The Miner's way runs through three counties, Co.Sligo, Description:
Co. Leitrim & Co. Roscommon. The area has a long association with the mining industry.In Arigna, the shallow deposits of coal were mined for 400 years until the mines shut down in 1990. There is now an interesting tourist attraction " The Arigna miner's experience.
Mining has always been carried out in the area since the Middle Ages with the mining of Iron.
East of Lough Allen lies a mountain called Sliabh an Iarainn, which translates into Iron Mountain.
Further along the route are interesting facts. For example, at Knockvicar bridge is where the famous actress Maureen O'Sullivan (famous for paying Jane in the Tarzan movies with Johnny Weissmuller) spent most of her youth. You will also pass the 12th century Boyle Abbey and the famous but not often visited Carrowkeel Neolithic passage tombs (3400 to 3100 BC). There are 14 passage tombs making it one of the biggest in Ireland.
And now to talk a bit about the route, the route follows quiet country routes, paths across fields, open moorland and forest paths. Approx. 51% of the route is on tarmac country roads, As for accommodation along the route, you will be spoiled for choice. From simple B&B to 4 star accommodation. You could be walking through open moorland during the day and then get spoiled during the evening with a fabulous meal and a spa or drop your head on the softest pillows.
Detailed Trail Maps
Waymarking: Yellow arrow on black background
Length (km): 118
Ascend (m): 2340
Start point grid reference: G 928 141
Finish point grid reference: G 991 267
Ordnance survey map: OSI discovery series 25, 26 & 33