Gortin Glen & Vinegar Hill

Battle of Vinegar Hill The Battle of Vinegar Hill was an engagement during the Irish Rebellion of 1798 on 21 June 1798 when over 15,000 British soldiers launched an attack on Vinegar Hill outside Enniscorthy, County Wexford, the largest camp and headquarters of the Wexford United Irish rebels.

It marked a turning point in the Irish Rebellion of 1798, as it was the last attempt by the rebels to hold and defend ground against the British military.

Can you wait that long? But it was to a very different Vinegar Hill to which we repaired on Thursday, 22nd March 2012. Our walk started at the Barnes Gap car park, located at the junction of Landahussy Road (nice name) and Mullaghbane Roads, easily accessible from Gortin and Plumbridge and the only fighting at Vinegar Hill was for a good seat in the laneway beside it at lunch time. The hill turned out to be little more than a small bump in an otherwise majestic landscape - blink and you might miss it. And anyone seeking to use the "convenience" at the Landahussy car park was in for a long wait!

Vinegar Hill sign
Vinegar Hill Loop Sign
at Barnes Gap marks the route.
Numbers help mothers
identify their offspring (not).
derelict house on Vinegar Hill Loop
One more payment to the
bank and it will all be mine!
Planning walk?
The girls have a
pre-walk discussion
in the car park.
Turf wars
Turf wars
Walkers on Vinegar Hill Loop
Walkers on Vinegar Hill Loop
Drogheda Manures
Drogheda Manures
Vinegar Hill Loop
Vinegar Hill Loop
Gortin Glen Forest Park

We had all met initially in Gortin Glen Forest Park which marks the western gateway to the Sperrin Mountains and while half of the group set off for the Vinegar Hill Loop the remainder stayed to enjoy a great walk around Gortin Glen. The Park was first opened in 1967 and consists of purely coniferous woodland, originally planted for the sole purpose of timber production. It has many varied recreational trails and a five-mile long drive through the forest which offers some breathtaking views of the magnificent Sperrins scenery. Many thanks to Marina for providing the photographs featured below.

Gortin Glen Forest Park Gortin Glen Forest Park Gortin Glen Forest Park