Donegal Town Heritage Walking Tour is a 1.5 mile loop trail located near the city of Donegal that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.
Donegal Town is County Donegal's gateway town. Its name translates from the Irish Don na nGall as 'fort of the foreigners', the foreigners here being the Vikings. Donegal gave its name to County Donegal, although Lifford is now the county town. Until the early 1600s, Donegal was the 'capital' of Tor Chonaill, a toath controlled by the O'Donnell Clan of the Cenel Conail and their seat was Donegal Castle located in the centre of the town. Donegal sits at the mouth of the River Eske and Donegal Bay, and is surrounded by the Bluestack Mountains. These days, the town is bypassed by the N15 and N56 roads allowing you to enjoy this walk with relative peace away from traffic. This walk will show you where the most important book on the history of early Ireland was written, where the Lords of the Fish ruled, where young boys were sold to farmers, where you can find natural pearls, where local tweed was turned into fine apparel and where the Black Pig used to stop off. We'll tell you of the town's connection with luminaries from Dickens to Napoleon, we'll show you where de Valera declared independence and where Van Morrison was sent packing.