Map 7 Corbally to Castlecoote
The Way zig-zags pleasantly through fields and lanes before descending to the river at km 74 and a picnic spot. An easy stroll through a narrow wood brings you to the riverbank and open ground. There is a slight risk in very wet weather of flooding here, but it is probably avoidable. If you are in any doubt, enquire before you leave the road near km 72, and if the news is bad, follow the road through Cloonamunnia to rejoin the Way at Dunamon.
Dunamon Castle has a recorded history going back to 1154, when it was the seat of the O’Finahtys. They were dispossessed during the Norman-English conquest and it was held by the Burkes until they in their turn were dispossessed by Cromwell. Empty in 1920, it was bought by The Divine Word Missionaries in 1939. Much hard work was put into its restoration and it is well worth a visit.
The Way crossed to the west bank and turns right into woodland. You emerge to cross a high footbridge over the strangely named Derryhippo River with a good view over Lough Linbaun, which will generally carry a good selection of waterfowl. The lake has a crannog (site of an ancient village on an artificial island, one of many in Irish lakes). Soon you reach Castlecoote which was named for the Coote family. Very little remains of the castle, which was a source of building stone for the Castlecoote 18th century house (restored and open to visitors). There is an old water mill just above the bridge. The Way crosses the river and continues pleasantly through meadows beside the river.