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Blackstairs Mountains Area   N: Blackstairs North Subarea
Place count in area: 13, OSI/LPS Maps: 68 
Highest place:
Mount Leinster, 794.4m
Maximum height for area: 794.4 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 706.4 metres,

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Mount Leinster Mountain Stua Laighean A name in Irish (Ir. Stua Laighean [OSI], 'prince or warrior of Leinster') County Highpoint of Carlow & Wexford and in Carlow/ Wexford Counties in Leinster Province, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Pale, fine to coarse-grained granite Bedrock

Height: 794.4m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 68 Grid Reference: S82656 52533
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Longitude: -6.780362, Latitude: 52.618157 , Easting: 282656, Northing: 152534 Prominence: 706.42m,  Isolation: 1.8km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 682587 652578,   GPS IDs, 6 char: MntLns, 10 char: MntLnstr
Bedrock type: Pale, fine to coarse-grained granite, (Blackstones Type 2 Equigranular Granite)

Mount Leinster is not the highest peak in the province of Leinster. That distinction belongs to Lugnaquillia, but Mount Leinster is the highest outside Wicklow. Due to the transmitter mast, there is a road to the top. There is also a substantial cairn on summit. On the saddle connecting to Slievebawn is a stone alignment called the Nine Stones (though there are actually ten). The Irish name Stua Laighean reflects the imagined personification of this noble peak as a prince or warrior standing in protection over the inhabitants of the plains below.   Mount Leinster is the highest mountain in the Blackstairs Mountains area and the 45th highest in Ireland. Mount Leinster is the highest point in county Carlow and also the highest in Wexford.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Mount Leinster (<i>Stua Laighean</i>) in area Blackstairs Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Mount Leinster from Slievebawn
Easy Road or Hard Slog?
Short Summary created by Peter Walker, Onzy  2 Feb 2015
Mount Leinster, at 794m, is the highest point of both Carlow and Wexford, but despite the name, not of Leinster. Unusually for such a big hill, there is a road running all the way to the top in order to service the array of masts on the summit.

This road, although restricted to official vehicular traffic, does provide the easiest and the overwhelmingly most popular walking route to the top. The road begins at a viewing point on the South Leinster Way at S81645 54640 A, where there is parking. The viewing point is at a height of some 400m, leaving a climb of around another 400m. Walk up the road to the south, a distance of 2.25k to the summit. Up and back should take about an hour.

A more interesting ascent is from the east, starting at Ballycrystal S860 506 B, heading north to Black Rock (not a MV listed hill), then west over Mount Leinster East Top and onto the main top. A return trip is c. 4 hours. Some parking is also available at S843 516 C which provide a short, but steep ascent directly to the summit or an alternative point for a second car.

Another potential starting point is from Rathanna Bridge at S800 503 D, heading north east through a small forest, onto the ridge with Knockroe and thence to the summit. A c. 3 hour round trip.

