Rinroe Walk

  • Trailhead: Car Park
  • Length: 4.8km
  • Ascent: 15m
  • Time: 1 - 1.5 hours
  • Suggested Gear: Rain gear, mobile phone, boots
  • Longitude: 54.392880
  • Latitude: -8.524283

The Trail Map:- OSI Map Series 16

This route takes the walker from Grange village to Rinroe and the coastal path beyond. It provides wonderful views of the surrounding landscape including Benbulbin, Donegal Bay and Slieve League in Co. Donegal. Rinroe comprises two staggered loops on extremely quiet cul-de-sac roads which access the coast, known in Ireland as “boreens” or little roads.

Rinroe Walk

The Route
From the trail head, located in the car park adjacent to the village green, cross the road and take the left between Lang’s pub and the parish hall. Upon leaving the village take the first right turn toward Newgrange, a small settlement of 5 houses. The sea shore is now visible as you pass through the deserted village of Lowerwood; keep an eye out for Classiebawn Castle in Mullaghmore which adorns the skyline as you look toward the north. Turn left (west) along the shore, as you walk, the sand dunes at Streedagh is visible across the bay.
Take the first boreen or laneway as a shortcut back to the village otherwise continue along the shore to the second lane to complete the full walk. Continue along the lane to Rinroe a unique clachan type settlement and finally follow the route back to Grange village.

Did you know?
Rinroe overlooks the dunes of Streedagh point where three ships belonging to the Spanish Armada were wrecked in 1588. The armada was amassed to attack and if possible wipe out the English navy fleet. However subsequent to the battle of Gravelines the fleet fled north rounding Scotland and Ireland in the hope of returning to Spain. The sailors that landed at Streedagh were massacred by English troops garrisoned in Sligo, however, some survived through a mixture of good fortune and assistance from some of Irish chieftains of the area. De Cuellar’s account of his experience of these events is an extremely significant piece of social history and his epic journey back to his homeland is commemorated to this day as part of the Celtic Fringe Festival, held in Grange each June.

Please note that during some extremely high tides the coastal section of this route may not be passable

Directions - How to get to the Trailhead.

3 thoughts on “Rinroe Walk

  1. The description of this walk refers to “the deserted village of Lowerwood” which is where my great-great grandparents Michael Rooney and Bridget Leonard lived. I’m hoping to find more information or photos of Lowerwood and I was wondering if anyone at Sligo Walks might be able to help.
    Thank you! Maire

    1. Maire , I know it’s very late replying to your 2018 message but Lowerwood is just beautiful and I hope to go there this week end and will get some fotos for you, if you still want them .

      1. Hello Margaret,

        Oh my, what a nice surprise to discover your message. It’s been quite a while since I checked this site. I’ve traveled to Ireland twice (2011, 2016) from the US but that was before I discovered that my great-great grandparents lived in Lowerwood. Hopefully I will be able to return because I dream about visiting that area to see where my family came from and perhaps even discover other family that are still living there.

        If you do have photos I’d love to see them although I’m not sure how that can be done. It doesn’t seem like you can email me through Sligo Walks. But I will promise to check in here regularly to see if you’ve found this reply and then perhaps we can come up with a way.

        Thank you again – I am just thrilled that you have reached out to me!


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