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Guarding the southeastern shores of Lough Allen, 585m-high Slieve Anierin is one of the best known summits in Leitrim. The peak is commonly known by it’s Irish name, Sliabh An Iarainn, which translates as ‘the iron mountain’ and provides a clue to the role the hill has played in recent history.

An ancient Irish legend relates that the Tuatha De Danann landed in Ireland in this very place:they decended in a thick mist and on discovering iron, forged metal weapons. With their superior armour, they then set to battle and defeated the Formorian tribe at the battle of Magh Tuireadh.

Aghacashel, the starting point for most of the walking trails, is situated between Drumshanbo and Ballinamore (N3 to Ballinamore, N4 to Carrick on Shannon)

Poulthyclogher Cave Augacashel just 3km from Drumshanbo

There are several marked walking routes around Slieve Anierin, which are detailed on a map board at Aghacashel Post Office.
Walk Cards are also available at the shop/post office with the distance and time listed for each walk, brief notes on route finding and local and natural history.
Walks ranging from a short stroll of 20-30 minutes to longer outings of a couple of hours

Walkers will stand in awe at the breathtaking panoramic views over the West and Midlands of Ireland, or wonder at the amount and variety of flora and fauna encountered; foxes, hares, rabbits, badgers, ravens and Peregrine Falcons.

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Walks      Sliabh an Iarainn Mountain is the beautiful rugged mountain in County Leitrim, which ascends 585 metres from the eastern shore of Lough Allen. Walkers will stand in awe at the breathtaking panoramic views over the west and midlands of Ireland, or wonder at the amount and variety of flora and fauna encountered and foxes, hares, rabbits, badgers, ravens and peregrine falcons. There are walks each month. Please telephone in advance to confirm.

Mountain Views Walking Festival

Sli Liatroma is a 48km walk through a variety of landscape forms that are common to this beautiful but little known part of north west Ireland. Beginning in typical drumlin country the walker travels through increasingly more beautiful scenery until reaching the summit and wilderness of the uplands at Barlear. The route is made up of tracks old and new in its entirety, resulting in a fairly fast pace. The walk is generally more attractive if undertaken from Drumshanbo to Manorhamilton.

The Miners Way & Historical Trail are a network of walking paths which wind their way through adjoining parts of Counties Leitrim, Roscommon and Sligo. The Miners Way follows many of the paths used by the miners in the Arigna coal mines. This section makes a circuit starting from Arigna and travelling via Keadue, Ballyfarnon and Corrie Mountain to return to Arigna. The Historical Trail section runs in a great loop, leaving the Miners Way at Keadue and running to Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle, Carrowkeel, Castlebaldwin, Highwood and returning to the Miners Way at Ballyfarnon. A third loop connects the Miners Way to Sli Liatroma and goes around Lough Allen by Drumkeeran, Dowra, Drumshanbo and back to Arigna .

 

The Arigna Miners Way , including all links is 62kms (39 miles) in length and ascends some 1300 metres. The Historical Trail is 56kms (35miles) in length and ascends some 850 metres. They are most suitable for a weeks walking but the visitor can pick and choose which sections to walk. It links in with the Cavan Way at Dowra and thence to the Ulster Way.

View of the Lough Allen Basin

 

Useful Links

Sliabh An Iarainn

Map Walking Wild Brochure Map of Region

Lough Allen Cycle Sheemor Hill

Drumshanbo – A Walking and Cycling Guide

Lough Allen Hostel Accommodation 6 persons per room @ €16 B&B each per night ( Group rates available) 8 rooms available.  Caravan Accommodation Caravan /Campers €20 per night including showers / Electricity gh Allen Centre