Lough Eske Nature Loop Trail

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Lough Eske Nature Loop Trail is a 3.5 mile loop trail located near the city of Donegal that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.5 miles 564 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


At the foot of the Bluestack mountains, discover the abundance of flora, fauna, and history around the lough. Starting off at Lough Eske Castle by the banks of Lough Eske and at the base of the magnificent Bluestack mountains, this leisurely nature guide meanders by the shore before rising gently to give you a panoramic view of the area right across to county Tyrone. We'll be telling you a bit more about the area along the way, but we'd advise you to be on the look out for a myriad of sights and sounds that Mother Nature has on offer. Some of the treats you can expect to find on your short jaunt are the (possible) sighting of golden eagles, Californian redwoods, red deer, blue hare, and every sort of flora from marsh marigolds to cuckoo flowers, meadowsweet to umbellifers. You're in a place of immense beauty and fresh air where lichen grows freely as it does where air is truly fresh and where everyone from Fionn McCumhail to friars, gentry to bandits have visited and savored. It's now your turn as we tell you all you'll need to know about an area that contains both the biggest and the smallest townlands in Ireland, its abundance of wildlife and its connection with the Beatles, a place where the greatest of all medieval books was completed and theories of the lough being connected to Lough Ness have been expounded. Anyone in the know will tell you there's no where else on Earth quite like Donegal and in turn, there's no where in Donegal quite like Lough Eske. Welcome to a very special place indeed.

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