Walks and Trails

Here are some of the local walks in and around Creeslough but watch and be warned very few are flat.

Duntally Woods

Autumn Leaves in Duntally Woods

You can enter the woods at several points but the best walk is from the Duntally road through the woods to the N56 side. It is best to leave your car at the corner of the garden and walk down the hill to Umerafad.

The path can be joined at Duntally road and it meanders through the various trees and flora and fawn within the woodland. Once you exist at the N56 side you can assend the road back into the village. The route is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Distance: 2.5KM

Time: 40 mins

Glenveagh Castle Path

You can join the castle path from the lake. It is mostly flat with a few inclines. The main advantages is a hot cup of tea at the tea room before returning back on the same path. If you can’t walk back take the Shuttle bus back to the car park. This is a mostly gravel path and is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. It can get very busy during the summer months.

Walks and Paths in Glenveagh National Park, source Glenveagh National Park.

Distance: 4KM

Time: 30 mins

Glenveagh Nature Walk

There are several nature walks in Glenveagh National Park. The closest to the car park is called the Derrylahan lakeside walk. You can join the path from the lake. The walk takes you through the forest on the lakeside.

There is a large steep hill in the middle of the walk but there is a beautiful view over Muckish from the top and we have seen many deers along this path. The path is relatively easy after that part and loops back to the car park. It would be difficult with a pushchair or wheelchair due to the steep incline and the forest floor terrain.

Distance: 3KM

Time: 25 mins.

Muckish Mountain

Muckish Mountain with snow

Many locals and visitors have climbed Muckish and some take part in a seven sisters challenge climbing all the mountains in 24 hours. The mountain can be climbed from a path off the R256 or by joining the old miners path. Most people ascend and descend the same path, but it can be tricky due to the uneven surface and it can take around 2.5 hours. Foggy can descend quickly over the mountain so check the weather forecast for clear skies before starting your climb. READ MORE about Muckish. It is suitable for families but the surface is uneven and care must be taken.

Burtonport Railway Trail

Lough Achair Photo credit: Maria Moore

You can join the Burtonport railway trail at Muckish Mountain. The trail is a flat trail which takes you to Falcarragh. This historical path follows the old railway line long since gone. It passes along Lough Achair in Kildarragh and is general flat with some slopes and descents. It is suitable for all the family.

Distance; 9.4KM

Time: 2 hours.

Two Lakes loop: Lough Natooey to Roosky Lake

Roosky Lake photo credit Maria Moore

Starting from the Roosky road walk up through Ballyboes, Roosky and Craig. This is largely uphill with two steep hills. Once at the top of Craig there is a great view over the Lough Natooey out towards Ard Estuary. On the descent from Craig there is a pathway off the road to the lake, where you can get a picture perfect view of the lake and Muckish mountain.

Staying on the road walking down hill towards Ballyboes and Roscad you will join the N56. Walking along the main road you will then pass Lough Natooey on the left. Then there is a final assent back up to the Roosky road.

Distance: 5.7Km

Time: 50 mins

Ards Nature Walk

Map of Ards with the various Walk and Trails

There are several walks in the Park ranging from coastal paths, to hilly inclines which maybe difficult with a pushchair. The best for pushchairs or wheelchairs is the marine walk along the boardwalk. The Walk to the viewing lookout is also worth it as the views over to Ballymore are beautiful.

Distance: various walks

Time: 1-2 hours

Magherablade to Umerafad loop

Starting from the corner of the garden walk down through the town and take the road to Magheroarty. There is a gradual descent until the road turns right and starts to ascend up to Umerafad. There is a small descent until a final hill back up to the village. This is a good family walk along a quiet road. It is suitable for Pushchairs and Wheelchairs.

Distance: 5KM

Time: 50 mins

Laracus/Errigal Forest

Laracus Woods behind Muckish Mountain. Photo Credit Maria Moore

This woodland path can be accessed off the R256 road from Glenveagh enroute to Falcarragh. The road leads from Muckish to Errigal through Fir lined trees some young to more mature. The woodland path is mostly flat and is suitable for pushchairs and would be ideally for cycling. There are also several trails of the main route. There are lots of birds to be heard chattering in the trees and the continuous running of the many brooks and streams make it a tranquil setting. There is limited parking at the entrance.

Published by mairead collett

Living the rural Life in Donegal, raising children and writing about my local area.

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