||Sunday 18 March - Sunday 18 March 12|
|Location: ||Rainbow Ballroom - Glenfarne |
Walk 1, Long Hill walk departs 11am
This walks starts at Blackmountain on the West side of Thur Mountain, It will follow an old bog road for 1km and then enters a very fine example of mountain blanket bog, where the walker will find common
bog plants such as sedges, bog myrtle, ling heather, sphagnum moss and bog cotton. Keep an eye out for mountain birds such as red grouse, sky lark, curlew, wood cock and snipe. You should also find mountain
hares and foxes. The walk will veer South to Cullentragh Lough and then continue for about 2km to the East side of Thur, where there will be spectacular views of Lough McNean. Walkers will then walk Northwest to the summit of Thur, 442 metres (1450ft). Here will be fine views of Sheeaun Mountain and Lough Melvin to the North, Munakill Lake and O'Donnell's Rock to the South, Manorhamilton and Benbo Mountain. The walkers from both groups will meet on top of Thur for music and dancing (weather permitting) Duration 5-5½ hours including music on top.
Walk 2, Short Hill walk departs 1 pm
You'll ascend from the West Barrs side of the mountain on a rough road. The first part is steep but the pace will be easy. You will enjoy stunning views of Lough McNean, Munakill lake, Lough Melvin and even a distant glimpse of Lough Erne. See the stone where the giant left the track of his seat, hear about the long trek across the mountain to Kilmakerrill cemetery. Walk to Cullentragh lake and maybe even spot a rare red grouse. Meet the walkers from the long walk on top of Thur for music and dancing (weather permitting) 3½-4 hours including music on top.
Walk 3, History walk in Glenfarne Demesne, departs 3pm
The terrain is flat and there is a path all the way so this walk is suitable for the not so fit and for children. Dogs on a lead are also welcome on this walk.
Bring the usual, waterproofs, strong boots for the first two walks, strong shoes ok for the 3rd one. Bring a musical instrument and a change of shoes should you decide to stay on at the Rainbow for the Old Time Dancing to Country Legend at 9pm: http://www.rainbowballroomofromance.ie/
Following the walks, everyone will return to the Rainbow, Glenfarne where more musicians, dancers and historians will join the celebrations over a
cuppa and visitors will also get the chance to peruse the exhibition of show band memorabilia at the Ballroom of Romance.