Map of Leghowney Loop Scenic Walk

A slow climb is rewarded with epic views of Donegal Bay & the Bluestack mountains.

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Leghowney Loop Scenic Walk
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Moderate: 4.3 miles, 1-3 hours
Other Information: Dog Friendly
 
Overview: The Leghowney Loop Scenic Walk starts off punishing you with little to see and a lot to climb, but perservere and you shall be richly rewarded. We have taken the shorter of the walks on this trail, but the more adventurous out there should take a left turn at Point 10 for a longer walk.

The starting point is Leghowney Community Hall which has car/coach parking for approximately 200 spaces. These walks have been recently developed by the hard working Leghowney community in co-operation of Coilte (Irish Forestry Service). Leaving the Community Hall, follow the signs with the swirling logo of the walk. The first stage leads you through a forest taking you upwards towards the mountain top. This is the hardest part of the climb and is not suitable for buggies or youngsters under 10. The pathway levels out and it is an easy stroll from there onwards. From the top, the views are stunning of the surrounding countryside - Donegal Bay, Bluestack Mountains, Lough Eske and Ben Bulben in Co Sligo are just some of the many landmarks for the walker to savour.

The shortest route takes approx 1.5 hours and the longer route 2-2.5 hours of a worthwhile walk. Coming off the mountain, you enter onto a quiet country lane for approx the last 1.5 km of the walk. For the more serious walker, by taking a right turn at the Meenadreen windmills at Point 7, it is possible to link up to the Ulster Way.

It is possible to avail of refreshments at the Community Hall with teas, coffee,soup etc available by prior notice. In the future the community group hope to have full meals available for coach parties etc. Toilet facilites and seperate changing areas are also available. Simply email the contact form on the Leghowney web site on the right hand column to arrange details.

Tips: This is an moderate walk requiring sound fitness and should take no more than an hour and a half, but allow more time to take in the wonderful flora and fauna of the area or if doing the extended walk. It is worth bringing a camera and binoculars for the upper part. Better still, make a day of it and bring a picnic to eat overlooking the valley.

On the second part of the walk after the wind farm, you are at on a public road so remember to walk towards traffic and if possible, wear a high visibility jacket. Move in if possible on seeing approaching traffic. Both children over 10 and dogs will be able to enjoy this walk, but due care is needed - use a leash for the dog on the main road section.

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Leghowney Community Hall
Parking
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Turn left for the forest
Junction
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Still climbing
Animals/Wildlife
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Higher ground
Mountain
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Towards the Turbines
Mountain
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Straness
Viewpoint
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Turn right at Turbines
Junction
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Along the stream
Water
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Farm life
Landmark
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T junction
Junction
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Scenic splendour
Viewpoint
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The valley below
Viewpoint
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Along the hedgerow
Viewpoint
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Turn right back for hall
Junction
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Community spirit
Information
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