Carlin Signs Exploration Agreement With Barrick

May 20, 2008

White Rock, B.C. – Carlin Gold Corporation (TSX Venture, CGD), ("Carlin" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has entered into an exploration agreement with Barrick Gold Exploration Inc. ("Barrick") on a precious metals property in Lander County, Nevada, located 13 miles south of the town of Battle Mountain on the Battle Mountain-Eureka Mineral Trend. The property consists of a total of 102 unpatented claims controlled by Barrick; 66 claims are owned directly by Barrick and 36 claims are held by Barrick through a lease agreement with a third party.

Under the terms of the agreement the Company has the option to acquire 60% of Barrick's interest in the property by completing expenditures totaling $650,000 over five years, and assuming the underlying lease obligations. Carlin has a firm obligation to spend a minimum of $50,000 of the earn-in obligation within the first year of the agreement. Upon completion of the required expenditures, Carlin has the option to enter into an exploration, development, and mine operating agreement, with Carlin holding 60% interest and Barrick holding 40% interest. If Carlin exercises its option, Barrick has the option to participate or give up its interest and retain a net smelter returns royalty interest ranging between 0.50% to 3.00%. If Barrick elects to participate, Carlin and Barrick will bear additional exploration expenditures in the proportions of their respective interests. If a party's interest is diluted to less than 10%, it will be converted to a nonworking 2% net smelter returns royalty.

The Barrick property is adjacent to Carlin's Betty O'Neal Mine property, the site of historic silver production during 1882 to 1929. The Betty O'Neal acquisition was announced August 30, 2007. Carlin's expanded property position consists of approximately 2,100 acres, of which 625 acres are fee lands and 1,475 acres are unpatented mining claims.

The Company has completed data compilation and is currently conducting a field exploration program which will result in drill target selection.

Scientific and technical information in this news release has been reviewed by Robert Thomas, the Company's qualified person pursuant to National Instrument 43-101.

About Carlin

Carlin Gold Corporation is a junior resource company focused on gold exploration in Nevada. The Company currently controls eight properties in Nevada, including a joint venture project with a partner earning an interest.

"Wayne Livingstone"

Wayne Livingstone, President

Telephone: (604) 669-9970


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Certain disclosures in this release, including management's assessment of Carlin's plans and projects, constitute forward-looking statements that are subject to numerous risks, uncertainties and other factors relating to Carlin's operation as a mineral exploration company that may cause future results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Carlin expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.