Family walks are a super way to spend time with the kids, whether you are looking for a short stroll with a toddler or an adventure with an older child. There is no shortage of places to walk around Donegal, from wooded trails, to parks, beaches, riverside walks, hills or mountains, there is something to suit everyone. Here are 4 of our favourite family walks in Donegal. Make sure you remember to pack the snacks, drinks, camera and weather gear.
The most popular walk around the town is the Shore Path (Slí na Sláinte) which starts at The Green Moville, and extends as far as Greencastle. The path is not fully cemented all this way but the section from the town centre to Lafferty’s Lane is suitable for pushchair users.
This section is a 4.4km round trip and is a great way to keep fit! A notice board with details on the walk can be viewed at the south end of the town square.
#2. Rougey Walk
A circular walk taking in views of the Atlantic Ocean from Rougey and Bundoran. Start from Bundoran Tourist Office and follow the path along the promenade passing Waterworld and Bundoran’s Blue Flag Beach.
The walk continues on around the headland with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Bundoran’s Championship Golf Course on the other side. On reaching the far end of the walk follow the road back into town until you reach the junction with the main road.
At this point take a right and follow the path back along Bundoran’s Main Street towards the Tourist Office.
#3. Ballymacool Park Letterkenny
A 20 acre public park located on the outskirts of Letterkenny. The park has picnic and park benches located throughout. Visitors walk on asphalt and water bound pathways which are bounded by kerbing. There is a toilet block located close to the children’s playground. Bring a ball, the children can play basketball or soccer in the enclose hard court area.
#4. Bonny Glen Wood
Outside Glenties: this wood is now owned by Coillte (the Irish Forestry Company). The woodland is a beautiful and peaceful place where people can spend time walking the laid out paths or enjoying a picnic at one of the many picnic tables and benches scattered throughout the wood.
In the wood there are many different types of trees,under the trees the ground is covered with ivy, clover, heathers, furze, ferns and most specially, shamrocks. The wood is home to plenty of wildlife too including red deer, hares, badgers and many varieties of butterfly.
There are three lakes within the wood, Lough Namanlagh, Bonnyglen Lough and Killyayenna Lough. The latter is the one you can see from the car park upon arrival. There is a car park at the opening to the wood and then two signposted walks around the woods: the first being the shorter Namanlagh Lough Walk which is around 1km/under half a mile long and the second being the Bonny Glen Loop walk which is under 3km/2miles. The paths are easily walked but it might be as well to take waterproof/walking shoes incase it is muddy after rain.
We all know that Donegal is a fabulous county to walk in, these are just a few of my favourites, why don’t you tell me yours in the comments below?
Article written by Kate, mum of 3, from Donegal.