Cedars Donegal Residential
30 April to 04 May 2018

When packing your sun glasses and sun cream remember also to
bring your bus passes and EHICs (European Health Insurance Cards).

Monday

Note: times are based upon leaving Lurgan at 9:30am - please adjust based on your start point.

Take M1 to Dungannon and proceed on to A4 (continuation of the motorway). At the Ballygawley roundabouts and follow signs for A5 Omagh and Londonderry (third exit at first roundabout and first exit at the second). Continue north on the A5 bypassing Omagh. About four miles outside Omagh you will pass the Ulster American Folk Park on your right and approximately one mile after this you should arrive at the Mellon Country Inn on your left at 10:37am. Stop here for tea/coffee and scones.

Mellon Country Inn 134 Beltany Rd Omagh BT78 5RA.   Tel.: 028 8166 1224

54.2 miles from Jethro Centre - 1 hr. 07 mins.

After coffee and comfort stop rejoin the A5 at 11:10am and head north. After 9 miles, having passed Victoria Bridge, take a left turn on to B165 Bellspark Road signed Glebe and Clady. Follow this road for 3.5 miles into Clady and in the village take a left onto the Urney Road and follow this to junction with the N15 - turn left and follow the N15 through Castlefinn and Stranorlar to Barnesmore Gap for 12:01pm. We will stop at Biddys, Barnsmore Gap for lakeside walk 7km approx. and around two hours. Sunny intervals, 10 degrees C and breezy so come dressed appropriately. We will be stopping en route for packed lunch (bring your own).

Biddy O'Barnes Pub   T: +353 74 972 2647   E:hello@biddysobarnes.com

33 miles from Mellon Country Inn - 51 mins.

Leaving Barnesmore Gap continue south west on N15 towards Donegal. As you approach Donegal you will come to a large roundabout - take the third exit on to the N56 Killybegs Road (the Mill Park Hotel should be signed from here). After 1.5 miles you will come to a second roundabout; as you approach this the Mill Park Hotel is on your right. At the roundabout take the third exit and after 126 metres take right and follow the sweeping driveway into the Mill Park Hotel car park.

Mill Park Hotel, Donegal

Please don't book in until after 4:00pm as rooms won't be ready until then.

The following is a longlist of walks, some or more of which we hope to provide at Donegal. They are designed to suit all tastes and are arranged in no particular order as decisions on walks offered will be based on weather and wishes of group members. The routes shown and starting points may change so please listen to leaders' instructions at briefing sessions. We plan to provide at least two different walks each day.

Mike will be leading two walks:


Croaghconnellagh and the Barnes River.

Getting to the start: The walk starts and finishes at a parking area along the N15 between Donegal town and Ballybofey approximately 10 miles from the hotel.

There may be 2 walks available subject to availability of leaders:

The short route:

Start Point: H 043 873
OSi map: 11
Distance: 6.5Km / 4 miles
Climb: 380m
Estimated time: 3-4 hours
Route type: Loop
Designation: Hard

The long route:

OSi map: 11

Distance: 9.6Km / 6 miles
Climb: 700m
Estimated time: 5-6 hours
Route type: Loop
Designation: Difficult

Click on the image (right) to get an enlarged map of the walks.



Sruell Valley Circuit

Getting to the start: The route starts and finishes at a small stone bridge over the Sruell River at the s-w end of the Sruell Valley.

The Walk: A mountain circuit which takes in 2 summits, numerous high loughs and a river valley with a spectacular waterfall.

The walk is 5.5 miles long,with an ascent of 570 m. 4.5 hours of walking.

Start point: G 919 887
OSi map: 11
Distance: 8.8Km / 5 miles
Climb: 570m
Estimated time: 4.5 hours
Route type: Loop

Click on the image (right) to get an enlarged map of the walk.






Creevy Coastal Walk

This purpose built shore path extends from Rossnowlagh, through Creevy and on to the mouth of the Erne Estuary at Ballyshannon. Along the walk you will find the ruins of Kilbarron Castle, home of Michael O'Cleary (b. 1580), chief of the Four Masters, a group of Franciscan lay brothers who penned the Annals of the Four Masters. Fence crossings along the route are by stile rather than gates.