A longer approach is possible from the Scullogue Gap, starting at S82428 47894 E, north to Knockroe and over to Mount Leinster. Linkback:
rmilne on Mount Leinster, 2004
by rmilne  19 Nov 2004
Although the ascent starts at 400m, I was worried about the long distance to the summit (1.75 miles). What if I got lost?? I was tempted to drive up the private road, as the gate was open, but thought better of it. The ascent of the tarmac road in the forest went fine with my fears of a bear leaping out of the woods unfounded. However, after a tricky crossing of the cattle grid, I had major problems seeing the way forward. In the clear and cloudless skies, the sun was shining straight into my face, making progress difficult. After a few minutes of shielding my eyes with my arm I had to give up since it was getting cramp. I struggled on as best I could given the conditions. Soon however, I was again having trouble seeing the way forward. Sweat was dripping off my forehead and blinding me. Oh for a cloud to shield me from the sun! I managed not to get lost, since the edges of the tarmac road are pretty clear to follow. The rest of the ascent was tortuous. with a nice angle of tarmac road and excellent footing, I was forced to walk near VOx Max pace, breathing hard. As I thought I was near my physical limit and feeling far from the car (well over 1.5 miles by now) a welcome breeze arose and cleared the sweat from my face. I noted frost on the side of the road and wondered about the folly of not having crampons with me. Luckily the short stretch of frozen turf and puddles to the cairn only took about 30 seconds, so the risk wasn't unduly high. I was there! The advenurous committment to continuing in spite of hardship was rewarded with grand views! Watching the workmen haul a big cable up the tower added to the summit activities. I spent a long 5 minutes enjoying the view, not bad after the 30 minutes it thad taken for the ascent. Then there was nothing else but the very long plod down the tarmac road, back at the car in 25 minutes. The final treat was watching the hang gliders coming in to land. (13 Nov 04) Linkback:
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black rock mountain from ballycrystal
by Kennyj  25 Dec 2014
Climbed to mount Leinster summit yesterday following route described by Djouce here,good visibility and quite an easy climb, took me 40 mins from start to the barn on the ridge,I took the track over to Black rock mountain and retraced my steps and headed for the masts at mount Leinster,the track is quite good and easy to follow.Couple of points worth mentioning, the track just west of the parking spot is blocked in two places by falling trees necessitating a detour into the forest and back onto the track, the end of this track is very muddy following cattle but is easily negotiated.On the mention of cattle I met them half way up the track where I had a brief stand off with a young bull, didn't notice the ring in his nose until I got close, thankfully he decided to give way and rejoin his herd.I didn't notice any signs warning of a bull, just wondering is this a regular occurance up here.I returned the same way I went up took me a couple of hours from start to finish. Linkback:
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Picture: Near the summit of Mt Leinster
- from the 9 stones
by paddyobpc  25 Jan 2017
Walk Date: 3 Jul 2016. Nice weather to continue our County High Point Challenge, heading east this time to climb Mt. Leinster, the highest point of Carlow and Wexford. Dillon(dillonkdy) and myself used the recommended route up the Transmitter road starting at an area known as “The 9 stones”. Even from the start the views were unbelievable on a very sunny day. We climbed almost 350m and taking our time stopping regularly to take in the views we were back to the car shortly after 1.5 Hrs. Off to Brandon hill next.
We returned to climb Mt. Leinster for an easy 17 points for gribboneer-of-the-year on the 27 Dec 2016. This time a lovely frosty morning gave way to a beautiful red sky as the sun came up. Starting before 8am we were at the trig point, photo taken and back to the car in just over an hour.
See Dillon’s (dillonkdy) full story of his County High Point Challenge at We also found Kieron Gribbon's High Point Ireland website ( to be a useful source of information for our 32 County High Points challenge. Definitely worth checking out if you're planning to do any of the High Point challenges Linkback:
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Picture: My picture is one of the fantastic views of the sun spliting through the clouds into the countryside
paganji on Mount Leinster, 2005
by paganji  3 Dec 2005
The day felt sour, I was indoors for too long, so I put my Boots on. After a brief drive I was at the foot of The Blackstairs and gazed upward toward the faint clouds sweep eerily over the summit of Mt Leinster. To my suprise the ground was firm and the humidity felt fresh. I was determined and just over an hour later I made it to the top and into the ever thickening cloud. Looking down the eastern slopes I could see darkness in the mists, as the heavy mountain was casting its shadow into Wexford. Now I had made something of my day. I went home, Rejuvenated. Linkback:
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Picture: Summit Cairn of Mt. Leinster
murphysw on Mount Leinster, 2005
by murphysw  24 Sep 2005
I recently decided that I should have a go at climbing the highest point in all 32 counties. Not quite as challenging as the 'seven summits' perhaps but its the best i'm going to do with this beer gut and I've done 11 counties at this point at least. Mt. Leinster of course represents something of a cheat as you can bag the highest point in Wexford and Carlow in one swoop. I originally planned to ascend from Ballycrystal and do Black Rock Mountain and the East Top but the mist was really bad, down to about 300m. I therefore went up by the TV road and it was a pleasant enough experience, having the mountain to myself, shrouded in mist, but having the road to guide me. However there were a right clutch of workmen up at the mast. I thought about doing a quick over and back to the East Top but the ground was awful, I couldn't see a thing, and I didn't have enough trust in my map and compass skills. So it was back to the car park with me. Linkback:
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