Best lake trails in County Donegal, Ireland

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Explore the most popular lake 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 lake trails in County Donegal, Ireland
Top trails (14)
#1 - Lough Veagh Trail to Glenveagh Castle
Glenveagh National Park
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Length: 5.0 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
This route is a nice stroll along the lake to the castle with nice views the entire way. The path is gravel, clearly marked, and quite open with no shade. You have the opportunity to take the bus back from the castle for €1.50 if you only want to do one way.Show more
#2 - Slieve League
Gleann Cholm Cille, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 2 h
Please note that the car park and restrooms are currently closed (07/15/2020). The trail is well maintained and the views are spectacular. These are the highest cliffs in Europe, so take your time and explore the wonderful views of the ocean.Show more
#3 - The Bluestack Way: Lough Eske to Letterfad
Donegal, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 10.1 mi • Est. 5 h 19 m
Enter the heart of the Bluestacks from Lough Eske to Letterfad via the Eglish valley. You'll have enjoyed two good days on the Bluestack Way at this stage, but what comes next is possibly the best part of it. The sight of the pristine and perfectly manicured Tymeen football pitch, the sacred serenity of Disert, the hulking presence of Carnaween, the agony of climbing up Lugnabrogue, the ecstasy of getting to the top and admiring the best view in Ireland, the calmness of Doobin, the surreal sight of a sofa just when you want one and the joy of seeing Glenties are yours to behold - this is one special section. Starting off at Lough Eske Castle by the banks of Lough Eske and at the base of the magnificent Bluestack mountains, the second part of The Bluestack Way App meanders by the shore before rising to give you a panoramic view of the area right across to county Tyrone before entering the valley of Eglish, passing Owenboy and getting us as far as Letterfad bog before settling for the night at The Bluestack Centre. Some of the treats you can expect to find on today's walk 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 savoured. Show more
#4 - Ards Friary To Ards Forest Park
Ards Forest
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 3 h 34 m
Some of the most beautiful scenery in Ireland the walk starts at Ards Friary the varied landscape includes beaches, sand dunes, cliffs, salt marshes and broadleaf woodland. Start the walk at Ards Friary (55.157857   -07.863912)Show more
#5 - Saint Columkille's Birthplace to Glenveagh Castle
Glenveagh National Park
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 4 h 41 m
Walk to Glenveagh Castle and avoid the parking charges. A lovely walk through the hills of Glenveagh that starts off at the birthplace of St. Columkille.Show more
#6 - 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
#7 - 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
#8 - Lough Nambraddan
Milford, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 30 m
#9 - Aghla Beg and Aghla More
Falcarragh, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 7.7 mi • Est. 4 h 47 m
#10 - Glen Walk
Carrigart, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 4 h 10 m
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