Day 1: Drive Dublin to Donegal Town. Our route sees us leaving the east coast at 12.00 noon for Donegal. We will stop many times on route to explore some of the towns that we pass through, have food etc. Driving time from Dublin to Donegal Town is approximately 3hr 45 min, depending on traffic and road conditions. After arriving at our accommodation and booking into our rooms we will go on a walk to explore the town.
Day 2: The Wild Wilderness of Slieve League. Distance: 14 km/8.75 miles. Ascent: 425 m/1275 ft. Our first walk takes us on a drive further west to the spectacular sea cliffs of Slieve League; the highest and one of the finest marine sea cliffs in Europe. The name Slieve League is derived from the Gaelic Sliabh Liag, which literally means Stone Mountain. Despite its name the mountain is covered in a blanket of peat and heather. Our walk takes us North West along the eastern side of the mountain; offering views to our right of a wonderful wilderness over a picturesque landscape, made up of rolling mountains, a patchwork of green fields, gentle streams and rivers. To our left we will have impressive views across the sea cliffs onto the wild Atlantic Ocean.
Day 3: Castle, lakes and mountains. Distance: 16 km/10 miles. Ascent: 650 m/1950 ft. We go North West today to climb Donegal’s highest peak Errigal (749Mtrs/2457Ft). A most impressive mountain and if the day is clear we will have some fantastic views from what is known as Irelands smallest summit! The trail takes a well-defined tourist track from the car park to the top and backs the same route. So you are under no obligation to take on the whole walk, you can go half way and return or sit down, relax and enjoy the views.
In the afternoon we will visit Glenveigh National Park and Glenveigh Castle and Gardens, which is sheltering at the foot of the Derryveagh Mountains. One of the most noticeable features of Glenveigh is its wilderness, with a sense of remoteness and solitude that it conveys. After visiting the castle and gardens we will walk deep into the glen, along by the banks of Loch Gleann, passing old ruined settlements, through native oak woodlands and streams to reach the summit of Kinnaveagh Mountain.
Day 4: Depart for home. After a hearty breakfast we will depart for Dublin, leaving Donegal Town at 10a.m.
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