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Lough Easkey

Walk Information:

  • Length: 6km
  • Ascent: 20m
  • Time: 1hr 30mins to 2hrs
  • Trailhead: Roadside Parking
  • Waymarking: None
  • OSI Map Series: Series 24, G448 23
  • Longitude: 54.1590166262
  • Latitude: -8.8446807861
  • Suggested Gear: Hiking boots, raingear, snacks, fluid & mobile phone

Directions - How to get to the Trailhead.

Take the N4 toward Dublin, after approximately 5km take the N59 signposted Ballina. Just after Dromore West village, take the first left, sign-posted Tubbercurry continue for approximately 11km until you arrive at the lakeshore trail head.

This walk traces the shores of Lough Easkey, a peaceful and scenic lake surrounded by forest plantations. The blanket bog on this route is designated a special area of conservation boasting rare types of moss and threatened bird species like the Greenland white fronted goose and Irelands only native reptile the common lizard has also been spotted here.

The Route

Starting from the carpark on the left, this remote nature trail crosses blanket bog with a combination of of forest tracks, laneways and minor roads, leading walkers into the Ox Mountains, offering stunning lakeshore views from part of the Sligo Way.

Did You Know?

The name ‘Easkey’ means ‘Plentiful in Fish’, and the lake is fittingly abundant in salmon and trout.