Guided Hill Walks
Below are samples of some walks 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 Donegal Language School.
SLIEVE LEAGUE (County Donegal)
The sea cliffs of Slieve League brood over the South Donegal Coast and are a dramatic sight. The walk starts at Bunglass 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 MacBricks Church along the pilgrim’s path pass the holy well and back to base.
Length of walk 10 km time 4 – 6 hours.
BENBULBEN PLATEAU (County Sligo)
Benbulben, the fearsome and famous landmark of Sligo immortalised by Ireland’s foremost poet William Butler Yates, with the lines “Under bare Benbulben’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.
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
The Blue Cliffs of Arroo (County Leitrim)
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 8 km, Time 4 – 5 hours
QUEEN MEABHS GRAVE (Sligo)
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 5 km, Time 2 hours,