Slí Na Finne - Sli Dhun na nGall

County Donegal
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Grade Moderate
Length 51 km
Am 2 days
Format Loop
Ascent 1060 m
Waymarking Yellow arrow on black background
Start Point
Finish Point
Nearest Town to Start Fintown
Grid Ref. B 927 025
Lat. and Long. 54.87013, -8.11371

Slí na Finne is a 42 km long circular section of the 280km Slí Dhún na nGall that loops through the mountains of central Donegal touching on Lough Finn, a lake steeped in legends of the superhero, Finn Mc Cumhaill, and the River Finn, one of the best salmon rivers in Europe. It is a route that takes in the villages of Fintown, Brockagh and Comeen and what County Donegal is best for, its wilderness, mountains, glens, rivers, and lakes. Terrain consists of forestry tracks and firebreaks, riverside, field and moorland paths, quiet roads and part of a disused railway track: you can expect the off-road sections to be very wet and boggy. Over the whole route there is an accumulated 980 metres of ascent. On the sections away from the villages and roads there is a tangible sense of remoteness, where you may encounter deer ranging out from the National Park at Glenveigh. The total aggregate ascent over the whole route is just over 1,000 metres. Overnight accommodation is not abundant, and so the traverse of the route should be carefully planned. There is a 22 km link from the route via the village of Doochary to another of the Donegal walking routes, Slí na Rosann, with an aggregate ascent of 550 metres: the link is on side roads, forest and bog roads and open moorland, which is often very wet.


Car parking
At Start/Finish - on street in Fintown

Map Guides

Map Guides

Bealach na Gaeltachta Sli Dhun na Gall Sli na Finne - Udaras na Gaeltachta

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheets 1* (* ca 500m on forest track), 6 and 11

Ivor from Down

On Tuesday 20 June I did half of this route, i.e. Commeen to Fintown ‘clockwise’. [To fit in with overnight accommodation, I took a taxi from Stranorlar to Commeen, and got the McGeehan’s bus from Fintown to Glenties.] The weather turned out to be exceptionally good, so I saw this impressive landscape at its finest.

I was walking for seven hours altogether – it took me two full hours to cover the (mostly pathless) off-road section west of Croveenananta, between the Reelan River and the R253. (The terrain here is clumps of heather, and bog; after the initial ascent, the route goes up and down several times before eventually descending to the road.) The extensive views West and North compensated for the slow progress on this section.

Other highlights of this walk were the off-road section towards the Reelan River, and great views of Lough Muck and Lough Finn.

Way-marking is excellent throughout.

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