Walk along minor country roads near remote upland bog.
The Bragan Walk is entirely on minor country roads where you can still get the sense of walking over remote upland bog while remaining on firm footing. This is a walk that is likely to appeal to the whole family and includes several quiet picnic areas.
The starting point is a small parking bay just over 4km from the Sliabh Beagh Hotel. Tuning left from here you will walk 0.7km before reaching the main loop that can be walked in either direction. Alternatively you can park at a number of locations around the loop, such as at the “Big Rock” or at the picnic site close to the Penal Cross.
A section of the walk is also shared with the long-distance Sliabh Beagh Way and Ulster Way routes.
A noteworthy landmark that is signposted off this route is the Penal Cross where Fr. McKenna was shot in 1838. It is worth deviating off the road for 100 metres or so to visit the spot and take some time to absorb the panoramic views of the drumlin landscape of the midlands that can be seen on a clear day. Don’t forget to look towards the skies to as you might be treated to a sigh of the Hen Harrier putting in a special guest appearance, hovering high with its wing tips outstretched.