Miner's Way & Historical Trail

Miner's Way & Historical Trail

Miner's Way & Historical Trail
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The Miners' Way and Historical Trail is a long distance way marked trail (118km) which traces the route taken by the Coal Miners through the picturesque hills and valleys of counties Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon.
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gordon e
Newtownards12 contributions
Sep 2021
Was recommended by a friend to visit, very interesting experience and well worth travelling to. Entry into the mine itself is not a difficult task and could be undertaken by all ages, it is wet so leave your flip flops in the car, but I would say ordinary footwear is fine, I found it a little cold but others were wearing shorts. Guide Gerry was great, due to present restrictions a little hard to understand, masks visors etc, but felt completely safe during the entire experience. Lovely soup, sandwiches and coffee afterwards.
Written 8 September 2021
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1Glenellen
County Kildare, Ireland26 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
Bricklieve Mountains
On Sunday we drove out from Sligo, leaving one car in Castlebaldwin and travelling on a further 7 km to Ballinafad, from where we started our walk. This is one of those walks where you need two separate OS sheets, sheet 25 and sheet 33. We dedicated this walk to a friend who is battling with a terminal illness. We left Ballinafad by the old castle and after passing under the N4 we walked for a further 1.5 km before turning right at the signpost for the historic trail and we were soon climbing into the Bricklieve Mountains. As we gained height the views back over Ballinafad and Lough Arrow rewarded our effort. Higher up we could soon see Lough Kee and shortly afterwards, glimpses of Lough Allen were had to the East. A series of tracks led us to where we crossed a gorge and up to this part of the walk the underfoot was grassy over limestone with an abundance of wild flowers including primula and a delightful scilla like purple flower. Having regained our height on the other side of the gorge we were on peat and quickly found and followed an old turf cutters road with a long easy walk to the side of Carrowkeel itself. For a short while it then appeared that we were losing our height and that we might even pass by that low summit. But Sean’s map reading skills were as reliable as ever and we quickly came to a point where some parked cars indicated that there is an easier way to get to the top of Carrowkeel. From this point a further turf cutters road winds around the summit of Carrowkeel and with a gentle climb we soon had travelled the one km from the parked cars to just under the summit with its cairns and passage tombs.
A short climb then takes you to the first cairn. This mound of stones has no indication that there may have been a portal and passage underneath. But the views to the North and Northwest are truly spectacular. We can just glimpse the tops of the Cuilcagh Mountains. To the North is the outline of Ben Bulben and beyond that the misty outline of the mountains of south Donegal. Knocknaree and the Ox Mountains define the West of this area and just south of the Ox we can see Nephin More beside Crossmolina and the faint outline of Croagh Patrick protruding south of that again. One can easily imagine a clan chief standing here five thousand years ago surveying this great fertile bowl stretching north to Sligo and concerning himself with the security of his clan located there. Indeed there is a cairn on the north brow of several of the hills close by almost as if they were territorial markers. And they may have been.
We quickly climbed to the second cairn which had a portal and an internal passage. Standing on top of this cairn and looking north directly over the first cairn our gaze is led to the sharp rock known as Keelogyboy Mountain just beside Ben Bulben. It is as if the alignment marks Keelogyboy as the northern outpost of the clan territory. The third cairn is a further short walk to the south. It also has a portal and the passage extends downwards beneath the mound for about six metres. Standing on top of this cairn gives a 360 degree view. We gazed south over Leitrim with Lough Kee clearly visible as were the stretches of the Shannon south of Carrick on Shannon. Many photos were taken.
We soon walked back to the car park and headed north towards the donkey sanctuary and further down to Castlebaldwin and partook of welcome refreshments at McDermott’s. A wonderful, life affirming day. It is about sixteen km and not particularly difficult and we most certainly recommend it.
Written 14 May 2019
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