Muckish - Lub Loch Achair

County Donegal
3 reviews
Grade Moderate
Length 8.3 km
Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Format Loop
Ascent 120 m
Dogs Allowed No
Waymarking Purple arrow on white background
Start Point
At crossroads between minor road and tracks at Carrownamaddy
Finish Point
At crossroads between minor road and tracks at Carrownamaddy
Nearest Town to Start Creeslough
Grid Ref. C 009 309
Lat. and Long. 55.1259, -7.985723

This trail follows quiet road, bog track, farm track, open ground, gravel and grass contained within a wild mountain landscape with points of interest and an information board detailing its use as a working railway. Views are varied, overlooking Loch Achair, sea, forest, coastline and mountain.

Maps and other information

Trail Management

Gerard Duffy, Muckish Development Group
Tel: 087-6109331
Cornelius Mc Mullan, Swillybrin, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal
Tel: 086 8064495
Inga Bock, Rural Recreation Officer, Donegal Local Development Co Ltd, Bluestack Centre, Drimarone, Letterbarrow, Co Donegal.
Tel: 074-9744937


In Creeslough: shops, pubs, restaurants, take-away
At trailhead: Car parking

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheet 2
Public Transportation

Public Transportation


3 trail reviews
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Frances from Sligo

If you want to feel a part of the true and timeless Donegal landscape, this trail is for you! I cycled the old railway line from Fiddler's bridge to the foot of Muckish - with ease. Highly recommended as an easy cycle through a beautiful wild landscape that includes streams, peatlands and the scenic Lough Achair. You will also wonder at the feat of work it took to build the railway line. Suitable for cycling or walking on your own or with family and friends. There's a very smooth tarmac stretch for 2km ( accessed via Foot of Muckish trailhead) - go from there if you have a wheelchair or buggy. It will take you as far as the lake.

Louise Ozbay from Donegal

Fabulous, picturesque especially the beginning frilled with fluffy ferns around the mound of man made railway line. It’s magical how the human handwork has blended with the natural lay of the land. I love this walk have crossed it many times. Poetry In motion, I feel blessed to live near here.

Paul from Derry

Pleasant walk offering a few options with a combination of short looped tracks through bogland & heather offering great views of Muckish Mountain & the vast expanse of bogland in the shadow of this iconic mountain.

Walking is largely on level rough surfaced tracks with some sections of rougher bog paths which could be wet at times,Much of the walk is along the old track path of the historic Burtonport rail line passing alongside Lough Achair and offering distant views of coastline and Atlantic.

Walk is short but provides a good atmospheric flavour of the vast walking potential of this area.

Walk is adequately signposted - best in dry conditions and suitable for whole family.

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