Lakeside Heritage Project

The Blessington Lakeside Heritage Project is an initiative to explore and record the heritage of this part of Wicklow, developed by the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council in association with the local community.

The project involved compiling information about the nature, history, folklore and rich cultural heritage of this part of north west Wicklow into a unique online resource with photos, text, interviews, and film footage. The content created has been used to develop a Heritage Trail around the Blessington Lakes and the material generated through this project can be used as the baseline content for future local tourism initiatives such as publications and signs.

Places featured in the project include; Russborough, Baltyboys, Boystown, Valleymount, Ballyknockan, Templeboden, Ballynultagh, Lacken and Blessington town. Themes featured cover a wealth of stories and folklore about local landmarks; Neolithic settlements,  flooded villages; granite stone cutting traditions and the rebuilding of Dublin after the 1916 Rising.

The project was funded by The Heritage Council and Wicklow County Council as an action of the county Wicklow Heritage Plan.

Pick up your copy of the Lakeside Heritage Brochure in tourist offices in county Wicklow courtesy of the Baltinglass Municipal District Office. You can also download a copy as a pdf at the bottom of this page. Coming soon West Wicklow and South West Wicklow Heritage Trails

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