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Cycle NI - Your definitive guide to cycling in Northern Ireland
Poets Trail : O'Neill Loop
Route Location

Poets Trail : O'Neill Loop

The walk starts at Creggan Parish Church and an historic graveyard where the poets Art MacCooey, Pádraig MacAliondain and Séamus Mór MacMurphy are buried. The route follows quiet country lanes past Glassdrummond Lake, Roche Castle and Hearty's Folk Cottage back to the starting point

CountyArmaghDistance8 miles
Nearest TownCreggan, CrossmaglenOS MapSheet 28
Route TypeHillRoute ShapeCircular
AONBRing of GullionGrid Ref (Start)H934159
Public RoadsOn Public RoadGrid Ref (End)H934159


Flat to undulating public roads

Point of Interest

Creggan Parish Church and graveyard and the South Armagh poets, Castleroche and Heartys Folk Cottage.

Route Description

From Creggan Parish Church follow a country lane along the Glassdrummond Road for 2.5 miles. Take the first right past Glassdrummond Lough on to Leeter Road. Continue for 0.5 miles and take the first turning left on to Mounthill Road. Continue for 1.5 miles.

Turn left at the crossroads and continue for 0.5 miles before turning left. Then continue for another 0.5 miles and veer right through Ballsmill Village. Continue on for 1 mile and take the first turning on the left in to Cortreasla Road. Turn right on to Lurgan Road after 0.5 miles and continue for a further mile past Hearty's Folk Cottage.

Take the first turn on the left at Murray's Road. Continue for 1 mile and then turn right on to Cregganbane Road. Continue for 0.25 miles until the junction. Turn left back to Creggan Church.

Getting to the Start

Take B30 from Crossmaglen or Newry to Creggan Church


Farm machinery on minor roads


Car parking beside Creggan Parish Church. Convience store nearby. Refreshments, shops and toilets in Crossmaglen.

Information for People with a Disability

This route does not have accessible toilet facilities.

The route mainly follows undulating minor country roads with low traffic.

Available Publication

'The Poets Trail' routecards

Contact Crossmaglen Tourist Office 028 3086 8900



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