Sunday 20 April 2014

Walk of the Week

Inishowen Head LooP, Co Donegal

Distance: 8k Ascent: 250m Estimated Time: 2-2.5hrs Grade: Moderate Trailhead: Inishowen, Stroove Terrain: Bog roads, laneways, rough tracks

Starting from the car park at Inishowen Head, follow the purple arrow downhill. Straight ahead of you is the prominent Stroove lighthouse. Pass a laneway on your right and reach a three-way junction with the R241 where you turn right.

Follow the R241 for approximately 500m to reach Carrowtrasna Road, where you turn right and begin the ascent on to the shoulder of Crocknasmug via laneways and bog roads.

Follow the laneways and bog roads for over 1k to reach a T-junction where you turn right, continuing to ascend.

After a further 1k, you reach the highest point of your walk on the shoulder of Crocknasmug.

Continue to follow the bog roads downhill and look ahead for the now disused farmstead of Johnny Glenanes perched on the side of Glenane Hill -- the only sign of inhabitation on this most remote section of your walk. Pass two junctions with laneways, both on your left.

The loop now sweeps right and takes you back towards the east coast of Inishowen Head. As you travel, you are treated to wonderful coastal scenery and a view over Portkill.

Along the final 500m back to the trailhead, there is another opportunity to view the wonderful scenery from a viewing point atop the cliffs.

Irish Independent

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