8-Day Self-Guided Donegal Hike



The perfect way for the independent explorer to see our hidden gems & discover the many paths less travelled.



7 nights stay, 6 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

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Self-Guided Donegal Hike

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.


  • Bluestack Mountain
  • Lough Eske
  • Owentocker River
  • Glencolmcille
  • Owenwee River
  • Glengesh Pass

Whats Included?

  • 7 night’s Bed and Breakfast.
  • Full Irish Breakfast each morning.
  • 6 days walking. Varied and interesting each day.
  • Move your luggage each walking day.
  • Give you full walking details, easy to read route descriptions and maps of the area.
  • 24 hrs Emergency/Information contact number.
  • Full pre-departure information pack to allow you to fully plan for your holiday and so get the most from this Irish walking experience.
  • Airport transfers arranged/booked if required.
  • Extra days/nights booking on request.
  • Advice service provided to aid planning any additional activities, travel, etc.
  • Prices are per person sharing. Single Room Supplement – €155.00. Solo Traveller Supplement – €195.00.

Day by Day

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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. 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.  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. 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.

Today you will be leaving Ardara to walk to Kilcar & from there transfer to your accommodation in Carrick. This walk follows along the magnificent Glengesh Pass an amazing V-shaped valley with some of the most spectacular scenery you could wish to see. Continuing over bogland & through forestry you then descend to the village of Kilcar with wonderful views over Donegal Bay. Kilcar is famous for its woollen & tweed industry & your walk finishes just across from one of the factory shops here where you can get a welcome cup of tea or coffee as well as an opportunity to see their beautiful range of clothing. From here you can ring for your taxi to bring you on to your accommodation for the next 2 nights in Carrick. Your luggage will already be here.

Walk Details: Distance: 20kms. Max. Height: 350m. Road walking, grass and muddy tracks, bogland & rocky paths. Can be very wet underfoot. 75% road walking today but boots are essential for the section off road.

Starting from your accommodation in Carrick – or if you wish – you can start from Kilcar – you follow a lovely coastal track out of the village & around Derrylahan hill to continue on to Crockunna. From there you parallel with the road to Glencolmcille with fabulous views as you get closer to this wonderful corner of Ireland. Descending into Glencolmcille village – you can then ring for your taxi back to Carrick for your 2nd night. Overnight in Carrick.

Walk Details: Distance: 15kms with optional extra 5kms. Max. Height: 220m. Road & track walking, also grass tracks – rocky and muddy in places, open hillside & bogland. Can be wet underfoot – boots essential.

Today you will be dropped back to Glencolmcille where you start walking a beautiful and very remote route back to the village of Ardara. With glorious views across Glen Head and Donegal bay, you then descend to Port & walk through this beautiful valley before ascending Crockuna & then walking beside the Owenwee River you continue through another magnificent valley to finish close to Ardara.

Walk Details: Distance: 20kms with additional 5kms at end if you wish. Max. Height: 320m. Road & track walking, some grassy & boggy tracks – rocky and muddy in places. Open hillside & bogland. Can be wet and muddy underfoot – boots essential.

From Ardara, you can avail of the daily bus service back to Donegal town – leaving at 08.15hrs & taking approx. 30 mins.  Once in Donegal town, you can connect by bus with most major towns & cities in Ireland or take advantage of the direct bus route to Dublin Airport.

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