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Bluestack Way
Donegal Town, Co. Donegal
Free to visit
Walk the breathtaking Bluestack Way to truly embrace the wilds of stunning County Donegal. Unfolding across the Bluestack Mountains, this 65km trail delivers incredible views across the North West.

Connecting Donegal Town with the west coast village of Ardara, The Bluestack Way is a linear three-day trail that reveals all the sweeping scenery the Wild Atlantic Way is known for.

Consisting mainly of bog roads, open and often wet moorland, 21km of the total 65km are on quiet local roads.

This moderate route passes placid Lough Eske before extending across the gentle foothills of the Bluestack Mountains. The mountains are actually a range of low rounded hills making the ascent over this trail 1,230m.

West of the townland Disert, between Binbane and Cloghmeen Hill, expect some rougher, remote high moorlands - the trail’s only significant climbs. Things then even out on the descent along the scenic Owenroe River.

After isolated bogland at Meenawannia, the enjoyable Glenties stretch treats walkers to idyllic riverside scenery en route to Ardara.

In Glenties and Ardara you’ll find plenty of places to satisfy hearty appetites.

Trail details
Linear trail
Moderate trail
Estimated time
3 days
Why we like it
  • The shores and woodland around tranquil Lough Eske are a special area of conservation known for salmon, freshwater pearl mussel, petrifying springs, Oak and Fern.
Contact details
The Diamond, Donegal, Donegal, Co. Donegal, Ireland
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