Bealach na Gaeltachta Waymarked Walks Donegal

Bealach na Gaeltachta Waymarked Walks Donegal

Bealach na Gaeltachta Waymarked Walks Donegal (Dun na nGall) is made up of four circular long-distance walking routes which pass through Gaeltacht areas in County Donegal. The routes have been developed as a National Waymarked Way by Donegal County Council and Údarás na Gaeltachta in association with Fáilte Ireland. Each walk is between 50-70km in length and encompasses mountain riverside seaside and forest habitats. New for 2013 – The Bluestack Way now has a dedicated app for walkers.


The scenery along the routes is spectacular and walkers have an excellent opportunity to sample the uniqueness of the Irish language heritage and culture of the region.

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The four circular routes are:-

  • Slí an Earagail
  • Slí na Rossan
  • Slí na Finne
  • Slí Cholmcille


1. Slí an Earagail

This route derives its name from Errigal Mountain (751m), a quartzite cone which is the highest mountain in Donegal. Errigal can be viewed fron almost every point along the walk that encompasses the thriving Gaeltacht Region of the north western corner of the county in the parishes of Gaoth Dobhair and Cloich Cheann Fhaola. A mixture of forestry, countryside and coastal scenes viewed from tracks and minor roads provide walkers with a variety of breathtaking landscapes
Outline of Main Route

Gweedore – Dunlewey – Falcarragh – Bloddy Forelabd – Derrybe – Bunbeg – Gweedore


2. Slí na Rossan

Slí na Rosann is a 65km circular route covering the Rosses area of West Donegal, which lies between the western slopes of the Derryveagh Mountains and the rugged Atlantic. It is a wonderfully scenic, rock-strewn landscape scattered with more than a hundred lakes. Slí na Rosann brings walkers through this dramatic and often harsh landscape, passing on its way through the town of Dungloe and the villages of Crolly, Maghery and Burtonport.
Outline of Main Route
Dungloe – Burtonport – Annagry – Crolly – Maghery – Dungloe


3. Slí na Finne

Slí na Finne is a 42 km long circular section of the 280km Slí Dhún na nGall that loops through the mountains of central Donegal touching on Lough Finn and the banks of the River Finn. It is a route that takes in the villages of Fintown, Cloughan and Comeen and what County Donegal is best for, its wilderness, mountains, glens, rivers, and lakes. There is a 22 km link from the route via the village of Doochary to another of the Donegal walking routes, Slí na Rosann,
Outline of Main Route

Fintown – Cloughan – Commeen – Fintown


4. Slí Cholmcille

This route derives its name from the legendary St Colmcille, one of Irelands patron saints. The coastline along the route is spectacular with many inlets, bays and cliffs together with stretches of sandy beaches providing beauiful coastal walks Thriving small towns lie along the route including, Ardara, Carrick and Glencolmcille. Ardara is a heritage town and is renowned for its homespun tweeds, handknits and handloomed knitwear. The villages of Kilcar and Carick and the surrounding area provide excellent landscspes of mountains and glens, beaches and bays. Gleann Cholm Cille (Glencolmcille) is an area which is rich in folklore and traditional music.
Outline of Main Route

Kilcar – Carrick – Glencolmcille – Port – Ardara – Glengesh – Kilcar.


Island Walks

Three of the four routes are linked by a walk.   In addition Slí an Earagail and  Slí na Rossan have links to the islands where waymarked walks have also been developed. These island walks include Slí Árainn Mhóir (Aranmore Island), Slí Ghabla (Gola Island) and Slí Thoraí (Tory Island). These walks are much shorter in distance, ranging from 4km to 20km, but the scenery is truly breathtaking

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