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Enchanted Mountain Trail

Roscommon does not have too many mountains and the one it has is hardly the most impressive of mountains, more of a hill really. However Sliabh Ban is a place one should not underestimate for what it lacks in topographical might, it more than makes up for in terms of its lore and mystique.

On a rainy day in Luke Gibbons pub, we gathered some locals to tell us a bit more about the place and heard of mysterious sightings of black cats, stories of fairies and their spells, of missing gold and ghosts, of ancient games and warriors. This is a trail aimed at the walkers and cyclists amongst you, but we should say it is also aimed at those who are not of a nervous disposition. Once up on the mountain, you too might experience the sensation that you may succumb to the will of the fairy folk and get lost, so come prepared and in company – you have been warned! Scroll through to list on the left for 13 stories.

GPS tour

Below is our old iFrame for the tour that we designed for the Enchanted Mountain going back a while now. In a way we may seem to be going backwards in terms of the technology. This tour sat as part of a native app for the Real Roscommon Experience, but the app was prone to crash and alas, it was retired some time back. This iFrame will stop functioning entirely in 2022, but we still hope we can build an Irish platform for all this information – see our Digital Landscape Gardening project for further thoughts on all this! The good news is that the two platforms we suggest to get the most out of this tour are robust and world-beaters – Google Maps for the GPS coordinates and Audioboom for the audio. Once on Audioboom, you can download it on to your favourite listening app and off you go complete with GPS coordinates in the text section of the episode – simply cut and paste those coordinates to be brought to that location. Look out for the tour as a playlist on Spotify.