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South East Midlands Area , N: Newbridge Hills Subarea
Feature count in area: 31, by county: Laois: 6, Carlow: 1, Offaly: 1, Kildare: 2, Kilkenny: 13, Tipperary: 8, OSI/LPS Maps: 28A, 28B, 47, 48, 49, 53, 54, 55, 59, 60
Highest Place: Slievenamon 720.2m

Starting Places (16) in area South East Midlands:
Ballinvarry West, Clodiagh Church, Coolnahau, Coppanagh Wood South, Freney's Well, Glynn, Gorlough Wood, Hill of Allen, Inistioge, Killamery Wood East, Kylebeg Wood, Lingaun River, Mount Alto Wood, Mullenbeg Wood South, Newtown Upper School, Slievenamon Walk Head

Summits & other features in area South East Midlands:
E: Barrow: Clogrennan Hill 336m, Newtown Hill 208m
N Cen: Timahoe Hills: Ballaghmore Hill 268m, Cullenagh Mountain 317m, Fossy Mountain 332m, Hewson Hill 261m
N: Croghan: Croghan Hill 234m
N: Newbridge Hills: Dunmurry Hill 233m, Hill of Allen 219m
S: Mullinavat: Coolnahau Hill 265m, Corbally Hill 285m, Mount Alto 276m, Tory Hill 292m
S: Slievenamon: Knockahunna 502.8m, Sheegouna 553.5m, Slievenamon 720.2m, Slievenamon North-West Top 564m
S: Windgap: Carricktriss Gorse 314m, Carrigadoon Hill 296.9m, Faranaree Hill 283m
SE: Brandon Hill: Brandon Hill 515m, Coppanagh 365m, Croghan 365m
W Cen: Durrow: Ballynalacken Hill 314m, Caponellan Hill 253m, Knockmannon Hill 315m
W Cen: Slieveardagh: Clomantagh Hill 349m, Knocknamuck 340m, Monabrogue 284m
W: Horse & Jockey: Kill Hill 241m, Killough 235m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Hill of Allen, 219m Hill
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, Kildare County in Leinster province, in Binnion Lists, Hill of Allen is the 1360th highest place in Ireland. Hill of Allen is the most easterly summit and also the second most northerly in the South East Midlands area.
Grid Reference N75918 20461, OS 1:50k mapsheet 49
Place visited by: 73 members, recently by: newpark-cc, Kaszmirek78, skhg, SenanFoley, annem, michaelseaver, Ansarlodge, childminder05, markwallace, flynnke, TippHiker, Jess1832, hibby, pjmoran, Dee68
I visited this place: NO (You need to be a logged-in member for this.)
Longitude: -6.86396, Latitude: 53.229384, Easting: 275918, Northing: 220461, Prominence: 131m,  Isolation: 5.7km, Has trig pillar
ITM: 675850 720490
Bedrock type: Andesite, (Allen Andesite Formation)

  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: Hlo219, 10 char: HlofAln

Gallery for Hill of Allen and surrounds
Summary for Hill of Allen : Old volcano, quarry and folly.
Summary created by simon3 2016-06-22 19:58:06
This was an old volcano. More detail to follow.
Member Comments for Hill of Allen

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Picture: Tower of Allen
History rules
by Dessie1 5 Feb 2014
Finally, this historic little hill get on the list!
Starting at the Northeast side of the Hill there is access for 1 car to park just off the roadside at a row of large boulders ( Allen (N76404 20925)). You then enter a clearing through the trees where masses were held years ago. An old stone altar and a derelict house still stand. From there follow the track all the way to the top keeping to the right where a round tower awaits (Aylmers Folly). According to legend, Fionn mac Cumhaill had a fortress on the hill and used the surrounding flatlands as training grounds for his warriors. Not much of a view at the summit due to trees but a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon stroll. There is also a large quarry on the west side which is eating into the hill so get there quick before it's gone! Linkback:
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Picture: Lovely view from the top.
Gaining height?
by paddyhillsbagger 3 Feb 2014
Followed Dessie1's route to the top and the first thing that strikes you are the multitude of warning signs on the path up! Private Property, Keep To The Path, Working Quarry etc. On and on they go the whole way. The views however are excellent, Croghan Hill is clearly seen rising out of the flat bogland below, that is if you climb the tower and pop out on the ramparts. Does this add a few extra metres to the height? Linkback:
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Picture: Hill of Allen from the south.
Tower and gash hidden.
by simon3 20 Apr 2016
Another place to view the Hill of Allen from is the south. This photo was taken from the cyclable towpath of the Milltown Feeder, a water supply canal. It's curious how the major features of the hill such as the tower and enormous quarry are completely invisible from here. Linkback:
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Picture: Engraved folly steps
Pleasant and easy stroll
by TommyMc 9 Jul 2019
A pleasant and easy stroll from the lay-by on the Allen-Miltown road as referenced by Dessie1. Frustratingly a spacious car parking area at this spot is padlocked, meaning visitors must park in a very tight spot on the narrow road.

The trail to the top - just follow the path uphill for 10-15 minutes and avoid any momentary temptation to leave it - is the only accessible part of the hill. One one side is a mess of uncontrolled vegetation and on the other are the quarry cliffs.

The folly at the summit was open when I visited and looks permanently so. You will need to climb the spiral staircase, each step touchingly engraved with the name of a local person, if you want to see the views of the surrounding countryside as otherwise these are obscured by trees, bushes and fencing. Linkback:
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Picture: Folly
Delightful short walk up through the forest
by hibby 2 Dec 2023
Visited the Hill of Allen on 18/11/2023. Parked at the recommended roadside spot and walked up through the forest to the summit and the tower.

It's a beautiful tranquil walk through mixed forest decked out in autumn colours.

There have been a few changes at the summit area since I was last here (about 4 years ago). A lot of rough vegetation has been cleared and new fencing installed. The tower door was locked. One thing that hadn't changed - misty drizzly weather meant that I was cheated of the views that reward walkers who climb this hill on a fine day.

One curiosity here: the paving stones around the base of the tower record a long-ago royal visit to the place, but some stones are missing so there are gaps in the inscription.

Reading between the lines (almost literally) we may surmise that the future king Edward VII visited the hill and the folly when he was stationed at the Curragh in the late 19th century.

Also worth checking out the religious words and phrases at various points on the outside wall of the tower.

Return distance 1.7km, 30 minutes. Linkback:
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