Welcome to the Donegal Way.
- The corner that many miss- dramatic mountains and rivers in the far north western corner. The Blue Stack Mountains are really blue!
- Ard na Breatha Guesthouse in Donegal…magical cuisine!
- Lough Nacroaghy, a hidden gem followed by the coast at Port. As far from real life as you could imagine.
- Slieve League, the highest sea cliffs in Europe and spectacular beyond compare.
On the north eastern shore of Donegal Bay, the town is a lovely traditional town, and the county capital. Your guesthouse is situated 2km from the town at the start of the Bluestack Way. Dinner is available in your guesthouse or in Donegal town.
Day 2 – Donegal to Lough Eske
The Way follows the western shore of the lake and woodlands before climbing the foothills of the Bluestack Mountains. There are beautiful views from the Banagher saddle of Lough Eske and the mountains ahead. Follow the Eglish river valley through the drumlins of south Donegal to the deserted townlands. Your hosts will transfer you from the end of the walk back to your guesthouse.
Distance 20km. Ascents 440m. Approximate walking time 5 hours.
Overnight accommodation Donegal town.
Day 3 – Bluestack Mountians to Glenties
Your hosts will transfer you to where the walk finished yesterday. Hike to Glenties over the pass at Cloghmeen Hill through blanket bogland. Today’s walk is through more of the lowland settlements, past the pre Christian graveyard of Disert. Traverse the mountain of Luaghnabrogue to follow through the solitude of the Owenroe River to the sheep farming country south of Glenties.
Distance 13km. Ascents 370m. Approximate walking time 4 hours. Optional extra route to Lough Anna (5km).
Overnight accommodation in Glenties village.
Day 4 – Free Day in Glenties
Free day to walk in the Glenties area. Walk through lanes and boglands to the beautiful Lough Naeroaghy on the little drumlin of Derkbeg 330m. Enjoy fabulous views of the Gweebarra Bay and west to the Atlantic.
Distance 14km. Ascents 130m. Approximate walking time 4 hours.
Overnight accommodation in Glenties village.
Day 5 – Glenties to Ardara
Follow The Bluestack Way and the Owenea River to Ardara. Today’s walk follows the fishing access route to the Owrnea River on gorse lined paths with the Atlantic ahead and the mountains behind. It’s a relatively easy day’s walking and allows plenty of time to enjoy the lovely town of Ardara.
Distance 12km. Ascents 80m. Approximate walking time 4 hours.
Overnight accommodation in Ardara village.
Day 6 – Ardara to Glencolumbkille
Transfer by taxi to Maghera Strand. Follow the Slí Cholmcille along the foothills of the Slieve Tooey and Crockuna mountains to Glencolmkille. Climb by road to the top of the Owenree River valley to look down on Loughros Beg Bay, Maghera Strand and east to Ardara. The Way crosses a mountain pass at 350m to descend by road through sheep farming foothills to the gloriously remote cove of Port. What a place for lunch! (Packed…there’s nothing here but boats and gulls!) Your final climb of the day takes you up Faugher Mountain to descend to the village of Glencolumbkille. This remote and beautiful corner of Donegal is also a Gaelic speaking area and has many interesting megalithic and early Christian monuments.
Distance 20km. Ascents 630m. Approximate walking time 6 hours.
Overnight accommodation in Glencolumbkille village.
Day 7 – Slieve League Sea Cliffs and to Cashel
The route to Carrick follows blanket bogland and the traditional cart tracks between the settlements. Teelin Bay is a lovely enclosed fishing harbour, a gentle introduction because over the top are the stunning, exhilarating Slieve League cliffs. Don’t miss them. Your hosts will collect you from Teelin and transfer you to your accommodation near Kilcar.
Distance 14km. Ascents 310m. Approximate walking time 4 hours.
Optional route to Slieve League Cliffs 12km. Ascents 550m.
Overnight accommodation in Cashel, near Kilcar.
Day 8 – Departure from Kilcar
Scheduled bus services from Kilcar to Donegal for onward connections.
Prices & Booking
€77 single supplement.
* Seven nights Bed & Breakfast guesthouse accommodation;
* Luggage transfers each day;
* Detailed route descriptions;
* Relevant 1:50000 maps.
What’s not included:
* Other meals;
* Entries or excursions;
* Transfers to Donegal or from Kilcar.
August 2013 – Anje, Cologne Germany
It is going great…. I really enjoy my holiday, the B&Bs have all been good, I always felt very welcomed by the owners. Now the rain has stopped and the view is great over the bay and all the way to Sligo!
Thanks a lot for organizing this tour!
August 2012 – Frank & 3 friends, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The whole tour was wonderful and that we enjoyed it very much. The weather was nice, we had some rain every day, but also a lot of sunshine! We had an excellent holiday. As indicated in the description the route is marked very well, so that didn’t give us any difficulties. The information you provided us with was (as always) very good. Thank you.
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