This walk circumnavigates Sheebeg (H025073) the junior partner of
Sheemore (G991048). The walk is named after the blind composer
Turlough O'Carolan (1670 - 1738). It is a pleasant walk along country roads and through fields.
The route is obvious from the map. Jim Murray provided the following
description walking around Sheebeg in a clockwise direction.
Starting at the Quay walk to the village, pass Gerties, and about 100m
further on take the left turn at the T-junction (H034075) signposted "Sheebeg".
Go right at next fork (H035070) in the road, which then climbs fairly steeply, until
you reach a stile and sign "Cairn". It is an easy climb through a field
to the summit. The 360-degree panorama is stunning - bring binoculars.
I counted nine different stretches of water, only some connected to the
Shannon Erne Waterway. Sheemore, about 4 kms to the south west, is topped
by a cross. Return to the road and continue in a clockwise direction around
Sheebeg to a crossroads (H022066). Turn right and follow the road downhill
towards lake level to Letterfine (H018075). On the way back, I found the standing
stones. The site was disappointingly unkempt. I didn't find
the Dolmen (Note 1). Return to Keshcarrigan directly along the main road (R209).
Alternatively, turn left at H026076 and return via the Lough
Scur Amenity Area. This adds maybe 20 mins. to the walk and
is worth the detour.
Note 1: The Keshcarrigan & Area Map, published by Lough Scur Development
Association, and the Ordnance Survey map show various items of interest to
archaeologists. These include a megalithic tomb, standing stones and a
dolmen. In the future it is planned to provide more information about
Up to 5 km; 1.25 hrs;|
Towpath walks along the Shannon-Erne Waterway
Surplus crew can be exercised along the towpaths of the Shannon-Erne Waterway.
Whilst it is not possible to walk alongside the Waterway for its entire length,
towpaths are provided between a number of the locks and other mooring points.
- Aghalane Mooring to CorraQuill Lock (L1) (4 km)
- Aghoo Lock (L4) to Ardrum Lock (L5) (3 km)
- Ardrum Lock (L5) to Ballinamore Lock (L6) (1 km)
- Ballinamore Lock (L6) to Ballyduff Lock (L7) (4 km) (On road)
- Upper Kilclare Lock (L9) to Leitrim village (5 km)
There are various pick-up and set-down points along this stretch.
Fewer (1997) includes details of the towpath walk from Leitrim village along the canal towards Keshcarrigan, includes the O'Carolan Walk described above, and then returns by the towpath to Leitrim Village.
See Walk 58: The Shannon-Erne Waterway, Leitrim Village, Co. Leitrim.
Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland, 1:50,000 Series
- Map 26, From St John's Lough to Garadice Lough
excluding a short section on Map 34
- Map 27, Upper Lough Erne and part of Shannon-Erne Waterway
Ordnance Survey of Ireland, Discovery Series 1:50,000
- Map 33, From Leitrim village to St John's Lough
- Map 34, Section between Ballinamore and Garadice Lough
From a Shannon-Erne Waterway walker's perspective the above maps are all poor.
In particular, none of the towpaths are shown. However, that is not a great problem.
The towpaths are clearly shown on the Navigation Charts making up the
Navigational Guide to the Shannon-Erne Waterway.