Enchanted Mountain Trail
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Location Sliabh Ban, County Roscommon, Ireland # Locations 19
Media Audio, Text, & Pictures Tour Type Hiking Category Memories
Description Roscommon does not have too many mountains and the one it has is hardly the most impressive; more of a hill really. However Sliabh Ban (pronounced "bawn' - there is a fada over the 'a' which this system does not recognise) is a place one should not underestimate for what it lacks in topographical might, it more than makes up for in terms of its lore and mystique. On a rainy day in Luke Gibbon's pub, we gathered together Mike de Jong, Henry Owens and poet Merrily Harpur to tell us a bit more about the place and heard of mysterious sightings of black cats, stories of fairies and their spells, of missing gold and ghosts, of ancient games and warriors. A special word of thanks to this trio for such riveting storytelling. This is a trail aimed at the walkers and cyclists amongst you, but we should say it is also aimed at those who are not of a nervous disposition. Once up on the mountain, you too might experience the sensation that you may succumb to the will of the fairy folk and get lost, so come prepared and in company - you have been warned! N.B: Please note that the tour is subject to acceptance of our Licence. This app is an initiative of Fergal Gleeson who established a new cycling tour business, the Real Roscommon Experience, in conjunction with Roscommon LEADER Partnership.
Created By navigatour on 1/14/2013





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1. SBT: Gleesons
Our starting point is of course Gleeson's Townhouse and Restaurant right in the centr...(more)

The Square, Roscommon.
Phone: +353906626954
Email: info@gleesonstownhouse.com
URL: www.gleesonstownhouse.com
Lat: 53.63107 Lon: -8.191029
2. SBT Sliabh Ban's history
We start you off on this trail with a little bit about how the mountain, such as it i...(more)

Lat: 53.637069 Lon: -8.170481
3. SBT: Turn left/old Shannon path
After the long drive on the N63 Lanesborough Road, we are turning left towards Sliabh...(more)

Lat: 53.652943 Lon: -8.109369
4. SBT: Kilderry crossroads
This can be a busy enough crossroads so please stop and go straight on only when the ...(more)

Lat: 53.708888 Lon: -8.097503
5. SBT: Turn right/Otherworld
As you turn right and begin your climb to the mountain, we tell you of the Otherworld...(more)

Lat: 53.730372 Lon: -8.094585
6. SBT Turn right/getting lost
In front of you is the car park which is where you will be returning to after your lo...(more)

Lat: 53.731451 Lon: -8.072548
7. SBT Strange happenings
As you start your ascent, we start to tell you of some strange sight and sounds of th...(more)

Lat: 53.723834 Lon: -8.075294
8. SBT Kings and famines
In our audio piece, we explain what exactly Sliabh Ban means and no, it does not mean...(more)

Lat: 53.716622 Lon: -8.076668
9. SBT The Banshee
Upon taking a left, we tell you about one of the more famous residents of the area, t...(more)

Lat: 53.71327 Lon: -8.070381
10. SBT Black cats
You will be turning left at this T-junction. Black cats are commonly associated with ...(more)

Lat: 53.714654 Lon: -8.06684
11. SBT: Turn left/forestry
Eamonn tells us why the mountain is festooned with coniferous trees.

Lat: 53.724761 Lon: -8.067377
12 and 14. SBT Cross Turn
This is one of the few right turns you will be taking in order to get to the summit a...(more)

Lat: 53.726881 Lon: -8.07013
13 SBT: Holy Cross summit
This is as high as it gets in Roscommon! Apparently you can see 14 counties from Slia...(more)

Lat: 53.728831 Lon: -8.06715
15. SBT Tale
In our audio piece, we explain how a swan flying over your head is not a good thing i...(more)

Lat: 53.728176 Lon: -8.070188
16. SBT: Ancient games
It may not look like the ideal venue for games, but in days of yore, the mountain was...(more)

Lat: 53.731768 Lon: -8.062613
17. SBT: Crossroads
At the crossroads, you can go right to get to the ruined church. Once done, you will ...(more)

Lat: 53.734599 Lon: -8.06154
18. SBT: OPTIONAL Ruined church
The path to the ruined church is for walking only - no bikes and really, don;t even t...(more)

Lat: 53.728658 Lon: -8.054996
19 SBT: View of Connacht
As you descend the mountain, you'll be looking out over the province of Connacht wher...(more)

Lat: 53.733917 Lon: -8.067503
20. SBT: Luke Gibbon's pub
After all that excitement, you will deserve nothing more than a few creamy pints in L...(more)

Lat: 53.735233 Lon: -8.09201