This nice area around Lough Gill inspired the poet W.B. Yeats to write some of his best works. Slishwood is referred to as “Sleuthwood by the lake” in the stolen child. This site was once an extensive oak wood but much of the timber was felled during the Second World War (1939-45). The remains of this oak woodland can still be seen along the lakeshore. As the area is rich in flora and fauna, it is a bio-diversity site and forms part of the Lough Gill Natural Heritage Area (NHA).
Things to do
Walk: This 3Km loop trail is along the southern shore of Lough Gill and offers excellent views of the lake and surrounding country side. It forms part of the Sligo Way which passes through this forest. Species of trees which can be seen include Norway spruce, Scots pine, beech and oak.
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
Panoramic view of Lough Gill and Benbulben.