gate across this track and while the whole area looks less than frequently used, in the short space of time it took me to pull on my boots and pack the bag no less than two local farmers approached the gate, unlocked it, and entered the forest area to herd and feed sheep. There is really only room for perhaps two cars at this location and due care should be given not to block the gate. In hindsight there are also plenty of parking opportunities further along this road, in particular around the houses at the end of the road.

So off I set along the forest track through the trees. I stuck with this track until it petered out as indicated on sheet 56. As you come to the end of the track there is a large turning circle and from here the track narrows and continues for perhaps another 50m. At this point a fence appears on your right hand side and inside it there is a faint track. While it does look fairly inhospitable just stick with it as it gradually opens up and is easy to walk along (fence should be with you on your right hand side the whole way). In no time at all you will be led onto open mountian and from here its a short forward skip to the summit.

My dated version of sheet 56 indicated forestry to the summit of Silsean which is certainly not the case. The photos of csd and simon3 show a timber post which indicates the summit of Silsean. As you can see from the photo below someone has taken the time to build a somewhat decorative cairn around this timber post - from a distance it looks just like a wishing well! Car to summit could be comfortably completed in 50mins. Refer to Moanbane for rest of route. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/113/comment/4517/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Silsean (<i>Soillsean</i>) in area Wicklow, Ireland
 
csd on Silsean, 2003
by csd  27 Oct 2003
There were still patches of snow on Mullaghcleevaun from the storms earlier this week. This picture shows the view over to Mullaghcleevaun from the small pond northeast of the summit of Silsean. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/113/comment/726/
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Cairn and other repairs.
by joemalone  5 Apr 2010
Just a quick note reference Darrenf's mention of the new Cairn on top of Silsean.
Myself and some friends who live in Ballyknockan often walk in the general area of Silsean, Moanbane and Mullacleevaun. We were getting frustrated with the state of the summit of Silsean which had almost totally turned to a wet boggy mess because of the motorbikes and quad bikes which on an almost weekly basis would joyride all over this area.
We started to build the Cairn using stone from about 100 to 150 metres away in a northerly direction. We carried a lot of the stone by hand but also used a stretcher.
As well as building the cairn we also moved a lot of sods from lower on the hill to the summit in order to get some of the grass and other plants to take root and hopefully displace some of the water and make the ground "walkable" again.
We hope to finish the cairn his summer. We intend on making a beehive shape so it should be at least a meter higher and should be seen from further away.
Thankfully it seems that the biking has stopped since the signs went up for National Park at the forest gates above Ballyknockan.
If anyone has the energy or inclination they could always bring a small stone up the hill on their next walk! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/113/comment/4592/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Silsean (<i>Soillsean</i>) in area Wicklow, Ireland
Picture: Silsean wrecked by bikers.
simon3 on Silsean, 2008
by simon3  5 Mar 2008
This is the sad summit of Silsean as it is in March 2008. Compare this picture to that of csd's just four and a half years ago. The bikers have churned up the soil destroying the vegetation over the area beside the post you can see in both picures.

The group in the background are in front of Mullaghcleevaun. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/113/comment/2988/
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