Section 1 Lough Talt to Lough Easkey
The Sligo Way begins with a route directly through forest plantations. It connects to the Western Way at the gap above Lough Talt.
Grade: Moderate - These trails may have some climbs and may have an uneven surface where the going is rough underfoot with some obstacles such as protruding roots, rocks etc. The routes are appropriate for people with a moderate level of fitness and some walking experience. Specific outdoor walking footwear and clothing is recommended.
The Sligo way starts/finishes at Largan/Lough Talt Church near the head of Lough Talt. It follows a minor road for a couple of kilometres before turning left onto a broad forestry road, through several fields of conifers. Continue straight through a cross roads leading to a picturesque ruin. 6.5km – Just above the ruin, the road veers right, keep left along a grassy way marked path which climbs gently up hill, this path is soft underfoot during wet weather. Pass a crest and fork right onto a forest road, continue along the track through the forest clearing, with stunning views over Lough Easkey. Reach the forest edge; keep left across two wooden footbridges, crisscrossing drains. Continue across open moorland until you reach the shore of Lough Easkey and a rough lakeside track. Follow the yellow way markers to the right along the lakeshore, turn right and cross some open farmland past a cottage to reach the public road.
Did you know?
The Famine Wall - a massive stone wall runs from the gap above Lough Talt to Gorteslin, along the lower slope of the Ox Mountains almost parallel to the R294. Although it was never completed, local folklore tells of it being built as an estate boundary in the 1840s, before and during the famine, by tenants in return for food.
*Please note NO DOGS are permttted on this section of trail.
*Sections of this route cross Coillte property, for up to date information on diversions/closures due to tree felling, please visit www.coillteoutdoors.ie