The Lung / Lough Gara Way | Ballinafad to Castlerea | Beara-Breifne Way 4 | Sligo & Roscommon

The Lung / Lough Gara Way | Ballinafad to Castlerea | Beara-Breifne Way 4 | Sligo & Roscommon

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I'm Ornat. I'm Aonghus. what's the story lads  we just finished our last video of the miner's   way and now we're getting on to the Lung Lough  Gara way. we're kind of mid morning at this stage   i've heard mixed reviews about this particular  section of the way more that it's like kind of   a link section between the miners way and the Suck  Valley Way i don't know what it's going to be like   there's not too much information about it really  or any of the towns that we're going to hopefully   there will be towns it is raining we are tired  and kind of looking for repose or refuge somewhere   or coffee so it may color our experience as well  but just seemingly a lot of it is on the road and   but the first section looks to be throughout like  hill with forestry on it we've decided that we're   going to walk to monastery eden tonight and we're  going to stay in a b&b because let's face it all   our stuff is damp it'd be nice to have a radiator  that we can hang our socks on maybe rinse them out   i've definitely already drenched out my socks  from the short walk that we had this morning   two days in a tent is nice it's fine but it's  also nice to have a bed and we're about to hit   a main road i just saw a truck go ahead in front  of Aonghus and yeah we'll check in on you later it's quote the uh the venerable and  wonderful Beau Miles a bit of bush   tucker it's opened up a little bit let's see  someone using their renewable energy up there over a small hill it's red  clover i think life finds a way say there aren't there i think that since maybe  some other accounts of this were written or   filmed Hi Challenge Your Life probably the  signage has improved maybe a little bit of   the infrastructure so that's pretty cool it looks  like somebody definitely did a lot of work here   at one point but it's already overgrown yeah uh  i probably did it in the last two three years   best of intentions as well i'd say and the ground  is a bit soft it hasn't been maintained yeah it's   kind of it kind of begs like definitely you know  highlights the uh the advantage of say bug walk   or boardwalk whatever you want to call it yeah but  i think because this farm this land is shared with   farm animals like it looks like it was trampled on  by some cows or something at one point yeah yeah   so not optimal but better than nothing true i can  look at the gravel between the grass and be like   this is the right road yeah yeah absolutely better  than sinking into unfinished bog essentially yeah so literally suboptimal there is a grave of mysterious wild white horse  the white horse of bear brethren's army sullivan   bear come yeah there's loads of that's the  grave of the white horse but i can't really   get to it because of all the black cows  but they're okay this is their land now   so uh yeah there's a little bridge down here  and everything but um i don't want to disturb   these guys i'm just coming back from my little  solo adventure from the um grave to the white   horse oh why why am i alone or in it yeah she's  um trail runner so she doesn't want to get her   heat wet again today which is fair enough yeah  so i just thought i'd check it out because there   hasn't really been that much um like specific  bearer related stuff other than the signage   so the signage is excellent here and i can see  that they put through putting the infrastructure   there's like a bridge or something over to it  the ground is is is a little bit challenging   here but it has been raining an awful awful lot  lately so in the summer i'm sure this would be   perfect and just yeah i hate disturbing cows  um i'm really really bad at like big livestock   as maybe evidence by the my previous videos and i  i don't know i just like considering the fact that   the farmers are good enough to like let people  walk on their land um that they use for work i   don't really like harassing the livestock i know  i could probably like make noises and chase them   away or whatever and they probably move but  like i kind of think it's a bit disrespectful   but maybe i'm too respectful i don't know but um  no that was my little foray into a into a detour   and i'm uh i'm glad i did it didn't see  anything except a rock but glad all the same   now back to the road i suspect that this  may be the same place that i came before   to look for the tomb of the white horse again  there's cattle looking at me cows rather cows   and i'm kind of obviously i'm anxious about  these creatures lovely a mother with calves   dangerous i wasn't in the same field that's it  there the grave from another angle let's stare no nothing we're coming up to moygara castle now  there's a lot of ruins around ireland   that are like this kind of not really managed  or even don't know same for the abbeys   that are scattered around ireland they've  just been kind of left to ruin over time   i think the first mention of it was in the  12th to 13th century um and the last i know   about it was from the 15th or 16th centuries  it's about lake moy gara something of the lake   gara and at the moment it's currently a bit  of a farm so you have cows dotted around here   but we'll take a look anyway and have a have  a nosey see what it's like you probably do   need hiking shoes if you do come to visit  because there's already some mud on the ground so i've come inside now and i'm in the big  walls of the castle and it's actually kind   of cool in here i mean they have bits  that are clearly ready to broken break   