Family Walks Donegal

Ards Forest Park

Family walks are a great way to get out with the kids and there are many beautiful places to walk around Donegal from wooded trails to parks, so you are sure to find something to suit you. Here are some of my family’s favourite walks in Donegal:

coillte-ardsforestArds Forest Park

Located approx 5km north of Cresslough on the N56. Located midway between Creeslough and Dunfanaghy.

Ample parking, with 150 spaces. Car Park open from 9am-7pm and costs €5 per car.

There are public toilets, picnic sites, playground, barbecue,walking trails, view points, waymarked trails, historic buildings


This is a trail is close to the village of Killmacrenan. N56 from Killmacrenan to Letterkenny, approx 1km from the village. 10 carpark spaces. Walking trails with viewpoints.

Bonny Glen Wood

Located approx 11km northwest of Glenties, has 20 carparking spaces. Features include; view points, walking trails, picnic site.


This path follows the shoreline of Lough Swilly between Buncrana and Stragill Strand and is a pleasant and easily accessible walk. The sea views across Lough Swilly are particularly impressive. Approx. 2.3kms (one way)

Clonmany Glenevin Waterfall

This is a relatively short walk, approx 2kms (return) and is well signposted with gravel paths, picnic areas and a stunning waterfall.


Located on the banks of the River Finn adjacent to Stranorlar. Approx 15 carpark spaces. Features walking trails with view points.


1km from Ramelton. Features include walking trails, view points, waymark trails and picnic site.

Fort Dunree

There are a series of signposted footpaths at Dunree Point, with amazing views of the Atlantic – you may get to see dolphins!

Greencastle (Stroove)

This Inishowen Head Loop walk is about 5km and is a moderate walk for the more experienced walker through laneways and bog roads.


5km from Milford. We like heading for a walk here, there’s also a picnic area and boat launch.

Article written by Kate, mum of 3, from Donegal.

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