Lyracrumpane or Ladhar an Crompain translates to the space between converging rivers, namely the Smearlagh and the Crumpane. The Smearlagh river has importance as a salmon spawning ground and has been designated a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) in order to protect it. It also falls within a Special Protection Area (SPA) for the Hen Harrier, Merlin and Red Grouse. Bringing along binoculars on a visit is advisable. Located in the lower Stack’s Mountains, Lyracrumpane is the essence of rural Ireland with the benefits of peace, tranquility and a friendly community.
Things to do
Walk: The Mass Path or River trail as it is also known (4.3km, 1 ½ hours, moderate) was used in Penal times by local followers going to mass. Running adjacent to the river for the most part, this walk is really pleasant and peaceful.
Explore nature: Keep an eye on the sky whilst in Lyracrumpane as the forest is frequented by a number of birds of prey.
Don’t miss our hidden gem
Pop into the local church as you are passing.