Description of Trail
Slí na Finne is a 42 km long circular section of the 280km Slí Dhún na nGall that loops through the mountains of central Donegal touching on Lough Finn, a lake steeped in legends of the superhero, Finn Mc Cumhaill, and the River Finn, one of the best salmon rivers in Europe. It is a route that takes in the villages of Fintown, Brockagh and Comeen and what County Donegal is best for, its wilderness, mountains, glens, rivers, and lakes. Terrain consists of forestry tracks and firebreaks, riverside, field and moorland paths, quiet roads and part of a disused railway track: you can expect the off-road sections to be very wet and boggy. Over the whole route there is an accumulated 980 metres of ascent. On the sections away from the villages and roads there is a tangible sense of remoteness, where you may encounter deer ranging out from the National Park at Glenveigh. The total aggregate ascent over the whole route is just over 1,000 metres. Overnight accommodation is not abundant, and so the traverse of the route should be carefully planned. There is a 22 km link from the route via the village of Doochary to another of the Donegal walking routes, Slí na Rosann, with an aggregate ascent of 550 metres: the link is on side roads, forest and bog roads and open moorland, which is often very wet.