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Muckish - Lúb Loch Achair
Creeslough, Co. Donegal
Free to visit
Revel in County Donegal’s expanse of rugged landscapes, heathered mountain slopes and Wild Atlantic Way scenery on this easy 9km loop near the village of Creeslough.

A charming trail through rich bogland and abundant heather, the Muckish Lúb Loch Achair takes 2.5 hours to complete.

An easy route, this County Donegal loop ascends only 120m over a terrain of level surfaced track and rougher bog paths.

Largely following the old track path of the historic Burtonport rail line, the trail showcases beautiful views of Muckish Mountain, passes tranquil Lough Achair and even treats walkers to glimpses of distant Atlantic coastline.

Best enjoyed in dry conditions, the Muckish Lúb Loch Achair is suitable for the whole family.

The welcoming village of Creeslough is a great spot to stop and refresh in after this pleasant walking loop.

Trail details

Walking Trail
Muckish Loop Walks
Dogs allowed:
    Time:2 hours 30 minutes
    Nearest town start:Creeslough
    Nearest town finish:Creeslough
    Start point:At crossroads between minor road and tracks at Carrownamaddy
    Finish point:At crossroads between minor road and tracks at Carrownamaddy
    Waymarking:Purple arrow on white background
    Facilities:In Creeslough: shops, pubs, restaurants, take-away
    At trailhead: Car parking
Why we like it
  • You’ll easily spot flat-topped Muckish Mountain on this trail, it’s the third-highest peak in the Derryveagh Mountain range.
  • This trail boasts shoreline scenery too, skirting the placid edges of little Lough Achair.
  • This loop follows much of the old Burtonport to Letterkenny rail line which ran from 1903-1940.
  • A 15-minute drive from Creeslough, you’ll find one of Ireland’s six National Parks - Glenveagh. It boasts even more wild and wooded walking trails.
Contact details
Meenagolan, Carrownamaddy, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Leave no trace
  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Be considerate of others
  • Respect farm animals and wildlife
  • Travel and camp responsibly
  • Leave what you find
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Protect nature from fire
More to discover at this venue
Family funDoe Castle

Doe Castle is situated about 1 mile off the Carrigart to Creeslough Road. This MacSuibhne castle is protected on three sides by the sea, while on the landward side a moat has been hewn from the rock.

Nature and wildlifeLough Beagh

Lough Beagh is located in the heart of Glenveagh National Park in the northwest of County Donegal. It holds a good stock of small brown trout, occasional salmon and can hold a moderate stock of sea trout in August.

Nature and wildlifeErrigal

Head to the wild County Donegal, experience its rugged landscapes and see the incredible Errigal, one of Ireland's most breathtaking and most photographed mountains. Watch the striking peak of Errigal reflect on Dunlewy Lough on a clear day.

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