Distance: 4k Ascent: 70m/30m Estimated Time: 1hr – 1hr 30mins Grade: Easy Map: OS Sheet 28A, H688 434 Terrain: Lakeshore path
Emyvale is situated on the N2 in Co Monaghan, midway between the town of Monaghan and the border with Northern Ireland at Aughnacloy.
Entering the town from the Monaghan side, take a right, signposted Old Mill Road. After 200m, veer right at the GAA pitch.
Another 2k takes you to a three-way junction at a sharp right bend. Turn left here, following the signpost for Emy Lough. The trailhead is located at a car park and picnic area on your right just 200m down this road.
From the mapboard, follow the purple arrow along the road for 600m to a junction with a minor roadway on your right – turn right here.
Follow this minor roadway through the townland of Emy for 1k. Emy Lough keeps you company on your right along the route. After 1k, watch for a laneway on your right – turn right here.
After 100m, watch out for a metal structure on your right – this is a sluice gate which is used to drain water from the lake when it is in flood.
After another 100m, the roadway swings sharp left, but you turn right and join a sandy roadway on to the shore of the lake.
Continue to follow the purple arrows along this sandy roadway as it takes you along the lakeshore and through beautiful copses of native woodland. After 2.5k, you arrive back to the trailhead.