The Bluestack Way: Glenties to Ardara

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The Bluestack Way: Glenties to Ardara is a 7.3 mile point-to-point trail located near the city of Ardara that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and walking.

7.3 miles 1500 feet Point to Point

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  • Metal bridge
    From this laneway, the route turns left into a field and goes directly to the riverbank. Follow the waymarkers carefully along the river, crossing many bridges and walkways as you head towards Ardara. Some of the bridges were built to facillitate anglers using the river, but most were built for workers at the nearby Bord na Mona peat extraction works to get to and from their place of work. One of these bridges, a rail crossing, was used to transport the extracted peat from these extensive peat boglands.
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  • T-junction
    Directions You'll be taking a left at the T-junction to bring you into the last stop of Ardara. On leaving the river, the route makes its way to the main Ardara to Narin/Portnoo road, the R261. At this road, you turn left to make the final kilometre of the Bluestack Way into the village of Ardara - well done and here's hoping you've made it to the end in one piece! Taking the right would get you to the beautiful coastal villages of Narin and Portnoo - we could not complete the Way without having Bart Whelan tell you one of the great tales of the area, the early days of Narin golf club and its unusual golf hazards.
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  • Ring fort
    The end of the Bluestack Way is at Ardara on the Atlantic coast on Loughros Bay. Ardara - Ard an Ratha (pronounced 'Ardra') means Hill of the Fort, named after the large ringfort situated above and overlooking the village. Located behind the national school at the top of the town, the ringfort is approx. 28km in diametre and enclosed by an earthen bank and ditch. it was probably home to a single family and dates from AD 500-800. Our pictures show you the wall and gate to look out for to access the Ardara fort. Make your way over the gate and up the hill to see the fort. There is an even more impressive ring fort a few miles away, just outside of Portnoo called Doon Fort. Wondering what else to see in the area? Ask about any one of these wonderful sites: - Iniskeel Island, St Connell's Church and two Cross Slabs; Narin's championship 18 hole Golf Course, Kilclooney Portal Dolman; Cloney Wood Forest walk; Massrock at Morganstown; Owenea Bridge standing stone (see POI 7), Ardara Fort at Hillhead, Evie Hone stained glass window, Drumbarron Hill scenic view, The Dorleens, Loughros Point, Maghera Caves, Assaranca falls near Maghera, Glengesh Pass and Ard an Amharc.
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  • Heritage town
    The capital of festivals not just in Donegal, but possibly Ireland? We're not going to list out all of the festivals here - you'll know of the Cup of Tae festival and maybe the Walking festival, but rarely is there a week that goes by in the Spring and Summer that there isn't some sort of celebration in the town. Not a bad way to pass time! The area is famous for its spectacular scenery, beautiful unspoilt beaches, and the hospitality of its people. Ardara is a designated Heritage Town and also a well known centre for the manufacture of Donegal homespun tweeds and knitwear. We are great fans of Kennedy's of Ardara for their very nifty knits - see their website on the right hand column. Great trad music is to be heard around the town and a visit to Nancy's for seafood and music is a must - it's just been crowned national Pub of the Year by the Georgina Campbell guide book. The Diamond has been a market place since the 1700s when George Nesbitt had livestock and tweed traded on the first day of the month. Today, the fair is held annually, usually around Whit weekend. In the Heritage Centre, you'll hear a good telling of the role the county played in the weaving industry. There's a hand loom weaver on site and an audio visual guide upstairs as well as a small cafe. It doubles up as a Tourist Information centre.
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