Opposite the Bank of Ireland on the Diamond, you'll see a sign that marks the starting point of arguably the finest walk in the north ... more »west of Ireland. No doubt you'll have studied the route of the Trail already - and we do recommend from the off that you take Ordinance Survey Maps 10 and 11 with you! Savour the charm of the Diamond, a place that has been the site of many great moments in the life of the area, most recently it was where 20,000 rain-soaked, but proud supporters, waited patiently to welcome back the victorious All Ireland senior football players from Croke Park in September 2012.
Donegal Town is a great place to spend a few days and we have also designed a sister guide on EveryTrail called the Donegal Town Guides that will let you have everything you'll need to enjoy your time here.
We'll be making our way out to Lough Eske along the eponymous river and in sight of the Bluestacks. We'll be telling you stories along the way about this mountain range. This first stage is the shortest as we recommend you spend some time in Lough Eske at the end of Part One. The ever colourful writer John M. Feehan described Lough Eske as 'a place for lovers or honeymoon couples whose vistas are still undimmed by the realities of living. Almost at every turn one meets scenery of unearthly beauty and little secret places where one can rest, relax and experience an awakening of the soul to boundless joy'. As such, there's no hurry and a walk around the lough, in Ardnamona Woods, up Banagher Hill or over to Barnesmore will be time well spent. less «