Section 6 Collooney to Slish Wood
This route begins with a woodland walk through leafy Union Wood. Follow a rambling forest track through the Ballygawley Wood, and onwards up the slopes of Slieve Deane. The mountain route then leads onto rugged country and past Lough Lumman, followed by some rough tracks which lead down to Slish Wood.
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.
*Please note the route is diverted in Union Wood along the right side of the Ballygawley Lake. Please follow yellow way-markers arrows.
56km – From the Church spire in Collooney, continue down past the school, cross the road, follow the way marked trail past the corner of a two storey house, under a bridge and along a winding road that leads into Union Wood. At 58km it's worth making a detour to Union Rock, a good viewing point with commanding views in all directions. 59.5km – At a four way junction of tracks, keep left. Exit Union Wood, cross the R284 and follow the winding path up into the Ballygawley woods. Pass under power lines at 64km and continue along the stone track. 66km – The track winds through rocky cliffs and passes through a 'tunnel' of gorse (stiff, evergreen shrubs) before reaching Lough Lumman. 67km – The main track swings right and downhill towards the forest. Take care to locate a left turn, continuing along a less pronounced path. 68km – When you reach a forest corner turn right down a slabby fire break (take care especially if following this route in reverse). When you meet a track at the bottom corner, turn left. 69km – Cross a stream and continue on to a forest road. Follow this until you make a short steep climb to emerge on a better track. Turn right downhill to the main road and enter Slish Wood.
Did you know?
Union Rock is the highest point in Union Wood and gives superb views in all directions. Allegedly the wood takes its name from events at this location; following the passing of the act of union uniting the kingdoms of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales; it was here that Joshua Cooper of Markree hoisted the Union Jack in 1800.
*Sections of this route cross Coillte property, for up to date information on diversions/closures due to tree felling, please visit www.coillteoutdoors.ieGrade: 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.