Taking two days to complete, Slí na Finne showcases just what County Donegal is renowned for, its wilderness, mountains, glens, rivers, and lakes.
A moderate loop, the terrain consists of forestry tracks and firebreaks, riverside, field and moorland paths, quiet roads and part of a disused railway track. Walkers should expect the off-road sections to be very wet and boggy.
Although this route takes in the villages of Fintown, Brockagh and Comeen, overnight accommodation is not abundant so walkers should plan the trail accordingly.
The total aggregate ascent over the whole route is just over 1,000 metres. On the sections away from the villages and roads, walkers will feel truly immersed in the landscape and enveloped by the area’s raw natural beauty.
- This route edges by Lough Finn, a lake steeped in legends of mythological hero, Fionn Mac Cumhaill, and the River Finn, one of the best salmon rivers in Europe.
- Along the trail you may spot some wild deer, herds of these beautiful creatures call nearby Glenveagh National Park their home.
- For walkers looking to take on a little more, there is a 22km link from Slí na Finne via the village of Doochary to another walking route, Slí na Rosann. This one has an aggregate ascent of 550m and covers side roads, forest, bog roads and open moorland.