So you’ve just discovered the Lakelands Walks and you want to know more. We have prepared some of the most frequently asked questions from visitors both in Ireland and internationally.
What are the Lakelands Walks?
Nowhere in Ireland offers as much natural beauty as the Lakelands walking region of Leitrim, Cavan and Fermanagh. Families will love it and it is easy to see why. You can explore to your hearts content while drinking in the unbeatable breathtaking scenery. In the Lakelands region a world of natural beauty is just waiting to be explored and what better way to do it than on foot?
What area does the Lakelands Walks cover?
Counties Leitrim, Cavan and Fermanagh
What’s unique about the Lakelands Walks?
It has walking to suit all levels of walkers from ramblers to the serious hill walkers. Walks include looped walks, family walks and challenging mountaineering all set in beautiful, unspoilt and uncrowded hills.
How do I get there?
The three counties are accessible by road from all major cities such as Dublin, Belfast and Galway. Leitrim is also served by the Dublin-Sligo rail line.
The following airports serve the Lakelands region:
• Ireland West Airport (Knock)
• Dublin Airport
• Belfast International Airport and Belfast City Airport
• City of Derry Airport
You can also access Ireland by sea at Dublin and Belfast Ports
By road please check AA Routeplanner: http://www.theaa.ie/routes/
Where can I stay?
There is a wide selection of accommodation in the three counties to suit all types of budgets and tastes. Accommodation includes hostels, glamping, camping, self catering, B&B’s, guesthouses and hotels.
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How would you describe the terrain?
The Northern Lakelands region is famed for its lakes, archaeology and glens, which have dramatic hill and glacial valley walks. The Southern Lakelands region has lovely rolling drumlins, numerous archaeology sites the River Shannon and the Shannon Erne Waterway.
I am a novice walker – is the Lakelands for me?
Yes, the Lakelands has numerous tracks and trails available for all levels and abilities.
I am an advanced walker - is the Lakelands Walks challenging?
Yes, each county has their own challenging walks available for more advanced walkers.
What are the particular dangers that I should anticipate before deciding to walk along the Lakelands?
Consider weather patterns, wear appropriate clothing and footwear, choose a route that’s suitable for your fitness levels, ensure you have a charged mobile phone with you at all times and let people know when you expect to return to your accommodation. Don’t walk alone.
What historic or areas of natural beauty will I see along the Lakelands?
The Lakelands region includes a UNESCO designated Geopark, which is the first transnational Geopark in the world. The regions have several NHA’s, SAC’s and SPA’s (i.e. there is a protection project on Boleybrack mountain for the Red Grouse and home to the rare Marsh Fritillary butterfly). The area is also very rich in archaeology as it contains medieval castles, tombs, sweat houses, lime kilns etc.
Are there any looped walks?
Yes, for further information on looped walks refer to http://lakelandswalking.com/tours-itineraries/ where you can download maps of the various looped walks available in the three counties.