Slí na Rossan Donegal is part of the 280km Slí Dhún na nGall – a series of national waymarked way routes that covers much of the Gaeltacht region of West Donegal. The Slí na Rosann section is a 65km circular route covering much of the Rosses area, which lies between the western slopes of the Derryveagh Mountains and the rugged Atlantic coast
The Rossses is a dramatic, rock-strewn landscape dotted with more than a hundred small lakes. Slí na Rosann brings walkers through this beautiful and often harsh landscape, passing on its way through the town of Dungloe, the fishing harbour of Burtonport and the villages of Annagry, Crolly and Maghery.
The terrain on the Slí na Rossan consists mainly of lanes, some open ground which can be very wet, and quiet country roads that meander across open country. However, there are also some busier roads so care is needed. Some parts of the route, particularly that between Maghery and Crolly are quite remote
The ascent over the entire route of Slí na Rossan is 770 metres, with no significant climbs. The distance is 65km and the waymarked way grading is moderate.
Outline of Main Route
Dungloe - Burtonport – Annagry - Crolly – Maghery – Dungloe
The route connects from the village of Crolly with Slí an Earagail, by way of a 4.5 km link that is partly on a busy road. There is also a 22 km link from Crovehy on the route, via the tiny village of Doochary, to Slí na Finne with an aggregate ascent of 550 metres. This link is on side roads, forest and bog roads and open moorland, which is often very wet.
Among the many offshore islands visible from Slí na Rosann is the inhabitated island of Aranmore, which is accessible by ferry from Burtonport all year round.
The 15km walk around Aranmore circles the island on roads and bog roads. The route is signposted as Slí Árainn Mhór and begins and ends at the Ferry port. The views in all directions along the walk are stunning and the western half of the route is particularly remote.
Although the route is graded only moderate, it can be isolated in places, so appropriate clothingand footwear should be worn, and consideration given to weather conditions likely to be encountered.
Map showing Sli na Rossan.
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