The village of Clonbur is snugly situated between Lough Corrib and Lough Mask. One mile to the west rises the majestic and storied Mount Gable, where according to legend, the hordes of Firbolg assembled on the summit before their confrontation with the Tuatha De Dannan at the Battle of Moytura.
In less ancient times this isthmus known as the Gap of Danger where the ‘plainsmen’ met the less sophisticated, but often more stubborn stock of Joyce and Flaherty country. Here was the stage where conflicting civilisations rubbed shoulders and often swords.
Today, the district of Clonbur is endowed with nature’s choicest gifts – mountains, lakes, streams and woodlands.
Mount Gable offers the visitor who likes an easy climb a panoramic view of breath-taking beauty. The lakes need no introduction to discerning anglers from these islands and the continent.
At present, with the co-operation of Coillte, forest walks of scenic interest are being developed. Here one can rest, stroll or picnic in a friendly and picturesque environment or visit Petersburg Estate, seat of the Lynch family, one of whose members – John Lynch – was a signatory on the American Declaration of Independence.
There are no super swimming pools, promenades nor fun fairs here – instead there are unspoilt natural surroundings, landscape of surpassing beauty, quiet woodlands, peaceful, clean waters, historical and archaeological reminders of the past, friendly people and an opportunity, to the discerning, for a relaxed holiday.
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