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The Suck Valley Way
AthleagueCo. Roscommon
Walking RuinsAncientBogForest Park
The Suck Valley Way offers a truly tranquil walking experience, meandering along the banks of the River Suck, with its numerous lakes and drainage channels. This circular walking route is 105km in length and passes through Roscommon and Galway.

The Suck Valley Way is a circular route that runs up the west side of the Suck from Mount Talbot to the outskirts of the town of Castlerea and returns, with one brief interruption, down the east side, taking in the 'Nine Friendly Villages’ of Ballygar, Creggs, Glinsk, Ballymoe, Ballintubber, Dunamon, Castlecoote, Athleague, and Mount Talbot.

The landscape is a typical river valley, one of bogs, callows, woods, and unspoilt traditional farmland of many tiny fields. It makes for wonderful and varied lowland walking.

The terrain consists of a pleasant mix of cross-country paths through fields, woods, and quiet side roads, and there are a number of stretches along the banks of the river itself. As is common with countryside that has not been agriculturally over-developed, there is a rich heritage of the remains of monuments and buildings of the past to be enjoyed along the route, including ring forts, castles, and ancient churches; don't miss the unique La Tène Stone, an ovoid boulder of granite, richly carved and dating from the Iron Age, close to the route at Castlestrange.

To add to the pleasure of this route, the frequent villages provide plenty of opportunities for relaxing along the way. The route can be subject to flooding, so please check locally.

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