like a little archway over there is missing quite  a quite a few pieces but if you were somewhere   else and anywhere else in the world some other  countries would have a lot of this stuff really   done up instead of letting it go to  ruin but the advantage of having it   in ruin is that you can kind of explore it at  your own leisure and just kind of see what it's   like when things go into ruin kind of  magical and mystical because of that and   it's up to your imagination of what it would  have looked like beforehand came up to this   grassy patch up here just so that i could  see what the view was like and i'll show you i bet my gara castle and the conservation project all right guys so we stayed in lok gara lodge um  last night and we have the place for ourselves   the hosts are really really nice  they were so accommodating to us   and we arrived and we were  offered like tea and biscuits   oh my god yes if you are doing the barber anyway  i don't think this is only a combination list   but if you ring them ahead i think the only  thing is they tend to accommodate like large   groups that's that's usually what they do it's not  a b&b but if you are a group of walkers this place   is perfect i just like this place so much i want  to show you so this is the game's room guys table   tennis foosball and air hockey lots of board games  other games and then you have a giant kitchen area   you've got some views of the lake you can  make yourself some stuff oh sink dishwasher   cooker the tv room accommodation is not looking  great over the next few days we're also not really   feeling the best either three days of walking has  us a little bit beat what we're thinking today is   that we're probably going to walk to ballaghaderreen which  is about 10 kilometers i did see an airbnb at loch   glynn that was what we were thinking of doing  yesterday but after waking up this morning   my calvess are killing me my boots are still not dry  we have some stuff in the dryer it lowers your   spirits a bit you know you want to be comfortable  when you're walking for long distances and we   want to enjoy this we don't want to be feeling  really miserable at the end of our two weeks   and go back to work feeling not rested and not  energized so we're just gonna take it one day at a time first bit of off road this morning i know it was a wet and wild adventure wet  and wild yeah yeah yeah not that long but uh   trey puddles basically the entire field  and definitely feeling a bit sorry for myself yay hello so barren want to take the bargain goat we found a lovely bench at the side of  the bog which was actually very convenient   more of this walk so far this morning i've enjoyed  it a lot more than i thought i would i was a   little bit in pain and i'm actually feeling quite  okay we're probably about three kilometers tops   ish from ballaghaderreen we can actually kind of see  a plant at the edge of the town in the middle   of the bog which is beautifully peaceful and this  handmade bench yep it's been very useful thank you   the people of ballaghaderreen yeah thank the person  who built this bench more of this sort of thing   yeah more benches and it's this quiet road and  a couple cars have passed us but we're just   sitting here at the side of the road on this  bench made of sticks loads of friendly dogs   on route too friendly we're a little bit  worried that one of the dogs might follow us   all the way and very very funny very amusing  dog nothing too remarkable that we've passed by   just the wind farm yeah gently uh rolling hills  and all that sort of thing ballaghaderreen is kind   of the big town that's up ahead yeah so  we're gonna hang out there for a little   while gonna spend some money on snacks and  probably accommodation and probably dinner how many times have i driven on this road never  once thought about the people walking across greetings from ballaghaderreen greetings it's very loud  very very loud very um lots of traffic well that's   a good sign it's good to see the team busy right  yeah it's a nice busy town not a huge amount of   accommodation options at the moment but we've  booked a campsite not too far to town we just   had some coffee in the fiddler's elbow we'll  probably come back there for dinner tonight it   was recommended to us by the guys um in our place  last night yeah that's it 13 kilometers done today   short day short day we're relaxing we are  relaxing and we are supplying in this town   because this is the last big town that we will hit  for a while yeah yeah so for our next spot like   800 kilometers approximately there beds it's  a supply run it's been kind of scary how few   shops that we've had on the route so far yeah the  probably the biggest concern thus far is like how   few places there have been to like resupply i  think water has been a concern for me primarily   like i'm not too worried about like sleeping  and eating like i could go live and i'll trail   mix whatever for a few days but like there  doesn't seem to be anywhere to get water   i thought like when we did this it's like oh this  is like the pacific compressed trail we'll find   loads of places we don't need water filters but  like i think we do actually i think that's all   for now probably show you some at the glam site it  looks like it's a nice place and yeah until then so this is where we're staying for the night it is  actually meant to sleep six people four bunk beds   well four beds and bugs with a giant mirror  sofa radiator there's a little library   there are some fairy lights  all the way up the ceiling   up here which actually haven't been up here so if  i trip there is a double bed no blackout blind so we will have a difficulty and yeah there's