Best partially paved trails in County Donegal, Ireland

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Explore the most popular partially paved 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 partially paved trails in County Donegal, Ireland
Top trails (6)
#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 - 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
#3 - Inishowen Trail Loop
Greencastle, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 3 h 7 m
#4 - 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
#5 - Rossnowlagh and Manor House Circular
Ballintra, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
This walk starts and ends at the Smuggler’s Creek Inn, nestled on the cliffs overlooking Donegal Bay and the Blue Stack Mountains in South Donegal. It dates back to the early 1900s. It is situated in the area of Rossnowlagh meaning “heavenly headland”, which stretches along the coast for 6 km. According to local folklore, the Smuggling trade once flourished in Rossnowlagh. When tides were stormy, they used the Creek, below the Inn, to land their vessel and they hauled their booty and their contraband up the old hidden path, hence the name “Smuggler’s Creek”. Manor House is a unique caravan park by the sand dunes by the sea. This park has been carefully developed in an environmentally protected conservation area with scenic views. It is open 12 months of the year.Show more
#6 - Clogher River Circular
Clogher, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 2 h 43 m