Carntogher Way - Slí an Chairn

Walking Route

This walk on the hills above the Glenshane Pass gives access to historic Carntogher Mountain with views across Lough Foyle to Errigal and Muckish in Donegal, Sawel and the high Sperrins, and south-east to The Mournes and Slieve Gullion. Mentioned in the early Iron Age tale Táin Bó Cuailgne, the area is rich in mythology and archaeological heritage and a number of monuments remain visible in the landscape.


5.6 miles

Start Point:


Finish Point:


Point of interest:

Altkeeran, a hidden glen; the Emigrants Cairn: Shane's Leaps

Nearest town:

Maghera, County Derry

OS map:

Sheet 8


Open hill, lanes and minor roads


The main looped Carntogher Way coded red starts on a quiet minor road and quickly turns to gravel path which climbs the east side of Carntogher Mountain, leading in turn to a section of open grassy mountainside and heathery summit, before returning on gravel paths to the start point. This route has a shorter alternative coded blue called the Skelp trail. There is an alternative lower level route coded yellow, the Seefin Trail, which begins at the carpark and follows a stream through the Pollan Bog with boardwalk in the wetter places, and around Seefin Hill before returning along the same stream to the carpark.


There is a craft shop with post office, tourist information and coffee corner nearby at An Carn Centre C796061 with disabled carparking and toilets, which you pass on the Tirkane Road on the way to the walk start point.

Accessible terrain:

The lower sections of the Carntogher Way are accessible as a linear route for approximately 3km where the Tirkane Road skirts the bottom of the mountain. The road at this point is very quiet and includes both tarred and gravel sections. The gravel sections can be potholled at times. The higher sections include a number of stiles and some steep slopes, while the Seefin Trail has a number of stiles.

Accessible signage:

The trails are signed with colour coded wooden signage showing direction of travel arrows.


Details of all local walks are included in the Carntogher History Trail guide and map including walking trail maps of Carntogher Mountain and Drumnaph Wood.

Publication availability:

Contact: An Carn Centre, tel: 048 79549978 or email: or on Also available to download on this webpage.

Getting to the start by car:

Take the Tirkane Road C551 north west out of Maghera for 3 miles and park at the roadside carpark at the Cotter Row C819045 where you see the information sign for the mountain walks. This is the walk start point. Full details on brochure.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Magherafelt Tourist Information Centre
  • Free (parking charges may apply)
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