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Lough Talt Walk

Lough Talt Walk

Ascent: 30m
Length: 5.5km
Time: 1hr
Grade: Moderate
Minimum Gear: Hiking boots, raingear, snacks, fluid & mobile phone
OSI Map: Series 24
Services: Tubbercurry
Terain: Lakeshore tracks, laneways & a busy regional road
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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 route

The first section of this walk is along a lakeshore 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 R294 near the gap and follow the main road back along the eastern side of the lakeshore.

Did you know?

During the year of the French (1798), General Jean Joseph Amable Humbert marched his army through the Lough Talt valley on the way from Bonniconlon to battle in Longford. At least three French soldiers perished and are buried at the Old Gorterslin road overlooking Lough Talt (French Mans Grave) and on the Bonniconlon side of the gap in an area known as the French Man’s bridge.

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Directions from Sligo

First take the N4 in the direction of Dublin. At Coolooney take the N17 in the direction of Galway upon reaching Tubbercurry (approx.35km from Sligo)  at a T-junction take a right onto the R294 signposted Ballina. This road will bring you into the Ox Mountains.  After 13km you come over the brow of the hill and Lough Talt is visible, take a left turn onto a narrow road. Car parking is available along the lake shore.