SELF GUIDED TOUR
The perfect way for the independent explorer to see our hidden gems & discover the many paths less travelled.
4 nights stay, 3 days hiking
Participants need to have a good level of fitness and previous hiking experience is recommended.
“Got the chance to see the real country.”
– Dagmar, Austria, 2015
Donegal is a breath-taking land of beautiful mountains, lakes and valleys surrounded by the Wild Atlantic Way. Its coastline offers beautiful safe, sandy beaches that are never crowded. The sea offers a kaleidoscope of colours as it rolls onto the land. It is a land that is rich in heritage and folklore and contains a wealth of culture and a people that are so eager to have you discover their land, their friendliness is infectious.
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Arrive in Donegal town where you will be spending your first 2 nights. On arrival at your first accommodation, your hostess will give you your full Detailed Information pack. She will also be able to recommend places to eat in the town & suggest some of the pubs where you may find Irish music.
Access for this holiday is made by a bus connection from Dublin Airport to Donegal. This service is available all year round.
Walking from your accommodation you follow the “Blue Stack Way-Marked Way” around the shores of the beautiful Lough Eske, along the foothills of Banagher Hill, beside the Eglish River to finish in the little village of Letterbarra. On your arrival to Letterbarra you can phone for your taxi to come & collect you (unless you have already arranged this ahead of time). Return to Donegal town for your 2nd overnight.
Walk Details: Distance: 16kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Height: 250m. Most of today’s walk is on quiet back-roads & tracks with the last 2kms going across bog land before re-joining road to Letterbarra. The “cross-country section can be muddy and wet underfoot so we recommend boots for this walk.
Leaving your Donegal accommodation, you will be driven back to Letterbarra to start walking off the road from where you finished yesterday. Following across old bog roads & through farmland, you then have a lovely walk over the foothills of the Bluestacks to arrive into the village of Glenties. This is your highest walk of your first few days – but if the weather is not good then we recommend you take the lower level alternative walk around the higher ground to re-join the route further on. From Glenties you can ring your taxi to bring you on to Ardara for your next 2 night’s accommodation.
Walk Details: Distance: 16 kms. Duration: 5-6 hours. Max. Height: 400m. Some road walking, muddy and rocky grass tracks, open mountains & bogland which can be wet underfoot. Boots essential.
You will be driven back to Glenties to start your walk from this lovely village. From here you follow along a quiet back road to arrive at the banks of the Owentocker River. Following along beside the river, a beautiful walk brings you into the village of Ardara where you return to your accommodation for your 2nd night.
Walk Details: Distance: 11kms. Duration: 3-4 hours. Max. Height: 150m. Roadways & tracks, river banks which can be rocky and uneven in places. Then back to track & road walking into Ardara. Boots essential.
This is your departure day as you leave this glorious area refreshed & relaxed after your walks. Ardara has a bus service leaving at 08.15hrs to Donegal town every morning that takes approx. 30 minutes. From Donegal town you can avail of an excellent bus service to most towns & cities in Ireland & a direct bus route to Dublin Airport.
Please note, you can combine this tour with the 5-Day Donegal South and/ or 5-Day Donegal West Hike to make your visit and 8 or 12-Day.