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Bluestack Way

Trail Overview Details

Grade: Moderate
Format: Linear
Trail Quality: **
County: Donegal
Category: Walking/Hiking Trails
Type: National Waymarked Trail
Length (Kms): 65.00
Climb (m): 1230
Estimated time: 3 days
Start point: Donegal Town
Start point grid ref: G 929 784
End point: Ardara
End point grid ref: G 736 908
Nearest town to start: Donegal Town
Ordnance survey map: OSI Discovery Series Sheets 10 and 11
Dogs Allowed: No
Facilities: Parking
At Start - large car park near Tourist Office in Donegal
At End - on street in Ardara
Public transport: At Start: Extensive bus services – Check withBus Eireann.
At End: Limited bus service Check withBus Eireann.
Map guide available: The Bluestack Way – Bluestack Environmental Group - available from The Four Masters Bookshop, Donegal Town


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Description of Trail

The Bluestack Way is a 65km route through a true wilderness area of County Donegal in the north west of Ireland with great views as it traverses the Bluestack Mountains, a range of low rounded hills. It connects Donegal town with the town of Ardara on the west coast. Along the way the route passes by scenic Lough Eske, and then wends its way across the foothills of the Bluestacks to reach an area called Disert, where there is an ancient mountain graveyard. West of Disert the route goes over rough and remote high moorland terrain between Binbane and Cloghmeen Hill before descending along the Owenroe river to reach a bog road. This is followed across isolated bogland at Meenawannia to reach Glenties. From Glenties an enjoyable stretch which includes a very pleasant riverside walk along the Owenea river takes the route to the town of Ardara. Overnight accommodation options in the populated areas are very good. The terrain of the route consists generally of bog roads, open and often wet moorland, and mainly quiet tarmac public roads. In wet or otherwise unsuitable weather it is possible to avoid the open moorland stretch west of Disert by taking an alternative route to Glenties. The aggregate ascent over the route is 1430m, but other than the stretch up onto the pass between Binbane and Cloghmeen Hill, there are no significant climbs.

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21 kms or 31% of the Way follows local roads.
***Do not bring dogs on any section of Way which crosses private farmland***

Trail management organisation contact details

Bluestack Way Committee,c/o Donal Haughey, Monargan, Ardara, Co.Donegal, Email: dhaughey@eircom.net

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