The Castle Loop
The Castle Loop is the longer of the two looped walks in the forest. Approximately 6.5km in length and takes about 2 hours to walk. Follow the purple markers from the car park. After 500m there is a memorial to those who died at Rebel Hill in 1798, keep an eye on your right for the graves of the Marist brothers who occupied Bailieborough Castle. Further along are the remains of Bailieborough Castle, built in the early 19th century and demolished in the 1940s. Continue left. There is a stream on the right hand side just past the Castle. Cross over the river to head for an Old Foundry and the Hide Out Pub along the Cootehill Road(R191). There is also a shop here.
Re-trace your steps, cross back over the river, this time going straight on towards the Bog Lough on your right. Then, turn left to head back towards Castle Lake, this time keeping the lake on your left. On your right is forested land. There is a fairy fort half way around the lake above the pump house. Follow the path back to the car parking area.
|Trail Name:||The Castle Loop|
|Recreation Site:||Bailieborough [view site]|
|Trail Start Point:||Car Park|
|Degree of Difficulty:||Easy View Trail Grade Definitions|
|Attributes:||Loop Trail (Returns to Starting Point)|
|Finish Point:||Car Park|
|Trail Way marking:||Purple|