THE next Fermanagh walk in our series is Big Dog Forest: Big Dog Walk.


Big Dog Forest gets its name from the larger of the two small hills that dominate the skyline, known as Big Dog and Little Dog. Their names originate from Irish folklore as they are named after Bran and Skeola (Sceolan), two favourite Irish wolfhounds belonging to the legendary giant Finn McCool. One day while out hunting, the dogs picked up the scent of a witch and gave chase. To aid her escape the witch changed herself into a deer but the two dogs still gained ground on her, so in desperation she cast a spell turning them both into solid rock.

(Part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark).

Nearest Town: Derrygonnelly

Points of Interest: Possibly the most intriguing features along the walk are the two hills Big Dog and Little Dog

Location: The car park is adjacent to the Knockmore Road approximately eight miles from Derrygonnelly village, at the south side of the Doagh Road between Derrygonnelly and Garrison

Distance: 2.5 miles

Route Shape: Circular

Route Type: Forest, lakeland, woodland

Facilities: Car parking and picnic area available, nearest amenities Derrygonnelly

Grade of Walk: Easy

The information on this walking route has been provided by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and also features on a series of walking cards which have been developed to promote walking opportunities, trails and routes within the Council district.

Please note that to help reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19, you should stay in your local area.

When visiting this or any similar area, try to avoid busy times, use the designated car parking spaces, and ‘Leave No Trace’ to ensure we can protect our environment for the enjoyment of all.