angus  staying there eating some blueberries and yogurt   and the kitchen so what i think i really like  about this campsite so far compared to some of the   other campsites that stayed in ireland and also  abroad is well first of all it's a mix of glamping   and camping so you can get the yurts and the yurts  have really cute names there's like yerzier hearn   lady in the earth and i can't remember what the  third one is but it's all on their website um   they also have like a mobile home type of thing  that has multiple rooms so if you want something   maybe a step up above the glamping thing a little  bit warmer and then the room that we're staying   in as well so they have like a mix of different  accommodation and then they also take camper vans   they take tents they take motorhomes you  can get electric you get non-electric and   it's different prices but the creme de la creme  for me at least is all the extra land that they   have and they're like oh yeah feel free to walk  around they have like 20 acres or something so   you know you get here you can have a  little walk you can have a little wander   a little roam right beside the river lung which by  the way i had no idea why this was called the lung   slash lock garaway the lung is a river  the river lung and then lock gara so   we were walking along lockhart yesterday and then  the rest of the trail follows the lung we are back   here in balham ring this morning and we're going  to go and continue on the long caraway we will   finish the longlock airway today it finishes in  loch glenn but we were looking at this map and   it can go either through ballen lock or castle  re now castlery has more accommodation and food   options than fallen lockwood so now that we're  looking at this we're kind of thinking should we   go to cassery but i guess we'll see what happens  when we get to lachlan and see if the route kind   of is recommended for walkers if we should follow  that route or whether this is a cycle route yeah   it's a possibility i guess so this road out of  balahadrin is quite narrow it's a busy enough road   80 kilometers an hour speed limit we've  been on it maybe a kilometer or so   let's see how much longer we have to be on this  road angus is a big fan of challenge your life   michael and i think he might have complained  about this road also not on too much road that sign's almost hidden over there now it's gotten up even higher past  my waist but i don't know where to go   this is very sad this is better and nice little shelter for us  here if the bog was too much for us   no and it looks like it's got a bit of a hole  in the roof the bridge by the way this is bug   i'm going to watch angus cross oh yeah  that looks like i'm sorry that's probably   that's a bridge across the bog  but also this bit looks safer it does not look safe step and pray man i just found a trail marker over  there he's a bit rocky is he uh well they'll come here in the dead of winter on  a you know we're trying to find this place late at   night because you spirited away by the fairies i'd  say yeah if you can't find the way mark it isn't   as well concealed now we could have i suppose we  wouldn't have wandered into that field over there nice the joys of one of these under used roots is that  you really need to make your own path through all   this grass it's so high but also sometimes there's  no way marker or maybe the way marker i don't know   fell down or went missing who knows but angus  went to explore and from another angle he could   see the style but you cannot see it from here  so he's currently on the other side of the field   deep in the bushes is a hidden way marker and at  last possible are you on the right path there ango doesn't look very possible here anyway but  then this kind of looks like a path up here   but it's covered in fence i see a marker up here  above i guess we're gonna have to uh roll under   this actually i can't see pat like people  have trodden up there before is it electric joy is traveling boys are backpacking your real adventure is now height  yeah passing through twine yeah yeah fall in way marker someone should fix this  waymarker please do it will help other walkers we are a little bit outside of moyne and near  lachlan we were kind of waiting for a spot   to sit and have some lunch for a while  and we found it right at this gate here it's not exactly the most exciting  spot for lunch important to storm   yeah exactly so in this case  the storm was no benches foreign   yeah exactly i think i might have pulled a muscle  in my calf when we're going through those fields   it's just kind of getting sore and sore so we  might see how we feel when we get to lachlan   i think this route has been changed recently i  mean we were watching a couple of youtube videos   and some of it said very much road based and then  i think when tough souls did it they said that it   was a bit longer than they were expecting when  you look at it on the map i mean balaji dream to   lachlan is only about 10 kilometers but they did  bring us kind of on these offshoots you know let's   just go over here and then back yeah and across  very very buggy fields and overgrown fields and   kind of for you know a lot of work for no  payoff essentially and when like there's a   road right beside where you're going and they  just like i mean okay granted you know we want   more off-road uh more pots but like it's all  just like wet soggy overgrown fields with like   where you're basically like forming a new path for  yourself yeah there's there's a balance somewhere   i mean obviously it's not walked enough to  justify spending the money on the infrastructure   but at the same time if the bear brought me away  was