This walk takes you around the lovely Lough Allen in County Leitrim. It uses the Leitrim Way and the Miner's Way long distance footpaths to create a long circular walk around the Lough. You'll pass through some nice countryside above the Lough with some waterside sections and views of the River Shannon to enjoy also.
The walk starts from the small town of Drumshanbo at the southern end of the lough. From here you can pick up the Leitrim Way and follow it north through the countryside to the east of the water. Shortly after passing Dowra you turn south west along a section of the Miner's Way. This will take you to the village of Drumkeeran, located at the foot of Corry Mountain at the north western end of the lake. Here you turn south passing Seltannasaggart Mountain part of the Arigna Mountains. It's located on the border of County Roscommon and County Leitrim in Ireland and is the highest point of County Roscommon.
You continue south past the moorland of Ardlougher to the village of Arigna. The village has a long association with the mining industry. Mining was carried out in Arigna for over 400 years until the mines were shut in 1990.
The final section takes along the Arigna River to the lough side where you cross the River Shannon before returning to Drumshanbo.
The route runs for just over 30 miles so is best completed over two days. It's a reasonably level trail for most of the way, though there are some moderate climbs too.
At the southern end of the lake near Drumshanbo you can pick up another waterside footpath along the Lough Allen Canal to Acres Lough and Leitrim. See the Drumshanbo to Leitrim Walk for more details.