Melmore Head Hills is a 7.6 mile loop trail located near Ros Goill, County Donegal, Ireland that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length7.6 miElevation gain1,227 ftRoute typeLoop
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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

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Yoann Marmion
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Liam Molloy
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Steep in places, slightly boggy at times. Beautiful views.

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Tara McHugh
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Amazing views, boots required though as it is quite wet in places even in the middle of summer!!

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Jen W
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michel Gros
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