Find Your Wild Donegal Hiking and Biking

From: £40 to £180 (guided)

Here’s how to find your Wild in Donegal hiking and biking..

Our ‘Find Your Wild’ Donegal hiking and biking tours offer you 6 guided hiking and biking tours in Ireland’s most beautiful county. Immerse yourself for anything from 1-6 days outdoors in some dazzling places. Wander down laneways and trails, along hillsides and coastlines. Put your feet into a refreshing stream or lake at snack-time. And take to a bike when you want to speed it up a little.

The landscape of west Donegal is second to none. New visitors discover it every year. Every year, people come back to discover this most far-flung part of Ireland to taste a bit more. And yet the land manages to keep an intimate charm. A sense that it is lost in time. Like you are walking back into yesterday.

As enthusiasts for all things green, we are delighted to jump up and down about the amazing cycling routes and hiking trails in Co. Donegal. We want to share the wild variety of beautiful country routes with you!

Our hand-picked routes each show off a different face of Donegal landscape and culture, with many running through Gaelteacht (Irish-speaking) areas. In the Gaelteacht you can pick up a ‘cupla focal’ (a few words) of Irish easily in local shops and pubs on your journey.

You can put together your own tour to suit your schedule and energy levels on any given day. We offer 6 iconic hiking and cycling routes, and provide all equipment, a knowledgeable guide, advice and maps.. 

Simply choose a tour package that suits you from the options when booking. For each hike or cycle route we will meet you at a location you wish to start at- just add a note to your booking where you want to start and end.

We also provide these tours as self-guided. For our self-guided rates please contact us. We provide you with trail advice including maps and information when you book. For self-guided cycles, route maps, cycling equipment (including a car rack) can be picked up locally.

We recommend the best local accommodation on the routes for your overnights in the area which you can advance book (see links below).

Route 1- ‘Highland Wander’

Hike through the Donegal Highlands from sky-blue lakelands at Gartan and Glenveagh National Park and along the ‘green road’ to Creeslough. This is a glacial landscape at its best. You weave your way on trails surrounded by dramatic hill-sides. The trail is easy-moderate, so no experience is required. Lakes sparkle and you can smell the heather. Your end point is the village of Creeslough, at the foot of Muckish Mountain. We recommend a cosy night in a wooden glamping pod or bell tent at Wild Atlantic Camp! But remember to pre-book.

‘Route 2- Tour de Muckish’

Cycle on back roads and Donegal’s first converted old railway, from Creeslough to Gortahork, with Muckish as an amazing selfie backdrop. Your journey rediscovers the historic railway by bike. Scene of a dramatic crash in the 1920’s, the railway finally closed in the 1947. It now houses a great multi-use trail. Ideal for biking your way from town to town. Passing below Muckish, you will cycle unhindered on back trails that used to form the railway tracks itself. What better overnight than in the recently converted old railway station at Cashelnagore nestled in the shadow of Errigal?

Route 3- ‘Coastal and Cool’

Hike this dramatic coastal trail and get the coolest free hairstyle ever! A wind-blown trail from Cnoc Fola to laid back beaches at Bunbeg, the entire trail is a breath of fresh air, quite literally! The wild Atlantic laps your feet all the way from Greenland and North America- non-stop. Stone wall fields litter the landscape and the trail leads through quaint harbours and prized maram grass dune-scapes. Our favourite overnight in Gweedore is Teac Campbell which provides a warm welcome in the heart of Irish-speaking Bunbeg.

Route 4- ‘Rocky Rosses’

Cycle through the rocky Rosses- a lowland area unique to Donegal littered with small glacial lakes and stunning beaches. Annagry is close to Donegal’s famous and fabulous airport recently voted the best place to fly into in Europe. The minor roads you will cycle on give views of the entire north west corner of Donegal as the coastline rounds the bends from Gweedore to Dungloe. Arriving at Burtonport, you can jump on a ferry to Aranmore Island to complete this rustic tour around dramatic sea cliffs. Staying over? Check out the ultimate B&B with a view, Muldowney’s.

Route 5- ‘Wild at Heart’

Wander some of the quietest countryside from Crolly, former home of the ‘Crolly Doll’ factory, through the heart of the county. Tiny roads and occasional mountain tracks wind their way through the foothills of the Derryveaghs and numerous sparkling glacial loughs and finally to the sea at Maghery Strand. Stay in the cosy Greenhouse Cabins  in Crolly.

Route 6- ‘Back to Basics’

Hike the true backcountry from Fintown on well-trodden trails to Doochary, passing old abandoned settlements, wandering sheep and the ubiquitous vibrant purple bell-heather that brings Donegal’s past fully alive to the senses. This route connects with Route 5 and is 90% off-road on single tracks or forest trails through genuinely unspoilt countryside bordering Glenveagh National Park. Stay in the cosy Greenhouse Cabins  in Crolly at the end of a long day!

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Lorcan McBride

Director

I have been making the outdoors both my work and passion for over 10 years now- and every activity brings new people, new places, and new discoveries. What keeps me smiling is discovering the depth of Ireland’s natural heritage- and how people take to it so positively. I have been working with community leaders in Aotearoa/New Zealand for years to understand our own indigenous identity.

Robin Crouch

Director

Robin is a director of the company and experienced outdoor leader. Specialising in environmental education, Robin is a proud home-schooler and spends a lot of time exploring the outdoors on a daily basis with his young family. He loves climbing and canoeing, always including some  foraged food en route!

Shayne McClure

Adventure Guide

Shayne has a versatile and with a buoyant sense of humour, a people-person equally comfortable on the water, the hill-side or on a mountain-bike. A native of Donegal, Shayne understands the people of the county well. He develops a good rapport with people and is an engaging member of the company when working with younger people.

Darren Thompson

Adventure Guide

Born in the city, Darren spent 12 years working in Scotland leading water and land based expeditions. Living in Inishowen since 2018, he is happiest when rock-climbing and kayaking around our beautiful coast-line

Liam Campbell

Environmental Anthropologist

Hello! I’m a native of Inishowen and a Heritage Officer at Lough Neagh- our biggest inland freshwater lake. I’ve published and lectured widely on heritage and environmental issues in Ireland and internationally. My Ph.D. is in environmental anthropology and I love getting to see this in action outdoors.

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