Donegal Walking Guides
As well as being a county full of outstanding natural beauty the Donegal area has plenty for outdoor walking enthusiasts with scenic walks to be found throughout the county, ranging from leisurely strolls to arduous hikes there is something for everyone.
The Gap Trail
The Gap trail is a purpose built walking and cycling trail which runs through the Glenties and Ardara parts of Co. Donegal. It follows an old railway line and crosses the Ownea River, it passes through a forest on its way to the culmination point at the striking Lough McHugh. Taking around one hour it is seen as one of the easier walks in the county.
Corravaddy Wood just on the outskirts of Letterkenny is another walk suitable for all levels which takes people through the forest and its location means that those on the trip will be guaranteed breath-taking views of Lough Swilly and the surrounding areas.
Lough Derg Path
The Lough Derg path is based on a pilgrimage path that has been used since the 12th Century. The route is fully signposted and goes through an area which is managed by Coillte – the Irish Forestry organisation. Stepped in historical significance the route also provides spectacular lakeside views of the Lough and although also considered ideal for all levels it is known to take between 3 and 4 hours to complete.
Loch Eachnais Walk
Loch Eachnais walk can be found close to the Dungloe area of Donegal. A slightly more difficult route but a very short one at that – usually taking between 30mins and 1 hour, it forms part of Sli na Rossan and is an excellent walk for those looking for something a bit more challenging. The walk takes you through the quiet countryside and has spectacular views over the Rosses and out towards Aranmore Island.
Gleann Cholm Cille Loop Walks
The Gleann Cholm Cille loop walks are designed for those looking for a challenge, located in a very remote location these two loops offer some of the best walking and coastal views in Ireland. It encompasses rich cultural and archaeological heritage with ample opportunity throughout the route to view historic and religious remains. It can be accessed via Killybegs with the tower loop regarded as moderately difficult while the drum loop comes with a warning that it’s difficult and in a remote area.
For more information on these walks and other routes available in the Donegal area check Seamus Doohan at www.walkingdonegal.net