Leitrim: Boleybrack and Lackagh Mountain Photo Blog

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.

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View northwest towards Truskmore (with the TV transmitter), the highest of the Dartry Mountains and County High Point of both Sligo and Leitrim.

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West across Lough Gill to Knocknarea with its huge summit cairn known as Queen Maeve’s Grave

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Lough Strand, one of the numerous lakes dotted around Boleybrack, with Cuilcagh and The Playbank mountains beyond

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The summit trig pilliar on Lackagh Mountain with Lough Allen beyond

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Setting off from the summit with views of the mountains on the far shore of Lough Allen

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On the way back to our start point, with Thur Mountain in the distance to the north

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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

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12 thoughts on “Leitrim: Boleybrack and Lackagh Mountain Photo Blog

    1. Hi Martin. I live near Armagh, where I was born within earshot of the old cathedral bells. After 60+ years they still resonate!!! However, I’m not as fit as I used to be but still I hanker after the hills. Next week I will spend a day in the Silent Valley in the Mourne Mountains but I won’t be walking……I hope to be planting trees! Where are you based?

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      1. Ahh sorry, thought maybe you were across the water, not 20 mins from me!! I live near Coalisland and the lough shore. Armagh’s a lovely city. I’ve only ever seen the Silent Valley from above but keep meaning to visit, the views and parkland look beautiful and more trees sounds like a good idea!

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  1. Cheers Aidy, I hadn’t walked too much in those parts myself. It’s a plateau with not much climbing once you’re up there, there’s another Mountainviews summit we passed close to but didn’t go to the top of, Ballaghnabehy. Definitely an interesting area that I’ll return to.

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