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Walking & Hiking in Donegal


Pull on a pair of walking boots, point yourself in any direction you like and feel the wilderness speak to you. The walking experience in County Donegal is second to none. From our Waymarked Ways, National Looped Walks, Coastal Paths and Island Loops, County Donegal is a walkers mecca!

Buncrana Slí


The Shorefront Slí na Sláinte is a 1km linear walk starting at the carpark opposite Buncrana Leisure Centre on Buncrana’s shorefront and following the coastline along Lough Swilly.

Swan Park Slí na Sláinte is a 2km looped walk starting from the carpark at the Old Pier by the Wolfe Tone Memorial across the historic six-arched Crana Bridge, turn right at the gates of Buncrana Castle and past O’Doherty’s Keep along the beautiful wooded riverside pathway to the white gateposts at Westbrook Bridge. Cross the bridge, turn right and follow Cockhill Road to the junction with Castle Park/Castle Avenue to return to the Old Pier.

Buncrana Town Slí na Sláinte is a 3.6km looped walk starting at the Shore Front carpark opposite Buncrana Leisure Centre. Follow the coastline to Buncrana Youth Club and turn right onto Castle Avenue towards the town’s Main Street. At the cinema, turn right and follow St Marys Road to the junction with St Oran’s Road. Turn left, then right onto Millbrae, then right across the bridge onto Looking Glass Brae. At the Fire Station by the roundabout, turn right and continue past the Inishowen Gateway Hotel and Tourist Information Office, across the bridge and turn left onto Aileach Rd to Finish at the Shore Front Carpark.

Looped Trail

Length: 3.6km Time: 30mins

Nearest Town: Buncrana

Slí na Sláinte Walking Routes

All of the above walks can be interlinked to create a walking route of 6.6km

The Irish Heart Foundation.

The Irish Heart Foundation is the national charity fighting heart disease and stroke. We support, educate and train people to save lives, campaign for patients, promote positive health, support research and provide vital public information. We need your support, through donations, as a volunteer or on our raining courses.

Slí na Sláinte

Slí na Sláinte stands for ‘path to health’. Developed by the Irish Heart Foundation — the national heart and stroke charity — it’s a sociable way to make walking far more enjoyable. Already, it’s capturing the attention of young and old, not only in Ireland but in Europe and other parts of the world too! And no wonder, because it’s a fun, healthy way for the average adult to accumulate the recommended minimum of thirty minutes of physical activity five days of the week. You’ll find Slí na Sláinte walking routes all over Ireland. They are marked by bright colourful signposts which are not numbered and are situated at

1km intervals. Simply follow the km signs, set your pace to suit your enjoyment and you’ll quickly feel better and get fitter. You will also experience a great sense of achievement.


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