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The Fore Trail

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Mullingar, Meath,
T: +353(0)449348650
F: +353(0)449340413

The starting point for this scenic and historical tour is the town of Mullingar. Taking the R394 route.

The starting point for this scenic and historical tour is the town of Mullingar. Taking the R394 route.

As you approach the first roundabout, you will be passing over the N4 dual carriageway and continuing straight out the Castlepollard road. On your right you will see the gates to Knockdrin Castle and further along on the left is the Belfry restaurant. Continue to the village of Crookedwood. You can do a detour to Taughmon church, which has a fort behind it, by turning right in Crookedwood. Continuing straight on from here and there is a resting area and information point. You will see Lough Derravaragh the lake mentioned in the famous legend of “The Children of Lir”.

Further along this route you will come to a junction, if you veer right and continue on straight, you will arrive in Collinstown village. There is an area called “the cut”, at Lough Lene. Ther is a slipway into the lake. There are toilets, car parking facilities and a picnic area here. From Collinstown you can do a detour to Delvin and Clonmellon. From Collinstown take signposts for Fore village. Here you can see Fore Abbey and learn about the seven wonders of Fore. Visit the Fore Abbey coffee shop, which is open during the summer and on Sundays. From Fore you can do a detour to Lough Crew Cairns and Lough Crew historic gardens, by taking the Oldcastle road.

From Fore travel to Castlepollard village and take the Coole road where you will pass Tullynally Castle and gardens the largest inhabited castle in Ireland. Tullynally is open during the summer months. Turn left at the crossroads near Coole Hll. You will see the old church of Mayne on your right. At the next junction keep right and travel through bog land and further on through forestry. You will then come to a village called Multyfarnham, where you will see an old forge building and a seven hundred year old Franciscan friary and life size stations of the cross. There is also a caravan and camping park at Donore on the shores of Lough Derravaragh. From Multyfarnham take the Mullingar road. You will come to a junction with the Covert pub on the left and Ballinafid Lake in front of you. Turn left. Further along this route on the right hand side you will see a picnic area overlooking Lough Owel and its islands. If you continue straight and take the first right this road will lead you pass Captains Hill, St. Brigid's well and back to Mullingar town.