Best wild flowers trails in County Donegal, Ireland

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Explore the most popular wild flowers 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 wild flowers trails in County Donegal, Ireland
Top trails (16)
#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 - 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
#3 - 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
#4 - 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
#5 - 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
#6 - Melmore Head Hills
Ros Goill, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 3 h 53 m
Starting and finishing point is Tra Na Rosann Hostel. From a hostel you head down to Tra Na Rosann beach. Follow up to Rossess Point (in places it is a boggy area!) From Rosses Point over looking Tra Na Rosann beach and Boyeeghter  Bay, climb up to a hill just above a hostel (don't know if it has any name, on a map it's marked as point 163 and it is a highest hill in Melmore Head). Follow a fence on my left, Tra Na Rosann beach and Tranarossan Bay on my right. From a top of the hill are magnificent panorama views of Fanad Head, Mulroy Bay, Rosguill Peninsula, Horn Head and Tory Island (distance).  From this hill above a hostel, make your way down and up again on top of Gortnalughoge (125 m) where a WW2 concrete look out tower was built. There is a lake in a L shaped - Lough Melmore. On left from this lake is a big sign "78 EIRE". It was a sign for aircrew to let them know they are entering an Irish neutral airspace ground. From here take your time and extreme care to make your way down to Boyeeghter Strand. Alternatively you can contour around and make you way down to a valley beside Lough Melmore. From here follow shores of Rinawany Point, Shanlough Point  untill you get to Melmore Hill in Melmore Bay, yet again you can see unspoiled crystal, clean beaches. Pass by Lough Beg and head from Melmore Hill to Melmore Head. On top of Melmore Head you wonderfull panorama views overlooking Tranafaghaboy Bay, a lighthouse on Fanad Head. There are ruins of an old Napoleonic watch tower built in 1800s. From here make you way back through holiday caravans park back to a hostel (main road)  OS Map No. 2 Show more
#7 - The Bluestack Way: Letterfad to Glenties
Donegal, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 9.9 mi • Est. 5 h 9 m
This trail features some great views of the area. The path does lead over some boggy areas, so take caution if hiking after recent rainfall.Show more
#8 - Derryveagh Mountains: Crockfadda E Top and Crockballaghgeeha
Glenveagh National Park
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 3 h 10 m
Note: Users have reported that there are lots of hidden undercover waterways and the trail is very boggy, so watch your step. When starting out from Billy's pen look for the running water stream. Follow to the tree and head off at 2 o clock direction and you will come to a gate, always close the gate after you. Good waterproof boots highly recommended.Show more
#9 - 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
#10 - The Bluestack Way: Glenties to Ardara
Glenties, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 3 h 35 m
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