The Trail Map:- OSI Map Series 25
Keshcorran Mountain is capped by a large un-opened cairn, known as the pinnacle, which can be seen from many parts of Co. Sligo. Seventeen caves are located on the western side of the mountain. The hill and it’s surroundings feature in a number of legendary tales including a story that tells of the birth of Cormac Mac Airt. Tradition says that Cormac Mac Airt was the most famous of the legendary kings of Ireland and was born at a well beneath the caves. His mother had given birth to him while trying to escape from Lughaidh Mac Conn who had killed her husband. While they lay sleeping baby Cormac was carried off by a wolf whose den was in a cave now known as Cormac’s cave. Cormac was discovered years later playing on all fours outside the caves with wolf cubs. Cormac went on to become a famous High King of Ireland.
The route begins from the car-park beside the RC Church in the village of Keash (just off the R295). Follow the way-marked route from the Church car-park along the narrow road beneath Keshcorran. After passing a left turn, continue a further 250 metres up the road to a stile on the right side of the road. Follow the way-marked route to the right along the field boundary. Cross a stone stile and continue along the route to the left up the hillside. Turn right and make your way carefully up the hill following the waymarkers along the sheep path to a viewing point just before the caves. Return along the same route back down to the car-park.
*We recommed that you excerise care when walking along the brow of the hill as this is a steep incline and the grass can sometimes be slippery underfoot, particularly after rainfall. Walking boots are recomended.
Did you know?
Keshcorran is the highest hill in the Bricklieve/Curlew area and the 894th highest in Ireland. Keshcorran is the most northerly summit in the Bricklieve/Curlew area and also the most westerly.
Directions – How to get to the Trailhead?
Starting in Ballymote, take the R295 towards Boyle. After approximately 7.5km turn left just before the Eastern Harps GAA pitch. This will bring you to St. Kevin’s RC Church, where roadside parking is available. Note that parts of this route are along a public road and that care is required along the route.