This charity hike with the Holey Soles Hill Walking Club visited a quiet corner of an Irish county I’ve long had a soft spot for, Leitrim.
Sometimes known as Boleybrack Mountain, this area of upland heath and bog lies to the southeast of Manorhamilton and southwest of Glenfarne. It is the site of a successful conservation project for Irish Red Grouse.
Top image: Some of the group with The Playbank mountain beyond
Our walk started high up on the hillside at a parking area for the Leitrim Way walking route, at G953359. We followed the waymarked track to Doo Lough then cut off over open mountain to visit several other loughs before ascending to the high point at Lackagh Mountain (449m). From here we headed northeast back towards Doo Lough, keeping the large forest to our right. Our lunch spot was at Lough Kip, the largest lake we visited.
Below are some of the views during the course of the walk. These were extensive (if hazy at times), taking in the surrounding hills, mountains and lakes, and stretching from the coast at Sligo Bay deep inland.
View northwest towards Truskmore (with the TV transmitter), the highest of the Dartry Mountains and County High Point of both Sligo and Leitrim.
West across Lough Gill to Knocknarea with its huge summit cairn known as Queen Maeve’s Grave
Lough Strand, one of the numerous lakes dotted around Boleybrack, with Cuilcagh and The Playbank mountains beyond
The summit trig pilliar on Lackagh Mountain with Lough Allen beyond
Setting off from the summit with views of the mountains on the far shore of Lough Allen
On the way back to our start point, with Thur Mountain in the distance to the north
Almost back at our start point, with a great view over Lough Macnean Upper; it straddles Leitrim, Fermanagh and Cavan
Total distance: 14.2km / 8.8 miles
Map: OSI or OSNI 26