near Belcoo, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)
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This part of the Ulster Way is mainly on quiet roads and forest tracks through farmland, conifer plantations and moorland. There is only one tricky part through pathless bog by Bolaght mountain. Many lakes or "loughs" can be seen from the route and there are a few hills and mountains that you can climb. Starting from the village of Belcoo, the trail visits Belleek and Pettigo. The Drumskinney stone circle adds archaeological interest.
More details in my blog: https://johnpone2.blogspot.com/search/label/Ulster%20Way .
The previous section of my walk across Ireland is at https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/cavan-way-102520857 . The next section is at https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/ulster-way-part-2-mellon-country-inn-to-coleraine-103682117 .
Belcoo is a village in Northern Ireland just across the border from Blacklion in the Republic of Ireland. There is accommodation, a bar, shop and other facilities.
Bessy Bell is a mountain from which there should be a panoramic view, although on the day I climbed it, low cloud hid all but the trig point and radio mast.
Camping spot by stream in Braden Forest
I was struggling to find a good flat spot to camp in the conifer plantation of Braden Forest but then I came across this pleasant place by a stream.
Drumskinny stone circle
A Neolithic stone circle just beside Ulster Way. Some of the stones have MOF carved into them, maybe symbols of the Ministry of Finance who once "cared" for the site.
The western most village in the UK and Northern Ireland, Belleek lies just on the border with the Republic of Ireland on the other side of the River Erne. There is accommodation, shops, places to eat and a pottery.
Only a few walls remain of the church of Keenaghan Abbey, which dates from 888, however there is a graveyard outside with more recent burials, including one of a member of the Fenian brotherhood, who sought independence for Ireland. The Abbey is a short distance away from the Ulster Way beside Keenaghan Lough.
Little Dog Mountain
Little Dog and Big Dog are two hills. Once, so the story goes, a giant by the name of Finn McCool had two Irish Wolfhounds, a large breed of dog. Bran and Skeola, for those were the dogs' names, caught the scent of a witch and started chasing her. She ran for her life, but although she changed into a deer they were still gaining on her. So she cast a spell and turned them into hills thereafter called Big Dog and Little Dog (although their heights are rather similar). There is a path up Little Dog from close to Lough Nabrickboy and sheltered benches at the summit.
Lough Formal is a pretty lake beside the Ulster Way, behind it are two hills, Formal Môr and Formal Beg. There is a path up Formal Môr and you can admire the view from the summit, At its base is a picnic table and tools for (?)changing bike tyres.
Mellon Country Inn Hotel
The Mellon Country Inn lies just off the Ulster Way and is a convenient place to stay and/or eat.
Riverbank café, Pettigo
Pettigo is a small village with shops. There is also a café at the Termon Complex where they serve breakfasts, coffee, scones etc.
Saint Patrick's Holy Well
I past a number of Holy Wells in my trip across Ireland, this one was on the outskirts of Belcoo. This holy well is actually a spring, walk through it barefoot to relieve some suffering.