Section 7 Slish Wood to Dromahair
The final section of the Sligo Way begins by traversing scenic Slish Wood on the shores of Lough Gill. Innisfree is a beautiful island with many indigenous species of trees and shrubs and was made famous by William Butler Yeats in the renowned poem 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree'. Innisfree can be clearly seen from the viewing area to the north of the trail in the Millennium forest at 75km. This is followed by a section of minor roads and tracks, winding up with a pleasant woodland path along the Bonet River in Dromahair.
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.
71km – From the car park at Slish Wood, follow the way marked trail along the winding woodland path overlooking Lough Gill. As the track veers right uphill, keep left along the lakeshore.
74km – Ignore a turn left down to private property and continue on the grassy path. Cross a small footbridge and shortly after this exit Slish Woods onto rough moorland. A number of paths follow parallel routes to the lake shore – follow the way marked trail. Reach an area of native woodland; this is one of the Millennium forests where a native tree has been planted on behalf of every household in Ireland using native Irish seed. These trees were planted as part of the restoration of these native woodland communities. Follow a forest road which leads out to Trawane Bay.
76.5km – Turn left down a wide dirt road and at the next sharp bend turn right uphill into a woody copse. Ignore a turn into an old house and continue through the forest, emerging onto a minor road.
80km – Pass the ruined Creevelea Abbey on the right- hand side where the road descends past a cottage. Follow a pleasant woodland path leading to a concrete footbridge. Enter Dromahair village beside the Abbey Hotel.
Did you know?
Creevelea Abbey was erected at a great cost in 16th Century by the O'Rourke's but only existed for 28 years before it was destroyed by fire. It was the last Franciscan friary to be built in Ireland before the dissolution of the monasteries imposed by Henry VIII. Also of note is Parkes Castle a 17th Century fortified manor house visible on the northern shores of Lough Gill.
*Sections of this route cross Coillte property, for up to date information on diversions/closures due to tree felling, please visit www.coillteoutdoors.ie