to really take off as a really popular walking   route then yes it would need to be updated if  the path was a little bit more defined it would   be more fun to walk it would be more enjoyable to  walk and um i mean a bit of grass a bit of long   grass doesn't hurt anybody yeah and also like the  some of the way markers are obscured as well or   knocked down or chopped down for something that's  only been up and waymarked for maybe the last two   three years tops yeah maybe like a year yeah i  think yeah this in 2018. we've met a couple of   people and they've been friendly enough farmers  have been passes by sitting at this spot haven't   had a bother yeah so anyway let's get to lachlan  and we'll see how we feel when we get there a relative rarity on this trip thus far  a bit of dry bog very forgiving wonderful so this is a good example  of where the cycling route   the walking route differ always watch out for it  always follow the walking route sign good advice these ones yes the famous roof road  with a busy road with no margin always nice to see see ya we did now tomorrow we're doing link section i  suppose join up with the sock valley way if we   start out tomorrow yeah i think like officially  this is the end of the long lock our way but the   bear breffni way suggests that it continues on  because it needs to link up to the sarcasm yeah   yeah but this is the official big end point of the  of the long life airway if you're doing it just by   itself but for our purposes it's not exactly the  end but it is as well yeah we'll do another end   of day end of trail video the next time but uh  yeah for now but a lovely little town this here   absolutely gorgeous it's a shame that there's not  much more here i think they used to have more but   the way that rural ireland has gone over the years  there's less and less stuff from the smaller towns   because everything is focused to the bigger towns  yeah so there's like five or six shops used to be   here yeah there's one all the pubs are closed car  conversations closed stand below in central but   a lovely town nonetheless um i think they entered  the tidy towns competition it's very clean   yeah very very clean altogether so deserved  winners anyway say that much more bins than   you could cameras really to be honest that's  it we could point the camera at all of them   so yeah that's it i'm sure we'll see if we get on  there tomorrow yeah so my leg is definitely sore   please take note yeah maybe so we'll see holding  this is hard isn't it it is hard actually hold   it hard to hold this over honestly like camera  jeez i got it off and i see it my feet are up angus is going hiking by himself today without me my legacy i think it's from overuse i did try  to book into the local physio here in castle re   there's one it's booked out i try three places  in roscommon town because i can get a bus there   so if i don't find a physio today i guess  i'm just gonna sit here and rest up and watch   some rte because that's the only thing that  is on this tv here yeah i'm just gonna hang   out here for the day maybe do some research  check out laundry options maybe go for coffee   i'm gonna give angus the camera for  the day he's gonna go hang out with   you guys and show you what the bit between  lachlan and balon lock is like for the day it looks like i'm going to castle ray casselry it  wasn't actually my intention yeah i guess that's   the way it's sending me i don't think i saw any  other sign to balan lock or anything yes off i go so a star food tree i'm on the roof still uh so i'm posted  as the long locker way even though like   um the guidebook kind of says that the long  lock arrow way ends in lachlan if you look at   the bare breath anyway maps it it says otherwise  that it finishes in either castlery or uh loch   balon so yeah i wasn't actually intending on  coming this way but i mean it's convenient for   me so no complaints but i didn't actually see  a sign for balan lock and so i'm just following   this route to cassery no bother but the road up  until now like a really really long stretch just   along kind of bog land and like forestry  essentially through a particularly mucky   field what else do you expect and but this now is  actually a particularly lovely section i have to   say uh it's still i guess this part is probably  again even more unfinished than the rest of the   long locker way but it seems to be more or less  done uh just a few uh way markers that are like   still covered up but i guess the fact that i see  any way markers i'm like yeah all right this is   the right direction anyway yeah so ernest's  just taking it easy and castlery today um   and i was like i'll get some footage and see who  got on took the drone out for a spin this morning   don't know how good it's going to be but you'll  see for yourself uh if one decides to put any   into the the final cut of the video um but it's  great yeah i met a lovely person along the way i   was chatting away to her she knew she recognized  that i was doing the bear breath anyway so that   was uh that was kind of cool she was like  you got a long way to go yes and i said yeah   but uh bit of rain pleasant morning  all things considered and um   yeah see see how i get on i saw like a star fruit  tree i guess maybe it was the starfire tree it   could have been a it could have been breadfruit  but i guess it was terrific i was like did not   realize it could grow in this country so that's  kind of cool um but beyond that this is fine   i don't know how the hell i was supposed  to get to bottom lock i probably if i had   looked harder maybe would have seen a sign but  that's the way the cookie crumbles as they say so a saw red squirrel not a particularly  