Take time to explore the bogs and by-ways of the starkly beautiful Sliabh Beagh Hills of North Monaghan. The original Irish name for the area, Sliabh Beatha, has been anglicized as Slieve Beagh or half-anglicized Sliabh Beagh. According to Irish mythology, the name refers to the mythological figure Bith, who was buried in a cairn on top of the mountain. Although the summit is indeed marked by a cairn, called Doocarn, it is likely that the name’s original meaning is “mountain of birch“. In County Monaghan, the locals typically refer to the Slieve Beagh as the “Bragan Mountains”, taking the name from a townland within the Slieve Beagh
Here you will find one of the finest examples of blanket bog in Ireland, a special environment that supports some of our most threatened wildlife such as the Hen Harrier that we have adopted as the symbol for this series of looped walks. Whatever your level of fitness or walking experience, you can select a walk that allows you to enjoy this wonderful countryside.
Download your walking cards here or for further information on the Knockatallon Walks, and/or to contact the Knockatallon Rambling Club: Paddy on 087 252 5457 or Marie on 087 243 4517, or contact Sliabh Beagh Hotel and Tourism Centre Tel: 047 89014.
The Sliabh Beagh Way, a 46 km long distance walk, way marked from St. Patrick’s Chair & Well in Co. Tyrone, entering Co. Monaghan at Lough More, going over Bragan Mountain, carrying on through the lower moorland behind Knockatallon and into Fermanagh via Mullaghfad, Jenkin Carnmore/Carnrock, winding its way through Tully Forest and aptly ending at Donagh.
The series include four looped walks ranging from 6 to 10 kilometres, two of which are on quiet country roads that are suitable for all abilities and two of which are over more challenging terrain such as forest tracks and open moorland. All four walks are well way marked using coloured discs.