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Leghowney Loop Scenic Walk is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Donegal, County Donegal, Ireland that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.4 mi Elevation gain 554 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

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A slow climb is rewarded with epic views of Donegal Bay & the Bluestack mountains.The Leghowney Loop Scenic Walk starts off punishing you with little to see and a lot to climb, but persevere and you shall be richly rewarded. The starting point is Leghowney Community Hall which has car/coach parking for approximately 200 spaces. These walks have been recently developed by the hard working Leghowney community in co-operation of Coilte (Irish Forestry Service). Leaving the Community Hall, follow the signs with the swirling logo of the walk. The first stage leads you through a forest taking you upwards towards the mountain top. This is the hardest part of the climb and is not suitable for buggies or youngsters under 10. The pathway levels out and it is an easy stroll from there onwards. From the top, the views are stunning of the surrounding countryside - Donegal Bay, Bluestack Mountains, Lough Eske and Ben Bulben in Co Sligo are just some of the many landmarks for the walker to savour. The shortest route takes approx 1.5 hours and the longer route 2-2.5 hours of a worthwhile walk. Coming off the mountain, you enter onto a quiet country lane for approx the last 1.5 km of the walk. For the more serious walker, by taking a right turn at the Meenadreen windmills at Point 7, it is possible to link up to the Ulster Way.

Leghowney community official web site http://www.leghowney.com Leghowney Sheep Race http://http://youtu.be/qvgcFnmTsv8

This is an moderate walk requiring sound fitness and should take no more than an hour and a half, but allow more time to take in the wonderful flora and fauna of the area or if doing the extended walk. It is worth bringing a camera and binoculars for the upper part. Better still, make a day of it and bring a picnic to eat overlooking the valley. On the second part of the walk after the wind farm, you are at on a public road so remember to walk towards traffic and if possible, wear a high visibility jacket. Move in if possible on seeing approaching traffic. Both children over 10 and dogs will be able to enjoy this walk, but due care is needed - use a leash for the dog on the main road section. If you are downloading, we recommend the use of the EveryTrail Pro app, which allows for offline map usage of the guide. Please spread the word by liking this on Facebook immediately below. Follow the Leghowney Looped Walk on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeghowneyLoop

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Dave Quinlan
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Wind farm is an eye sore. if this wasnt here it would be beautiful. May not bother others but its just not for me

George Clinton
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Máirtín Ó hAoláin
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Barry Naughton
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Mike Mulligan
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