In the 1840s the writer Anthony Trollope was living in Drumsna, where he came across the inspiration for his first and some consider his best novel ‘The MacDermots of Ballycloran’ (1847).
He was a senior civil servant at the time and was sent to the town in 1843 to investigate the financial affairs of the Postmaster. It chronicles the tragic demise of a landowning family who live in a dilapidated mansion in County Leitrim. The site of the mansion is now part of the signposted Anthony Trollope trail which uses both the name of the original house, Headford and the fictional one.
LENGTH OF WALK: 10km
TIME: Approx 2 hours
WAYMARKING: Trollope Trail signposts
DOGS ALLOWED: Yes – on a lead
FACILITIES NEARBY: Pubs, shops
TRAILHEAD/STARTING POINT: Drumsna Village
DIRECTIONS TO THE STARTING POINT: Off the N4 take the R299 to the centre of the village