Donegal Town Bank Trail is a 2 mile out and back trail located near Donegal, County Donegal, Ireland that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.0 miElevation gain200 ftRoute typeOut & back
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A pleasant scenic stroll along the river Eske to Donegal bay, the town's hidden gem. Donegal Town is fortunate to have a 'walk in the country' so near the middle of town in the form of the bank walk. It's the perfect early evening stroll prior to a meal. If you'd like to make it a loop rather than a straight back track, you can carry on right after the second flora and fauna sign and come onto the Killybegs roads. The ex Mayor of Donegal Town, Tom Conaghan, was behind an initiative to upgrade the walk and it is now that little bit safer and has nice touches like bird boxes and signs on the tress to tell you what they are. Please note that the various signs for the trees all seem to be very high up, but they are there when last checked. You may wish to have some fun with your young ones by seeing how many signs and bird boxes they can spot along the way. New secure fencing as of November 2011 ensures that the more precarious precipices are no longer an issue for concerned parents. On the other side of the river bank, you'll see (and hear) the landmark that is the Abbey hotel, the original old pier and quays, scene of the August food festival, the must-do waterbus, the historic old abbey as well as seeing the various isles of the bay - St. Ernan's, Belle's isle and the Green island with Murvagh golf club and the plateau of Ben Bulben in the distance. This is a very special stroll that generations of Donegal folk, both young and old, have savored.

Donegal weather can be changeable so make sure you bring an umbrella and rain gear. Good comfortable sturdy footwear will serve you well, especially when the path narrows near the end. Some parts of this walk are up a gentle gradient. The new gravel path covers up most of the tree roots, but one or two may still be encountered so look out for them. Bring a camera and some water.

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