Category Archives: County Sligo WAlks

Lens Artists Challenge #172 – A Day of My Week

At the end of mid-term we decided to head to Coolaney in Co. Sligo where my husband and kids could enjoy the Coillte bike trail and I could go for a quiet walk with my camera. It was a lovely sunny autumn morning.

I took the opportunity to take some photographs of plants. Here the seed heads of burdock and some pond weed growing in a boggy pool.

I was struck by the way the light shone through this small Scots pine branch.

Here an old farmstead – now pretty much surrounded by trees.

Here one of the many bike trails.

I climbed to the top of the track and got a lovely, if somewhat hazy view, over the surrounding hills.

A special thanks to the Lens artist team for continuing to provide inspiration. This time – A Day of My Week

Union Wood

A couple of weeks ago we visited Union Wood in County Sligo. The bluebells were amazing.

Union Wood is designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) due to the presence of old sessile oak woodland. Today,  the woodland is mixed and includes commercial forestry and is part owned by Coillte and the NPWS.

The wood was once part of the Cooper Estate, The Cooper family had acquired the land in the mid-17th century under the Cromwellian settlement. Prior to which it was owned by an old Irish family, the McDonaghs.

There are two looped walking trails to enjoy, one 4km and the other 5.5km long.