St. Hugh’s Well and Sweathouse
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This is a cool and shady place with a deep pool of water.
It is located just before the village of Ballinagera, which is close to Dowra village and about 10 kiometres from Drumshanbo and is on the route of the beautiful Leitrim Way walking trail.
The Leitrim Way route is made up of tracks old and new, resulting in a fast pace and a route of dual character.
The southern end is low level along Lough Allen, while the northern end is hilly towards Manorhamilton.
The Leitrim Way leads through a rugged landscape of lakes, ancient wells and magnificent scenery.
It links into The Miner’s Way and The Cavan Way at Dowra.
With Sliabh an Iarrain to your back and the refreshing lake-view of Lough Allen in front of you, St Hughs Well and Sweathouse is the perfect location for a stop to admire the stunning scenery.
The water in this well is bright orange which may be a little disconcerting to the visitor, but it is because the water is extremely rich in iron.
The well housing is plain and simple, just a stone hood.
The well and sweathouse would have been your original spa over 3,000 years ago.
The high level of iron and other minerals in the water and the-cave like structure, combined with heavy iron-ore deposits in the walls, created a natural sauna that provided therapy for all sorts of ailments by virtue of the high temperatures obtained from the enclosed area.