There are 2 loops at Dooney rock. If you leave the carpark, head directly over a small hill and go down the steps towards the lake. On your right, you get a good view of the rock wall which makes up Dooney rock.
The trees here are mainly beech. Once you reach the lake, you have views across the lake towards Cottage island. On this island lived Beezie Gallager. She was the last person to live on Lough Gill.
She used to take out her row-boat every Thursday and row down to Sligo to collect her old age pension and row back again. A great friend of the fisherman. This island was a regular port of call on Lough Gill when the lough was a very busy place for fishing. The ruins of the cottage can still be seen.
At the lake, there are 2 options. Turn to the right keeping the lake on your left side. This loop basically runs around Dooney rock and gives you also the chance to climb up to the viewing point.
This loop incorporates a good few steps.
If you turn left at the lake, you follow the lake shore which is on your right. This loop is flatter and doesn't involve much climbing.
Length (km): 1.2 km
Start point grid reference: NA
Finish point grid reference: NA
Ordnance survey map: OSI discovery series 25