The start of this walk is located at Lissadell beach. Lissadell beach is located 1.5km from the village of Raghley.
There is a carpark at the beachfront from where you can start the walk.
The walk itself runs between the road you took earlier to reach the car park and the shore. So from the car park, head to your left towards the trees. From here you have a small path , which during April and May is surrounded by fields of Bluebells. The path gently follows the contours of the shoreline until you reach the road and another small carpark. From here , go straight ahead along a small path towards a small wooden bridge which needs to be crossed.
The nature reserve is of international importance for Barnacle geese. Large numbers flock here, making it one of the most important sites on the Irish Mainland. They appear on the reserve in latre october and spent the winter feeding, and head back to Greenland in March.
From here, head back towards the shore crossing an old brick bridge. Once you reach the beach, a lot of carts are awaiting to be used for oyster growing.
Reaching back the main road, you have the option of returning back following the same path or return across the beach.
Enjoy the distant views towards Knocknarea and spot the cages with oysters in the bay. When the path turns away from the shoreline, the forest becomes denser and again,fields of bluebells surround the path.
After crossing yet another bridge across a small stream, the path reaches it's furthest point.
Here you will find a large wooden birdwatching house which overlooks the famous Ballygilgan Nature reserve.
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Waymarking: Natural path
Length (km): 2.6km
Ascend (m): NA
Start point grid reference: IG 162902, 343922
Finish point grid reference: IG 162902, 343922
Ordnance survey map: OSI discovery series 16 and 25