Portbeg Holiday Homes Bundoran, Donegal

Walking and Sightseeing

The area in and around Donegal offers the perfect platform for exploring the North West of Ireland, as it is on the border of counties Sligo, Leitrim and Fermanagh. Easy access to all of these counties offers a hill walker’s delight. Our experienced guides will take you through deserted villages, megalithic tombs, holy wells, spectacular valleys, sweat houses (old saunas) and show you magnificent views as well as an insight into the wildlife, flora and fauna that the North West of Ireland has to offer.

We have walks to suit all levels including challenging peaks, wild and remote uplands, rocky mountain terrain and marvelous sea cliffs. At Portbeg Holiday Homes we endorse a “Leave No Trace” policy, so we will help you enjoy a range of walks without disturbing nature and wildlife.

Guided Hill Walks

Below are some walks ranging from easy to difficult which give you an idea of the landscape and places of interest to visit. There are a wide range of walks available within a 30km radius of Portbeg Holiday Homes.


1. SLIEVE LEAGUE (Mountain of the Flagstones 601 Meters 1972ft)

The sea cliffs of Slieve League brood over the South Donegal Coast and are dramatic sight. The walk starts at Bun glass proceeds over “Eagles Nest” and on over “One Man’s Pass”(so named because of the narrow path to the summit).We return via the remains of St Hugh Mac Bricks Church along the pilgrims path pass the holy well and back to base. Distance 10Km time 4 – 6hours.


2. BENBULBEN PLATEAU (County Sligo)

Ben Bulben, the fearsome and famous landmark of Sligo immortalised by Ireland’s foremost poet William Butler Yates, with the lines “Under bare Ben Bulben’s head”. The mountain presents a formidable prospect from the nearby lowlands with its stern vertically furrowed cliffs above steeply sloping grass. Surprisingly it is quite a moderate walk once the crest is reached and it offers fantastic views of the coastline and Innis Murray Island. Length of Walk 6/km. Time 3- 4 hours. Degree of difficulty moderate.


3. THE SUMMIT OF TRUSKMORE AND TIEVEBAUN (Counties Sligo and Leitrim)

These 2 peaks are the highest points in Counties Sligo and Leitrim and are quite close to each other. The summit of Truskmore (647meters) is reached by a road that services a radio mast, the mast was erected by a Norwegian company in 1962 and is over 100 meters high. Tievebaun is reached by following the boundary wall that divides Sligo and Leitrim. A slight diversion to the west from the mountains to the valley below Length of walk 9Km, Time 4 – hours


4. The Breesy Mountain Circuit (County Donegal)

A fairly easy walk encompassing lakes, woodlands, and hills, also visiting a Megolithic Tomb. The walk begins at the Traveler’s Friend a well known Public House. About 2 Kms on we pass a megalithic tomb dating back to over 4000 years. Several lakes are passed until Bressy Mountain is reached, though only 258 Meters in height some fantastic views are offered from the summit. The Blue Stack mountains in the North, cliffs of Magho and Lough Erne in the east, Ben Bulben and Knocknarea in the south and the vast expanse of Donegal Bay in West. Further on there is a Mass Rock where the locals said Mass in Penal Times, the walk then meanders through the Knader woodlands pass the Hydro Electric dam at Cloghore to terminate at the historical town of Ballyshannon.  Length of walk 10 Km, Time 4 – 5 hours Degree of difficulty – Easy.


5. The Blue Cliffs of Arroo

The peak of Arroo commonly known to the locals as the blue mountain, because of it’s blue sheen on the cliffs sides. The summit is approached from the Gleniff valley a steady climb across peat hags will bring you to the Trig point which marks the summit(523 Meters), once reached the mountain offers fabulous views of Lough Melvin and further afield the hills of Donegal. The descent is via Arroo Lough and down a mule track that was used for the transporting of turf . Length of walk 8Km, Time 4 – 5 hours, Degree of difficulty – Moderate.


6. QUEEN MEABHS GRAVE (220 Metres)

Famous for its massive passage grave, the largest in Europe and reputed to be the grave of Queen Meabh (Meave) of Connaught. This climb is steeped in history and Irish folklore. Length of walk 5km, Time 2 hours, Degree of difficulty moderate.

We look forward to meeting you and showing you around the hill walking delights of Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim and Fermanagh.


Information

As much as we love our Green Country the weather can be unpredictable so we recommend you to bring the following.

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Walking boots
  • Small Rucksack
  • Flask, if you like a warm drink
  • Water

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