Highwood to Glen via Ballyfarnon

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Highwood to Glen via Ballyfarnon

Highwood to Glen via Ballyfarnon

Ascent: 420m
Length: 14km (9miles)
Time: 5 Hours
Waymarking: Black posts with yellow arrows
Grade: Moderate
Minimum Gear: Sturdy walking/trekking shoes, waterproofs, fluids, snacks and mobile phone
OSI Map: Series 25 & 26
Services: Ballyfamon
Terain: Country roads,Mountain trail
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Description: 

This final section of the Historical Trail links with the Miners' Way at Ballyfarnon. The uplands around Highwood are the site of the mythological Battles of Moytura and are also home to the Plain of Pillars. This name refers to the area's megalithic monuments. Look out for the Eglone, a huge limestone boulder which stands out against the landscape, deposited by ice age glaciers. Called an 'erratic' by geographers, the stone acquired its name thanks to a local legend which claims it was dropped here by a giant of the same name.

The route

30km – From Highwood, follow a quiet winding road past the Black Lough and the White Lough before joining the old coach road to Ballyfarnon. Follow the old coach road as it winds its way through the surrounding countryside of Carrickard and Creevagh with stunning views over Lough Skean.
35.5km – There is the option of a diversion to Ballyfarnon and Lough Mellagh. Otherwise, turn left by a two storey house to re-join the track again. Rejoin the R284 and cross Foyogues Bridge, before turning right onto a quieter road. Follow this road as it becomes a dirt track across the Carran Hill past St. Elba's shrine. Take care as you descend off the mountain to Glen Church.

Did you know?

There were two Battles of Moytura, the second battle being by far the more important of the two. It is believed that the two battles were separated by twenty-seven  years

 

*Sections of this route cross Coillte property, for up to date information on diversions/closures due to tree felling, please visit www.coillteoutdoors.ie

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