Wednesday 21 March 2018


Christopher Somerville

MAP: OS of Ireland 1:50,000 Discovery Sheet 26; map/ instructions downloadable at or

TRAVEL: (2 cars): N16 or A4 to Blacklion; N16 towards Manorhamilton. On outskirts of Blacklion, left on R206.

Follow 'Glangevlin, Cavan, Shannon Pot' for 5 miles (8km); then left (brown 'Shannon Pot' sign) to Shannon Pot car park. Leave one car; return in the other to Blacklion.

WALK DIRECTIONS: At crossroads, turn up beside Enzo's ('Cavan Way'/CW). In 3 miles (1km), left (CW yellow arrow and 'walking man' symbol) along lane past Ture, up to Corratirrim. Pass house; bear right up open ground with wall on right (CW).

Nearing forestry, right over stile (CW); right along forest edge; left over stile (CW). Woodland path to forest road; left (CW, 'Burren').

Follow CW past 'Lost Valley' fingerpost; past Boulder Grave and Ghobain's Mound (signed left and right -- both worth a detour); to Calf House dolmen on right.

Left here (CW) on grassy track, following Giant's Leap wedge tomb/CW, to pass wedge tomb, Druid's Chair, Ring Marked Stone (all signed). CW turns left over wall; steeply down slope (CWs). Just before white house, bear right (CW) to road at Manragh.

Follow road to Legeelan crossroads (sweathouse on right, 100m up lane opposite). Left at Legeelan crossroads; in 300m pass church; ignore 'Garvagh Lake' to left and keep ahead for 1 mile, passing Mullaghboy turn on left.

Just after rough lane ('West Cavan Gun Club' notice) on left, right over stile. Follow CWs over boggy meadows, through forestry and on to car park. Left to visit Shannon Pot; return to car park.

LENGTH: 8½ miles with detours/14km. Allow 4-5 hours.

GRADE: Moderate.

CONDITIONS: Parts are very boggy; waterproof footwear advised.

DON'T MISS: Wonderful flowery uplands above Corratirrim; fragrant and greater butterfly orchids (June onwards) between Mullaghboy and Shannon Pot; Megalithic tombs in the Burren Forest.

REFRESHMENTS: Macnean House, Blacklion (dinner Wednesday-Sunday, lunch Sunday). Try their ballotine of rabbit or braised shoulder of venison -- tiptop local ingredients and cooking. Tel: 071 985 3022;

BEST PICNIC SPOT: On the slopes above either Corratirrim or Manragh.

ACCOMMODATION: Clancys of Glenfarne (071 985 3116; -- very welcoming and helpful. Two nights' double B&B, dinner and packed lunches for €119pp.

GUIDED WALKS: Oliver Usher. Tel: 086 170 6767; email

CAVAN TIC: Tel: 049 433 1942;

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