The far north of County Roscommon stretches up to Lough Allen where gentle farmland ascends to the moors and lakes of the Arigna Mountains. Albeit small-scale, this was once one of the few areas of Ireland to play a role in the Industrial Revolution, based first on iron extraction for a fifty-year period after 1788 – the local ironworks forged pikes in preparation for the 1798 Rebellion – and, subsequently, coal, which was worked here until 1990. The Arigna Miners Way is a waymarked 120-kilometre walking trail through the area, linking up with both the Leitrim Way and a historical trail taking in Boyle and parts of Sligo. Nearby, the appealing village of Keadue is worth a visit for its musical heritage.
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