Big Dog Forest is located between the villages of Garrison and Derrygonnelly in County Fermanagh and Kiltycloghter in County Leitrim, and it’s remote location and natural beauty make it a popular walking spot for tourists and locals alike.
Big Dog Walk is a Geopark Forest Walk, and the forest gets its name from the larger of two hills, Big Dog and Little Dog that feature in its skyline.
Legend has it that these hills are named after Bran and Skeola, two wolfhounds that were owned by the mythical figure Finn McCool. The story goes that one day while out hunting they gave chase to a witch who turned them into stone. We now know that the two hills are made up of hard sandstone.
Myself and my husband Ronan enjoyed going for this walk on a Sunday morning in Autumn, and although remote, the views from the top of Little Dog were more than worth the effort to get there.
We drove from Belleek village through Garrison and took the turn for Big Dog Forest at Cashel onto the Knockmore Road, the forest walk is about a 10-minute drive from the Cashel turn on narrow, windy roads, and you will find the car park signposted on the left-hand side of the road (54.3935442,-7.9379469).