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

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Blackstairs Mountain Mountain An Charraig Dhubh A name in Irish Ir. An Charraig Dhubh [], 'the black rock' Carlow/ Wexford County in Leinster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Dark grey semi-pelitic, psammitic schist Bedrock

Height: 732.1m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 68 Grid Reference: S81059 44833
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Longitude: -6.805818, Latitude: 52.549212 , Easting: 281059, Northing: 144833 Prominence: 540m,  Isolation: 1.9km
ITM: 680990 644879,   GPS IDs, 6 char: BlckMn, 10 char: BlckstMntn
Bedrock type: Dark grey semi-pelitic, psammitic schist, (Ballybeg Member)

Caher Roe's Den is a cave on the SW ridge of this peak. A jutting pinnacle at this place is called Sthurra [MacNeill, 225]. Caher Roe's Den is named after Cathaoir na gCapall of the O’Dempsey family from Laois. After he was dispossessed, he turned rapparee and stole horses. He was hanged at Maryborough (Port Laoise) in August 1735. The Den is reputed to hold his treasure. However, Máire MacNeill remarks: We doubt if Cathaoir na gCapall ever had to take refuge there. The cave-dwelling abductor, the owner of treasure in the bowels of the mountain, was not, we are sure, the eighteenth century raparee, but an ancient deity, possibly the remote divine ancestor of the Leinstermen, Cathair Már. Local people used to climb to Caher Roe's Den on Mountain Sunday, the last Sunday of July [MacNeill, 225-27].   Blackstairs Mountain is the second highest mountain in the Blackstairs Mountains area and the 88th highest in Ireland. Blackstairs Mountain is the second highest point in county Carlow and also the second highest in Wexford.

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Picture: Blackstairs Mountain from Kiltealy to the NE
Great viewpoint above a patchwork quilt of fields
Short Summary created by Peter Walker, Onzy  4 Aug 2018
Blackstairs Mountain is a prominent hill on the main ridgeline separating Carlow from Wexford. The hill’s prominence means views are good in all directions, mostly over flatlands, but dominated by the mast-arrayed peak of Mount Leinster to the north.

Blackstairs is a hill-walker friendly region and there are a number of approaches marked locally. Perhaps the most straight-forward ascent is from the Scullogue Gap, parking at S81378 47884 starA. There is a well-worn track from here which can be quite wet. About 2 to 2.5 hours.

Another approach is from the south-east, at the start of a forest track at S 809 410 starB. Follow the track up to the col between Carrigalachan and Caher Roe’s Den and head north along the ridge from here. A further approach, recommended by Joss Lynam, is to park at S 7924 4508 starC, head east onto the right, then north to the top.

The entire ridge can be traversed also, starting from around S75817 35576 starD, taking in Bran Scultair, Carrigroe and Carrigalachan, before reaching Blackstairs Mountain itself and then descending to the Scullogue Gap, with the option of extending further to Mount Leinster and coming off the ridge at the Nine Stones (S81643 54638 starE). The entire traverse would be in excess of 8 hours.

Among the rocky outcrops of Caher Roe’s Den (S801 439 starF), on the southwest spur of Blackstairs Mountain, is a cave, reputed to hold the treasure of the O’Dempsey family of Laois. Linkback:
scannerman on Blackstairs Mountain, 2008
by scannerman  8 Oct 2008
the more remarkable thing about blackstairs mountain is the view on top, mt leinster to the immediate north is the only other high point, and south,east and west directions are uninterrupted expanses of flat countryside
least thats how it appears so high above, looking down the west flank, the mountain drops quite steeply to a maze of patch work fields far below fanning out to the far horizon
blackstairs mountain is also known locally as white mountain and near the summit an old rusted iron cross marks the spot where a light aircraft crashed killing its pilot quite some years ago,
according to locals the story is true although nobody i asked could put a date on it

is a easy enough hill to climb and definately worth it on a fine day for the views on top Linkback:
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Picture: Blackstairs Mountain from Cahir Roe's Den
djouce on Blackstairs Mountain, 2009
by djouce  10 Apr 2009
A short pleasant hike up Blackstairs starts at a well-signposted trail not far from Sculloge Gap (see walk description) which leads over rough ground to the top of Blackstairs mountain. Follow the ridge towards Cahir Roe's Den, (fires - presumably to clear heather were burning) drop to the col and follow the green road to Knockmulgurry. The area is quite well-signed. Local people are welcoming to walkers as other writers have commented. Linkback:
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Picture: View from the north.
Speckled sky, misty slopes.
by simon3  25 Nov 2021
One late November day with a cool north wind, this was the view of Blackstairs Mountain from the north. Linkback:
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Picture: (L to R) Caher Roe's Den and Blackstairs Mountain viewed from the SE
csd on Blackstairs Mountain, 2007
by csd  7 Oct 2007
It's also possible to attack Blackstairs Mountain from the southeast. Park at the start of the forest track at S 809 410 starB and follow it up to the saddle between Carrigalachan and Caher Roe's Den. Turn right and up you go: navigation is straightforward. Some damage from quad bikes is evident on the Den. The picture shows the view of Caher Roe's Den and Blackstairs Mountain from the forest track mentioned above. Linkback:
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Nature at its best
by Gobbledygook  16 Jun 2014
An absolutely fantastic area with breathtaking views. A patchwork of beautiful colours from nature. There are a few trails to follow which are easy to access and are well signposted. I will have to return to explore further. Linkback:
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