Blackstairs Walk 2024

2024 Blackstairs Walk will take place on 18th May 2024. Further details will be posted on this page when available.

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The Blackstairs marathon walk

The Blackstairs Walk is a 33 km mountain walk along the Carlow-Wexford border. The walk begins at Killanure (Grid Ref. S 893 537) off the R746  road from Bunclody to Kiltealy, and ends at Byrnes Pub in Glynn, Co. Carlow (Grid Ref. S 745 395). The walk involves a cumulative ascent of 1,670 metres and takes an average of 9 hours to complete. A certificate will be awarded to all those who complete the walk.


  • Be over 16 years of age. Participants between the ages of 12 and 16 will only be considered if they are accompanied by an adult who is an experienced hill-walker at all times while on the walk. Entrants under 12 are not allowed.
  • Be in fit physical condition.
  • Have reasonable hill walking experience.
  • Have wind and waterproof clothing (top and bottom) , and wear suitable hiking boots or fell shoes. Trainers are not suitable.
  • Have a compass and Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 68, or Blackstairs Map from East West Mapping
  • If you cannot navigate using map/compass or application such as viewranger, you must walk in a group with someone that does.
  • Start the walk between 7.30 and 8.30 A.M.
  • Reach the Checkpoint at Scullogue Gap not later than 1.00 P.M.
  • Finish the walk not later than 6.30 P.M.
  • Carry their Control cards during the walk.
  • Pay the entry fee €TBC. Price includes transport from Glynn and food at end of walk.
  • No dogs allowed on the walk


  1. Stewards may refuse entry and shall not be obliged to disclose a reason.
  2. Stewards may disqualify participants who do not reach the checkpoints within the allotted times, or who are unfit in their opinion to complete the walk.
  3. Participants must follow the route designated.
  4. Participants shall only leave the walk at a checkpoint, having first surrendered their control card and informed the stewards that they are doing so.
  5. The organisers of the walk shall not be responsible for any mishap, injury or damage regardless of the cause.
  6. In the event of an accident, Stewards at the nearest checkpoint should be informed as soon as possible.
  7. Participants are requested not to leave litter, and avoid damage to private property, fences etc.
Buses will leave from 6.45am to 7:15 approx. for the start of the walk. Participants are advised not to drive to the start as there is NO official transport from the finish back to the start.
See above

EastWest Mapping have produced a 1:25000 Map of the Blackstairs area, which is available costing €9.95 plus P&P from . It should also be available at O'Leary's (Bunclody) and Great Outdoors (Dublin).

blackstairs profile

(note - we do not recommend you do Knockroe, as the descent is over very difficult ground. There's a path to the left which is the preferred route.


blackstairs aerial

Useful Information .


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06:45am to 07:15 approx
Buses leave Glynn for the start of the walk.
Official start time of the walk at Killanure.

Latest start time at Killanure.


Accommodation is your own responsibility to organise.

This is not a exhaustive list of accommodation in the area.

 St. Mullins / Glynn / Drummond
 Mulvarra House   353-51-424 936 
 Waterside   353-59-9724 246

 Graiguenamanagh / Borris
 Helen Doyle   353-59-9724 625 
 Step House Hotel, Borris   353 - 59-9773 209
 Mount Brandon Cottages, Tinnahinch   085-7317501 or 059-9724789
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 Camping - Brandon Hill Camping, Graiguenamanagh

086 882 5875