Glencolmcille Walks, County Donegal

Glencolmcille Walks, County Donegal

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Glencolmcille is a hills walker’s paradise. The combination of the stunning landscape and sense of isolation make this one truly unique walking experience. The Irish Tourist Board (Board Faille) has designated two specific walking routes in the area as part of their National Walks Network and these are known as the Glencolumcille Loop. The two walks are called “Drum” and “Tower” loop and each share a starting point at Ionad Siúl.

Those who venture out on the loop walk will be brought to the Martell Watch Tower, up along the cliffs and to a deserted fishing village of Glenlough and on to Port. The eerie quite of this area is emphasized by the crash of the waves and the distant sea gulls.

Walkers can also veer up the 35km (21.7 miles) stretch of coastline between Slieve League and Slieve Tooey offer even more spectacular views.

Or for the more experience walker the trek across Slieve League serves up a challenge. Its summit is reached only by crossing the “One Man’s Pass”, but provides awe-inspiring views. At 1,972 ft, there are the highest cliffs in Europe and have to be seen to be believed.

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