Union Wood is an old woodland site which was formerly part of the Cooper Estate. The land were acquired by the Cooper family in the mid-17th century under the Cromwellian settlement. It was formerly owned by the McDonaghs who were an old Irish family. A forest area teeming with wildlife and partly managed for conservation and biodiversity. This are two looped walks. The Union Rock trail and the Oakwood trail. The start of the trails takes the walker through an area that is managed for biodiversity and is contiguous to the special area of conservation along the edge of Ballygawley lake. The trails takes you through a wide range of both conifer and broadleaf forest. The area fenced off from deer is an old Oak wood which is managed by the national parks and wildlife service. This trail links into the Sligo way and has some lovely views of Knocknarea (supposed burial place of Queen Maedbh of Connacht), the Ox mountain range of West Sligo and the landscape of Sligo/Leitrim to the east.
Things to do
Walk: The Union Rock trail is 4 Km and the Oakwood trail is 5.5 km.
Explore nature: A haven for nature lovers. Spot the red squirrel, deer, pine marten, Buzzards, swans and ducks in the lake.
Scenic drive: Close to the route of the Wild Atlantic Way and taking in the beauty of Lough Gill and surrounding countryside.
Don’t miss our hidden gem
Go to the top of Union Rock and enjoy the 360 degree panoramic views of Knocknarea, Ox Mountains and Ballisodare bay, and the Sligo/Leitrim countryside.
Visitors Facilities on site
There is an additional picnic area at Ballygawley Lough one Km from the trailhead.