The Miners Way & Historical Trail

The Miners Way and Historical Trail are waymarked long distance walking routes over three counties that form a network of paths that total 128 kms (80 miles) with a total ascent of some 2,150mtrs.

The Miners Way (67.5km) gets its name from the coal mining which took place in the Arigna Mines up until recent times and follows the paths the miners traveled on their journey to work.

The Historical Trail (60.5km) links in with the Miners Way in Keadue and runs to Lough key Forest & Activity Park, Boyle, Carrowkeel, Castlebaldwin and Highwood before returning to the Miners Way at Ballfarnon. View the different sections of The Miners Way and Historical Trail below and for more information click here

Map of the Region                                                    

Map 1 Boyle to Ballinafad                                                                 

Map 2 Ballinafad to Castlebaldwin                          

Map 3 Castlebaldwin to Highwood                          

Map 4 Highwood to Ballyfarnon via Glen                

Map 5 Glen to Corrie Mtn. (Drumkerran)                 

Map 6 Corrie Mtn to Arigna                                    

Map 7 Arigna to Crossna

Map 8 Crossna to Boyle

Map 9 Drumkeeran to Dowra

Map 10 Dowra to Stony River

Map 11  Stony River to Drumshanbo

Map 12 Drumshanbo to Arigna

The Beara-Breifne Way is Ireland’s longest national waymarked trail. The route has been created by local communities in a unique collaboration.

It follows the legendary fourteen-day march taken by Dónal Cam O’Sullivan Beare and his one thousand supporters in 1603, and it visits many of the places and communities shaped by their story.

The Way runs almost the length of the country and takes the walker and cyclist to some of its most beautiful and least explored areas in Ireland.

Journey along the coast of the Beara Peninsula, across six mountain ranges, along the banks of the River Shannon and through the lake regions of Roscommon and Leitrim as you travel the Beara Breifne-Way and collect the stamps to fill the Way’s ‘passport’.