Walking Hiking

Donegal Bluestack Way – 5 Days

Donegal Bluestack Way – 5 Day – Self-Guided Walking Holiday

The Donegal Bluestack Way independent walking tour is an 118 km route through the remotest areas of County Donegal in the north-west of Ireland. From this, we are offering you a short break where you walk a distance of 65 Km, from Donegal Town to the quaint village of Ardara.

Along the route, you will experience the wild and raw nature of the Donegal countryside as you hike across the Bluestack Mountains which are a group of rolling, gentle hills. Starting in the town of Donegal, you will experience scenic Lough Eske, ancient Glencolmcille, stunning coastal cliffs with all its myriad of bird and plant life, following a riverside route to eventually reaching Ardara.

Tour Pricing & Dates

5 Day Tour €495 per person sharing
Single Supplement +€100
Tour Dates March to October
Tour Grade Easy to Moderate
Accommodation Guesthouse 
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Itinerary

Day 1 / Donegal Town
Take public transport from Dublin to Donegal Town where you will spend you next two nights. Public transport takes approximately 3 hours 30 Overnight Donegal Town
Day 2 / Owenboy to Donegal Town
Your tour of the Donegal and Bluestack Way starts with a taxi transfer to the townland of Owenboy. The trail takes you back across the foothills of Banagher to cross the River Eglish and along by the beautiful shores of Lough Eske, finishing back in Donegal Town. Distance: 19.2 Km; Ascent: 477 m. Approximate walking time; 5 to 6 hours
Day 3 / Owenboy to the village of Glenties
The trail takes you along an old bog road and through farmland that takes you on a beautiful section across the foothills of the Bluestacks Mountains to finish your day in the village of Glenties. Distance: 21.6 Km, Ascent 624 m, Descent: 708, approximate walking time, 6 to 7 hours
Day 4 / Glenties to Ardara
From the village of Glenties, you follow along quiet back roads to arrive at the banks of the Owentocker River. Following the bank of the river, this meandering walk brings you into the village of Ardara. Ardara is a designated Heritage Town and also a well-known centre for the manufacture of Donegal homespun tweeds Distance: 12. 31 Km; Ascent 132 m, approximate walking time; 3 to 4 hours
Day 5 / Depart
Depart for home

Included

  • 4 nights B&B
  • All accommodation is pre-booked in approved family-run guesthouses with all rooms en-suite
  • Breakfast is supplied each day
  • Maps and waterproof route notes, both trails have been walked and checked by Christopher from Footfalls
  • Luggage Transfers daily while you walk with a small day pack
  • All information on trains or buses needed to get to your first accommodation and back at the end of the tour
  • Full back up service should you require it while on our tour.

Not Included

  • Transfers from point of arrival to start of tour in Donegal Town and from end of tour in Ardara
  • Packed lunches
  • Evening meals

Testimonials

  • Dear Christopher, thank you for another wonderful vacation! I really enjoyed seeing another area of your beautiful country. Thank you for leading us on some amazing hikes, and for taking care of everything while we were here. It was a very relaxing week, and we’re going home renewed and rejuvenated. Until we meet again!

    Nicole
  • Christopher, as the official Irish Tourism Board’s representative, it gladdens me to award you the Golden Shamrock, our top tourism award. That last part was bullshit. I had an amazing experience and I am so glad that I got to see Ireland’s most intimate spots. Thank you for a wonderful trip and all of your knowledge and humour. Looking forward to doing another trip together!

    Adam
  • Christopher, thank you for a second tour through your beautiful Ireland. It was another amazing experience of hiking and food and laughter. What a wonderful week and I can’t wait to return soon for another Footfalls tour. Thank you for everything!

    Erin
  • Dear Christopher, thank you so much for another beautiful journey in your Ireland. We loved our first walking holidays with you, so much that we couldn’t wait to do it again! And this second time in Connemara and the Burren Way didn’t disappoint. You make each trip so special with your warmth, quick wit and what I like to think of your Irish spirit. Thank you for another week of memories that I will always treasure, for your friendship and coring.

    Radha
  • Christopher, that was the best! We enjoyed every minute of our adventure in Ireland. You are an awesome tour guide. Thanks so much for a great trip. We really enjoyed ourselves and hope to return soon. We will return!

    Barbara and Michael