Cedars Donegal Residential
30 April to 04 May 2018

When packing your sun glasses and sun cream remember also to
bring your bus passes and EHICs (European Health Insurance Cards).

Monday

Note: times are based upon leaving Lurgan at 9:30am - please adjust based on your start point.

Take M1 to Dungannon and proceed on to A4 (continuation of the motorway). At the Ballygawley roundabouts and follow signs for A5 Omagh and Londonderry (third exit at first roundabout and first exit at the second). Continue north on the A5 bypassing Omagh. About four miles outside Omagh you will pass the Ulster American Folk Park on your right and approximately one mile after this you will arrive at the Mellon Country Inn on your left. Stop here for tea/coffee and scones.

Mellon Country Inn 134 Beltany Rd Omagh BT78 5RA.   Tel.: 028 8166 1224

54.2 miles from Jethro Centre - 1 hr. 07 mins.

After coffee and comfort stop rejoin the A5 and head north and after 9 miles, having passed Victoria Bridge, take a left turn on to B165 Bellspark Road signed Glebe and Clady. Follow this road for 3.5 miles into Clady and in the village take a left onto the Urney Road and follow this to junction with the N15 - turn left and follow the N15 through Castlefinn and Stranorlar to Barnesmore Gap.

Biddy O'Barnes Pub   T: +353 74 972 2647   E:hello@biddysobarnes.com

33 miles from Mellon Country Inn - 51 mins.

Leaving Barnesmore Gap continue south west on N15 towards Donegal. As you approach Donegal you will come to a large roundabout - take the third exit on to the N56 Killybegs Road (the Mill Park Hotel should be signed from here). After 1.5 miles you will come to a second roundabout; as you approach this the Mill Park Hotel is on your right. At the roundabout take the third exit and after 126 metres take right and follow the sweeping driveway into the Mill Park Hotel car park.

PLEASE NOTE: We will try to provide a range of two or three walks each day to suit most tastes. This is a draft programme and is subject to change based on weather etc.

Tuesday

Glencolmkille (Gleann Cholm Cille)

14Km walk

There will be a choice of loop walks:

  1. the 10Km Glencolmkille Tower Loop. Tower Loop walk from the trailhead at Ionad Siúil follow the blue (and red) arrows onto a minor road with signposts for Tobar Cholmcille

    • A-B. From the trailhead at Ionad Siúil follow the blue (and red) arrows onto a minor road with signposts for Tobar Cholmcille. The red arrows are for the longer Lúb na Droma. After 100m turn left at a T-junction and after another 400m turn left at a 3-way junction. Continue to follow the blue and red arrows as the loop takes you away from the village in the direction of Beefan Mountain. After approx 2km the loops leave surfaced roadways and join a stony mountain road at a metal gate. It is a short detour here for Tobar Cholmcille (St Columba’s Well) - the loop continues straight and uphill.
    • B-C. Continue to follow the blue and red arrows as the mountain road ascends. After approx 2km you reach a point where you have a chance to take a spur (left) to the Túr (a Signal Tower). The trip will add about 40mins to your walk - but is well worth it for the spectacular views. The loops continue to follow (sometimes faint) mountain roads across a summit and then descend to reach a surfaced roadway. Here the Lúb na Droma (red arrows) turns left and uphill - you turn right and downhill.
    • C-A. Now follow the blue arrows downhill for 1km to reach a metal gate. Continue straight ahead and downhill here - and note that the red loop has rejoined from your left. Continue to follow the blue and red arrows as the loops descend via minor roads to return to the trailhead.
  2. the 14Km Glencolmkille - Drum Loop.

Wednesday

Slieve League (Sliabh Liag) - a variety of walks up to and including (optionally) a walk along the top of the highest cliffs in Europe. Click HERE to view map.

Thursday

Lough Eske Nature Loop Trail - a 5.6 kilometer loop trail located near Donegal, Donegal, Ireland that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

  • DISTANCE: 5.6 km
  • ELEVATION GAIN: 172 m
  • ROUTE TYPE: Loop

At the foot of the Bluestack mountains, discover the abundance of flora, fauna, and history around the lough.

Starting off at Lough Eske Castle by the banks of Lough Eske and at the base of the magnificent Bluestack mountains, this leisurely nature guide meanders by the shore before rising gently to give you a panoramic view of the area right across to county Tyrone. Some of the treats you can expect to find on your short jaunt are the (possible) sighting of golden eagles, Californian redwoods, red deer, blue hare, and every sort of flora from marsh marigolds to cuckoo flowers, meadowsweet to umbellifers. You're in a place of immense beauty and fresh air where lichen grows freely as it does where air is truly fresh and where everyone from Fionn McCumhail to friars, gentry to bandits have visited and savored.

Friday (return home)

Lough Derg and return home through Pettigo