Walks in the Glencolmcille Area of Donegal, Ireland:Unforgettable!
The Sliabh Liag (Slieve League) Peninsula, with its unique mix of breathtaking coastal scenery, rugged hills and stone-age archaeology is one of the most interesting walking areas in Europe. click here, or on any photo for slides of Donegal images.
Highlights include the walk North, over the hills, past the Napoleonic watchtower to Port, a deserted village on the edge of the wild Atlantic Ocean. The cliff scenery on the return route is unforgettable. Part of this route (The Tower Walk) is one of a number of Loop walks that are promoted by Tourism Ireland as being of special interest and attraction.
The walk South to Glen Malin provides the opportunity to visit a 5,000 year old court tomb with mysterious, stone age, spiral carvings and 4,000 year old portal dolmens. Not surprisingly, this beautiful area has attracted numerous artists and writers over the years, and the coastal walk to Gleann Lách passes the ruined cottage where Dylan Thomas stayed in 1935.
This remote glen, only accessible on foot, was also the home in 1926 of American artist Rockwell Kent and he completed some of his most recognisable works here.
The peninsula is still rich in wildlife, and the Ros Eoin coastal walk (called Rossan Point on the national weather forecast) gives the opportunity to see sea otters, seals, dolphins, Irish hares, foxes, choughs and a host of sea birds including oyster catchers and tern.
The seven beautiful lakes on Cruach a’Chuillin are one of the area’s many hidden treasures and it is rare to see anyone else on this atmospheric day–walk.
The three summits of Sliabh a’Tuaidh make a fine circular walk and provide outstanding views of the rugged Donegal coastline, all the way up to Aranmore Island and Bloody Foreland.
The highlight of the week’s walking is undoubtedly Sliabh Liag, which has the highest marine cliffs in Europe. In order to see this spectacular peak to its fullest extent, transport is arranged to Bunglas at the Eastern end of the hills and the group walk the entire length of the cliffs and ridge, via the summit, to the village of Malin Beg. This must rate as the most dramatic and beautiful walk in the whole of Ireland and people return again and again to Glencolmcille and Oideas Gael to enjoy it once more.
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