Best running trails in County Donegal, Ireland

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Explore the most popular running 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 running trails in County Donegal, Ireland
Top trails (12)
#1 - Mount Errigal
Derryveagh Mountains
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
A challenging trail, but completely manageable. There is a small carpark at the bottom of the track. This route takes you through many different styles of Irish terrain and allows amazing views of both the vast valley's and blue ocean. There are no trail markers and no clearly defined paths at the beginning of the trail. Just line yourself up with the mountain peak and make your own way up. For the first 30 minutes or so, you're stepping around through marshes and trying not sink your boot into muck as Mt. Errigal stands apart above the abundant peat bogs of Donegal. The descent is easy and fast. If you haven't done quite enough then bearing left and over the bealach to the slopes of Mackoght will probably take you away from the others on the hillside and offers a different perspective. A good bit of scrambling is involved but the views from the top are well worth it as the ascent is short.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 - Cnoc Ramhar
Carrick, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
This is an excellent hike with incredible ocean views. It begins at the car park near Slieve League and climbs steadily to Cnoc Ramhar.Show more
#4 - Hell Hole via Malin Head
Ardmalin, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 32 m
#5 - 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
#6 - Slieve League
Gleann Cholm Cille, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 24 m
#7 - Inishowen Trail Loop
Greencastle, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 3 h 7 m
#8 - Muckish Mountain via R256
Creenasmear, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 2 h 30 m
#9 - 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
#10 - 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
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