In this series of Ramblings, Clare Balding explores holiday walking routes.
08 August 2008
Clare Balding goes to a remote but idyllic part of Ireland to walk round Mullaghmore Head.
In the company of two local fishermen, Clare discovers why this beautiful part of the country is an ideal area for holiday walking.
Mullaghmore is a small village in County Sligo, Ireland. It’s skyline is dominated by the mountain Benbulben characterised by a table top shape.
Lord Mountbatten used to holiday here, and this was where he was assassinated in August 1979. He along with The Dowager Baroness Brabourne, The Hon. Nicholas Knatchbull and local teenager Paul Maxwell were out fishing when they were killed by a bomb planted by the provisional IRA.
Joe Mc Gowan was born in Mullaghmore. He emigrated to the USA before returning to the village thirty years ago. As well as fishing, Joe writes books on the heritage, folklore and history of Mullaghmore.
Keith Clarke has lived and worked in the area all his life. He is a butcher, fisherman and beekeeper.
The walk takes in spectacular views of Mullaghmore Harbour, Benbulbin Mountain, the mystical Irishmurray Island and Classiebawn Castle.
Map: Discovery Series 16, Donegal, Fermanagh, Leitrim and Sligo. Start: The Old Washhouse in Mullaghmore Distance: Around 4 miles Terrain: Paths Suitable for: All walkers
Route: Start at the Old wash house in Mullaghmore. Drop down onto the harbour and then head anti-clockwise along the western horseshoe of Mullaghmore. Classiebawn Castle will be on your right. You will come to the edge of the peninsular where you will see views of Classiebawn Castle and the bay. This is a circular walk. You will pass by the spot where Lord Mountbatten was assassinated and you will end the walk at the standing stone monument to the children’s graveyard.