Best kid friendly trails in County Donegal, Ireland

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Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in County Donegal with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of kid friendly trails in County Donegal, Ireland
Top trails (12)
#1 - Hell Hole via Malin Head
Ardmalin, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 32 m
#2 - Lough Eske Nature Loop Trail
Donegal, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
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. 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. Show more
#3 - Glencolumcille Tower Loop
Cill Ghabhlaigh, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 59 m
This is a beautiful cliff loop with incredible ocean views. The route begins by passing Glen Beach before ascending up to the viewpoints. The trail then veers to the right and descends back down to the town along paved roads.Show more
#4 - Donegal Bay Scenic Drive
Donegal, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 33.2 mi
Enjoy the best sights and sounds around the magnificent Donegal bay - one of the great scenic road journeys in Ireland. Using Donegal as your base, you can weave along the coast road to make your way to the wonder of nature that is the Slieve League sea cliffs walk, some 600m above the Atlantic. The Slieve League sea cliffs, along with Croaghaun down in Achill, are the two highest sea cliffs in Ireland, some three times higher than the Cliffs of Moher and with a lot less of the crowds and the hype. In short, Slieve League is possibly the best reason to come to south Donegal and will be a walk that you will savour for years to come. Show more
#5 - The Bluestack Way: Donegal to Lough Eske
Donegal, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
The first part is the shortest and it is recommend you spend some time in Lough Eske at the end of Part One. From Donegal Town, meander along the river to the famous Lough Eske. Opposite the Bank of Ireland on the Diamond, you'll see a sign that marks the starting point of arguably the finest walk in the north west of Ireland. You'll be making your way out to Lough Eske along the eponymous river and in sight of the Bluestacks. Show more
#6 - Rathmullan Pier and Beach Walk
Rathmullan, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
A beautiful walk along the beach at Rathmullan looking across Lough Swilly towards Buncrana and coming back through a lovely woodland. This route takes the road to get to the farther beach but if the tide is out it's just a straight walk along through the rocks you may have to scramble a bitShow more
#7 - Maghery Historical Cliff Circular
An Machaire, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 2 m
Enjoy this amazing historical walk located near An Machaire, County Donegal. The wind and water have sculpted the landscape we see today. It’s one of the windiest places in the country and on average we get rainfall two days in every three. These ingredients make for breathtaking scenery when they are combined with a coastal location and an ancient and varied geology. The area around Maghery has a mosaic of coastal habitats. Beaches, sea cliffs, marram dunes, fixed dunes and saltmarsh graduate north east from the main beach. The south west wind has covered the fields behind the beach in a layer of blown sand which result in a species rich floral display in summer. The grass verges along the roadside going towards the pier display an attractive sequence of colourful wildflowers throughout the summer months. North of the Strand there is the rocky shore around Termon, interspersed with pockets of sandy grassland and dry heath. South of the Strand the coast rises dramatically to form Crohy Cliffs which are backed by a dense carpet of beautiful coastal heath that rises to a height of 245 metres at Croaghegly. Inland, is a mixture of blanket bog, heath and farmland. Maghery Lough is close by and is part of a Special Area of Conservation on account of the lake being a lagoon. It receives both fresh and salt water and is home to a specialised plant and animal community that can tolerate such conditions. Between Maghery Strand and Arranmore Island lie the low islands of Illancrone and Inishkeeragh, both of which are part of a Special Protection Area for wild birds. Dungloe Bay is scattered with exposed rocky outcrops at low tide and these provide a welcome haul out for Common Seals. Show more
#8 - Tratmore Strand from Horn Head Bridge
Dunfanaghy, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 31 m
#9 - Donegal Town Heritage Walking Tour
Donegal, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 42 m
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. Show more
#10 - Donegal Town Bank Trail
Donegal, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 2.0 mi • Est. 56 m
A pleasant scenic stroll along the river Eske to Donegal bay, the town's hidden gem. Donegal Town is fortunate to have a 'walk in the country' so near the middle of town in the form of the bank walk. It's the perfect early evening stroll prior to a meal. If you'd like to make it a loop rather than a straight back track, you can carry on right after the second flora and fauna sign and come onto the Killybegs roads. The ex Mayor of Donegal Town, Tom Conaghan, was behind an initiative to upgrade the walk and it is now that little bit safer and has nice touches like bird boxes and signs on the tress to tell you what they are. Please note that the various signs for the trees all seem to be very high up, but they are there when last checked. You may wish to have some fun with your young ones by seeing how many signs and bird boxes they can spot along the way. New secure fencing as of November 2011 ensures that the more precarious precipices are no longer an issue for concerned parents. On the other side of the river bank, you'll see (and hear) the landmark that is the Abbey hotel, the original old pier and quays, scene of the August food festival, the must-do waterbus, the historic old abbey as well as seeing the various isles of the bay - St. Ernan's, Belle's isle and the Green island with Murvagh golf club and the plateau of Ben Bulben in the distance. This is a very special stroll that generations of Donegal folk, both young and old, have savored.Show more
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