Start point: G 865 670
OSi map: 11 and 16
Distance: 10Km / 6.2 miles
Climb: 50m
Estimated time: 3.5 hours
Route type: Linear on prepared path with two possible pickup points in mid walk
Designation: Moderate due to its length and exposure. The ground can be slippery in wet weather.


Glencolmkille - a choice of walks


Glencolmkille - 10Km Tower loop

From the trailhead at Ionad Siúil follow the blue (and red) arrows onto a minor road with signposts for Tobar Cholmcille. The red arrows are for the longer Lúb na Droma. After 100m turn left at a T-junction and after another 400m turn left at a 3-way junction. Continue to follow the blue and red arrows as the loop takes you away from the village in the direction of Beefan Mountain. After approx 2km the loops join a stony mountain road at a metal gate. It is a short detour here for Tobar Cholmcille (St Columba's Well) - the loop continues straight and uphill.

Continue to follow the blue and red arrows as the mountain road ascends. After approx 2km you reach a point where you can take a spur (left) to the Túr (a Signal Tower) - adding about 40mins to your walk but well worth it for the spectacular views. The loops continue to follow mountain roads across a summit and then descend to reach a surfaced roadway. Here the Lúb na Droma (red arrows) turns left and uphill - for the 10Km walk turn right and downhill.

Now follow the blue arrows downhill for 1km to reach a metal gate. Continue straight ahead and note that the red loop has rejoined from your left. Continue to follow the blue and red arrows as the loops descend via minor roads to return to the trailhead.

Start point: Grid reference G 535 849
OSi map: 10
Distance: 10.0Km / 6.3 miles
Climb: 330m
Estimated time: 3.5 hours
Route type: Loop on minor roads, boreens, mountain paths and tracks
Designation: Moderate

Glencolmkille - 14Km Drum loop

Glencolmkille (Gleann Cholm Cille) 14Km walk. rich with megalithic tombs, standing stones and cairns. Drum Loop or Lúb na Droma extends Tower Loop and also starts and finishes at St Columba's Church in the village - directions as above. The route shown right fits on the north-east side of Tower Loop to form a figure of eight.

Start point: Grid reference G 535 849
OSi map: 10
Distance: 14.0Km / 8.8 miles
Climb: 440m
Estimated time: 5.5 hours
Route type: Loop on minor roads, boreens, mountain paths and tracks
Designation: Hard





Slieve League

Slieve League (Sliabh Liag) - a variety of walks may be offered up to and including (optionally) a walk along the top of the highest cliffs in Europe. This is one of the easier (shorter) walks. Click HERE to view route of an alternative Sliabh Liag View Walk.

Pilgrim Path

Start point: G 574 773
OSi map: 10
Distance: 5.6Km / 3.5 miles
Climb: 425m
Estimated time: 3 hours
Route type: Linear on boreens and rough mountain tracks
Designation: medium



Lough Eske Nature Loop Trail

Lough Eske Nature Loop Trail - a 5.6 kilometre loop trail located near Donegal. The trail is good for all skill levels.

Start point: G960 830
OSi map: 11
Distance: 5.6Km / 3.5 miles
Climb: 50m
Estimated time: 2 hours
Route type: Loop
Designation: Easy

At the foot of the Bluestack mountains, discover the abundance of flora, fauna, and history around the lough.

Starting off at Lough Eske Castle by the banks of Lough Eske and at the base of the magnificent Bluestack mountains, this leisurely nature trail meanders by the shore before rising gently to give you a panoramic view of the area right across to county Tyrone. Some of the treats you can expect to find are the (possible) sighting of golden eagles, Californian redwoods, red deer, blue hare, and every sort of flora from marsh marigolds to cuckoo flowers, meadowsweet to umbellifers. You're in a place of immense beauty and fresh air where lichen grows freely as it does where air is truly fresh and where everyone from Fionn McCumhail to friars, gentry to bandits have visited and savored.

Friday (return home)

Walks at Lough Derg and return home through Pettigo

Start Point: H 091 732 - Basilica Visitor Centre car park
OSi map: 11
Distance: 9.0Km / 5.6 miles (max)
Climb: 10m
Estimated time: 2.5 hours
Route type: Loop on tracks and paths
Designation: Easy