Lough Easkey

  • Trailhead: Roadside Parking
  • Length: 6km
  • Ascent: 20m
  • Time: 1.5hr to 2hrs
  • Suggested Gear: Hiking boots, raingear, snacks, fluid & mobile phone
  • Longitude: 54.1590166262
  • Latitude: -8.8446807861

The Trail Map:- OSI Map Series 24

UPDATE: Dogs are not permitted on the off road sections of the trail as it crosses open farmland.

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.

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 and car-park.

5 thoughts on “Lough Easkey

  1. No dogs allowed. I won't visit.

    I was planning to go, but now it is off the list. I do not understand why dogs on a leash are not permitted.

    1. If you went and did the walk, you would understand why dogs are not permitted. There is sheep everywhere on the route and road and although the dog might be on a leash, there is not much space to pass the sheep to run on the road

      Plenty of places for walking dogs around Sligo, this is one of the very few places that it just doesn’t suit

    2. So you would give this amazing location a one star rating, having never even visited it. Wow. Another selfish dog owner who doesn’t get it. Sheep are easily spooked by dogs on a leash too – it’s not all about dogs chasing after them. This is a real problem during lambing season. There are sheep EVERYWHERE on this route, including on the trails.

  2. The scenery here is just amazing, I would take the drive just to see it. The loop is very marshy right now, if you want you test just how waterproof your boots are try this walk! The fact that a lot of the loop is so wet its not the easiest walk, maybe it will be dry in the summer… also the route is shared with a lot of sheep!

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