Loughs of Killeshandra - way to go
MAP: OS of Ireland 1:50,000 Discovery 34; downloadable map/instructions (highly recommended) at discoverireland.ie/walking.
TRAVEL: Rail (irishrail.ie). Bus (www.buseireann.ie): 465 from Cavan (Tuesdays only). Road: R207 from Belturbet, R199 from Ballinamore, R201 from Carrick-on-Shannon. Town Lough car park (‘Killeshandra Woodland Walk’ brown sign) off Belturbet road on edge of Killeshandra.
WALK DIRECTIONS: Pass ‘Loop Walks’ sign; follow purple arrows (PA) beside Town Lough. In a quarter mile, right up bank, left along R207 pavement. In 200m, cross road; follow forest track (PA) for over 2 miles to road. Right (PA) for three-quarter miles, then right into forest (PA) for half a mile to road. Right; cross road at picnic place; continue into Killeshandra. At foot of town, right (‘Belturbet’) to Town Lough car park. LENGTH: 5.5 miles — allow two hours.
GRADE: Easy. DON’T MISS: The beauties of Town Lough and Pleasure Lake; red squirrels in the woods (keep your eyes peeled!). REFRESHMENTS: Plenty of places in Killeshandra.
ACCOMMODATION: Ethel and Donald Woodhouse, Glencloy House, Drumgoon, Killeshandra (049 433 4315) — wonderful, warm and friendly house.
INFORMATION: Cavan Tourist Office, Farnham Street, Cavan. Tel: 049 433 1942; cavantourism.com.