Poisoned Glen

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Legend has it that the huge ice-carved hollow of the Poisoned Glen got its sinister name when the ancient one-eyed giant king of Tory, Balor, was killed here by his exiled grandson, Lughaidh, whereupon the poison from his eye split the rock and poisoned the glen. The less interesting truth, however, lies in a cartographic gaffe. Locals were inspired to name it An Gleann Neamhe (The Heavenly Glen), but when an English cartographer mapped the area, he carelessly marked it An Gleann Neimhe – The Poisoned Glen.

Two kilometres east of the Dunlewey Lakeside Centre turn-off, a minor road leads down through the hamlet of Dunlewey, past a ruined church, to limited roadside parking at a hairpin bend. From here, a rough walking path leads into the rocky fastness of the glen (4km round-trip). Watch out for the green lady – the resident ghost!