common sight in ireland even though it's   one of our few interesting half interesting  endemic mammals yeah so i guess it's a good   sign always to see them and i suppose this  is a pretty big deciduous forestry plantation   so um always always good to see so i'm excited  i know i only captured like a second of it   not even but uh really happy to see it on the  subject of um of nature and stuff like that   it's one thing that i i find makes the walk a  little bit more interesting for me and why it's   this is a really really great time of year to walk  it even though the ground is wet and it's not that   warm it was incredibly dry so happy enough all  of the sort of macro structures of microorganisms   like algae and lichens and mushrooms and stuff  like that it's because like you know we don't   have a huge amount of diversity in terms of animal  or plant life in ireland but we do have a lot of   lichen so you know the rainforests have their  orchids hanging off the trees we have clumps of   like and just hanging on randomly to branches  but i quite like it i like to see it and uh   and yeah fungi like just mushrooms seeing where  they grow and what they're growing on and there's   so many different types um so i don't know any of  their names i'm not able to eat them or anything   but i just i'm happy to see them  look at them i'm scared of them   and uh just the fact that they they just pop  up everywhere i just think it's great you know   i know they're not exactly a celebrated  kingdom of the of uh of organisms but um yeah they definitely make the  landscape a tiny bit more interesting   and particularly in the bogs  like the lichen is everywhere   and it's uh probably one of the more interesting  things to see like you know splashes of different   patches of color and against the brown and the  greens and you get whites and purples and reds   i just uh it's magnificent it's a it's a landscape  you don't see in too many different places so as   soon as you don't have that many interesting  animal species or plant species or you just   don't see them if they are there uh lichen and the  and the fungi pretty good substitute for me anyway and the fact that we're near some  sort of like old estate house   is why like the area is so well  cultivated maintained but like the chronologist station i'm a little bit confused about this long  lock road goes that way and there's a path   i'm not going to zoom all the way in but there's  a style down there anyway i can see from here and there's a sign this way where there's a  valley way and this gate now where to go okay   so i'm going to follow this sign and because a  it's got the bare breathing away thingy on it and   b because i think this is where the sock valley  way starts from a from our perspective of doing   the bare breath anyway and i looked at the map  i'm talking about google maps here now not one   of the sport island maps this seems to be kind of  more pointing me in the direction of castlery so   i'm just gonna go for it and hope for the best i  would say this is not a bad start suck by the way wise words just listen everybody let's be straight if  you haven't uh haven't had your fill of a   video stills of um things that i find interesting  feel free to hit that like and subscribe button   at your leisure you know we're all friends  here there's no pressure show your friends   you know send it to a people you think might  be interested in this kind of stuff you know   so always the off chance that if i'm enjoying  myself that maybe someone else might as well i'll be honest though these blank signs concern   me a little bit but i think  we're in the right direction those trees mark the exit to from  gallons wood that was pretty cool cool here we go i guess that's where the noise is coming from  god i hope you can hear us so i certainly can alright well if i had to guess  say this is the riverstock this is all a bit of pure toss so i'm  at the end of the linear park as part of   the main here so i'm going to pick up  here tomorrow we'll go back to see we're   back in town see you tomorrow who it is i've  got my uh stuff from penny nice penny's not   pennies pennies it's a good coffee place yeah  cool yeah well i've thoroughly enjoyed my walk   through cassery and it'll say that much it's  class what's that coming over the hill is it an   ornish is it an hornet all right here's  the legendary sitting rock we're on it change your shoes you know if you got time  to do this during christmas you know when you   pile on the weight i think i'm just  getting eaten by a wasp down there a bee and i've already stepped in some  cow dung lovely i'm not gonna leave here   because i really don't know when i get more  cow poo on my shoes refueling stocking up   absolutely all the cereal bars yeah whatever  they have protein bars clear the whole town ocean   that's it anything that we can carry we will buy  yeah so watch out alexa dream yeah and we bought   our takeaway from allah dream last night so we're  spending lots of money in bathroom yeah absolutely   there you go you're welcome style i don't know  i can't remember how the song goes you got that you never go out of style do you hear the joke about the magic  tractor or no no it turned into a field why is it so zoomed in maybe my arm  has gotten shorter or it's like on   special zoom mode or something oh i see  it was zoomed in and there's a bird bath that's a proper zoom there the beach in roscommon it's that way i wouldn't  be too optimistic about a bath i could be wrong these things are everywhere  why are they everywhere   and they move so fast like i mean before  you know it he'll be up at your face

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