Slí An Earagail - Sli Dhun na nGall

Walking
County Donegal
2 reviews
Grade Easy
Length 77 km
Format Loop
Waymarking Yellow arrow on black background
Start Point
Dunlewy
Finish Point
Dunlewy
Nearest Town to Start Bunbeg
Grid Ref. B 923 198
Lat. and Long. 55.02554, -8.12041

Slí an Earagail is a section of the 280km Slí Dhún na nGall that covers a Gaeltacht area of west County Donegal: in Gaeltacht areas Gaelic is the primary language. The circular, relatively flat route is named after Errigal mountain (751m), which rises to the east and whose pyramidic, grey-streaked quartzite cone is a presence frequently visible along the route, even from the coastal stretches. It is a richly varied route through landscapes that represent the best in Donegal scenery, including a promenade through moorland just under Errigal, spectacular island-scattered Atlantic sea coast and stretches beside two beautiful lakes, Lough Nacung and Lough Dunlewy. The terrain consists of coastal paths (some rough), forestry tracks, bog roads and mainly quiet public roads. Total aggregate ascent over the entire route is 720m. There are plenty of accommodation options along the route, including the towns of Falcarragh, Derrybeg, Bunbeg and Gweedore, from which there is a 4.5 km connection to another of the Donegal walks, Sli na Rosann, by way of a link that is partly on a busy road. There are in addition two island ‘spurs’ that are well worth including – one on the rugged and rocky, legend-rich island of Tory, and the other on the tiny green island of Gola. Both islands are accessible by ferry during the summer months.

Facilities

Car parking
At Start - in Visitor Centre car park at Dunlewy
At End - in Visitor Centre car park in Dunlewy

Map Guides

Map Guides

Bealach na Gaeltachta Sli Dhun na Gall Sli an Earagail - Udaras na Gaeltachta

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheet 1
02/25/2013

Kathleen from Donegal

Parts of this walk are breathtaking! You walk under the belly of Errigal and when you hit the coast Tory Island dominates the landscape. The dumping that Hazel refers to is evident and all the more tragic because of the stunning environment it destroys.
09/30/2012

Hazel from Donegal

Walked part of this trail recently from Bunaninver in a westerly direction. Was absolutely horrified by the number of litter dumps by the side of the trail. Counted at least 5 over a 2 to 3 mile stretch before I and my companions decided to quit the trail. We didnt go there to see that. Something needs to be done to clean up the trail as a matter of urgency or else this section should be closed.

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