Aclare – Fidon Slí na Slainte
The route commences in Aclare Village, take the left turn which is opposite Gallagher public house and continue on this road for approx 2 km passing a farm yard on you right, immediately after the farmyard turn left at Gurrie’s Corner. Continue straight on this road; turn right at the next junction , Nealon’s Corner. Continue on the Coolerecuil Road, passing by a farmyard on your left. Up Carn’s Hill and at the top of the hill turn left onto the Aclare/Tourlestrane Road and return to the village.
Distance: 4.8 km. Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours. Grade: Easy to Moderate.
Essentials: Good walking boots or shoes, mobile phone and fluids.
Kilmactigue – Carrowreagh Sli na Slainte
This route begins at Kilmactigue Church close to the old national school, continue up a hill keeping left; stay on this road passing over a small bridge and then taking the next turn to the right; proceed on this road until you come out onto the Carraloban / Aclare Road, turn right, pass over Carrolobane Bridge. After the bridge take the road to the right; and keep on this road until you return back to Kilmactigue Church
Distance: 4 km. Duration: 1.5 to 2 hrs. Grade: Easy/Moderate
The Sligo Way – National Waymarked Way
The Sligo Way is a 74 km route that traverses the County of Sligo in the northwest of Ireland from Lough Talt, in the Ox Mountains near the Mayo border, to the town of Dromahair in County Leitrim. There are magnificent views east over to Ben Bulben, north across Donegal Bay to Slieve League and west to the Nephin mountain range from the high moorland in the Ox Mountains during the early part of the route, and some pleasant woodland lakeside sections towards the end. As the route begins in the mountains, the total aggregate ascent over the entire route is only 900 metres, and there are no significant climbs involved at any stage. Attractions along the way include a crannog or early lake dwelling on Lough Talt, megalithic tombs, which are abundant in west Sligo, and WB Yeats’s Lake Isle of Inishfree on Lough Gill. But for short boggy and wet sections near Easky Lough, Ballygawley Woods, Lough Lumman and the Lough Gill area, the route provides, in the main, an enjoyable and comfortable walking experience. Terrain consists mainly of forest tracks and ride lines, quiet side roads, and open moorland paths (often wet and boggy in places).
Distance: 74 km. Duration: 3 days in total. Grade: Difficult.
Essentials: Walking/Hiking Boots, Walking Stick, Raingear, Food & Fluids and Mobile Phone.
Start point grid reference: G 389 160
Finish point grid reference: G 802 315
This walk traces the shores of Lough Easkey, a peaceful and scenic lake surrounded by forest plantations. The blanket bog on this route is designated a special area of conservation boasting rare types of moss and threatened bird species like the Greenland white fronted goose and Irelands only native reptile the common lizard has also been spoted here.
Starting from the carpark on the left, this remote nature trail crosses blanket bog with a combination of of forest tracks, laneways and minor roads, leading walkers into the Ox Mountains, offering stunning lakeshore views from part of the Sligo Way.
Did You Know?
The name ‘Easkey’ means ‘Plentiful in Fish’, and the lake is fittingly abundant in salmon and trout.
Distance: 6 km. Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours. Grade: Moderate.
Essentials: Walking boots, Raingear, Walking Stick, Packed Lunch/Drinks/Mobile Phone.
Starting point Grid Ref: G 448 23
This is a remarkably scenic walk around the shores of picturesque Lough Talt. The lake and its surroundings are home to a diverse range of bird life, with wild ducks, swans and dippers to be seen overhead. The lake also boasts an abundance of brown trout, making it a popular destination with anglers.
The ﬁrst section of this walk is along a lake shore track with the return journey along a busy road. For this reason families with young children may prefer to make their return back along the same track.
Follow the track along the western shore of the lake. Head uphill from the lake, past the ruins of some houses, through the gates and onto an old road. Take a right turn onto the R 294 near the gap and follow the main road back along the eastern side of the lake shore.
Did you know?
During the year of the French (1798), General Humbert marched his army through the Lough Talt valley on the way from Bonniconlon. A French soldier perished and was buried by the local people of Gorterslin, (French Mans Grave), a plaque was erected in April 2012 to commemorate the fallen french soldier.
Distance: 5.5 km. Duration: 1.5 hours. Grade: Easy
Essentials: Walking boots/shoes, Raingear, Walking Stick, Refreshments & Food, Mobile Phone
The Trail head official start point is located at the parish church in Attymachugh , Foxford, Co. Mayo. The Western slopes of the Ox mountains are home to a herd of “Feral” goats, the descendants of domestic goats run wild. For much of the year the “?Billy goats, with their fine horns, live in groups separate from their females (Nannies) and their Kids which are born in early spring. The goats are the focus of the annual goat fair held each year in Foxford on the 15th May and at Curry Goat Fair on the August Bank Holiday Monday.
Walkers are to expect Country lanes, bog tracks and hillside, taking in sections of the Foxford Way.
Distance: 10 km Duration: 2 to 3.5 hours.
Essentials: Study Walking/Trekking Boots, Waterproofs, Refreshments & Fluids, Mobile Phone.
The trailhead official start point is located at a small parking area at the top of Roskey Hill in the townland of Glenduff, (OS Sheet 31, G305 092). The Trail is waymarked using a black post about 1 metre high, with a direction travel arrow (Purple). Walkers expect surface roads, country lanes and bog / mountain tracks.
Distance: 14 km Duration: 4 to 4.5 hours Grade: Moderate to Hard.
Essentials: Sturdy Walking/Trekking Boots, Waterproofs, Refreshments & Fluids, Mobile Phone.
LEAVE NO TRACE:
Principles of Outdoor Ethics.
Please adhere to this code when walking and enjoying the great outdoors.
1. Plan ahead and prepare. 5. Travel on durable surfaces
2. Dispose of Waste properly 6. Minimise the effects of FIRE
3. Leave what you find 7. Respect Wildlife and Farm Stock.
4. Be considerate of others