The Wild Atlantic Way Begins in the Glens of Donegal
by Ronan Dillon
The tallest peak of the Derryveagh Mountains, the tallest peak in County Donegal at 749 metres (2,457 ft). Errigal is also the most southern, steepest and highest of the mountain chain, called the "Seven Sisters".
Local food industry has been well established in Donegal, a county which benefits from it's coastal location of the start of the Wild Atlantic Way. The Donegal Food Festival takes place in August each year.
For out doors mountaitn enthusiast, Donegal has it all. Donegal is the most mountainous in Ulster consisting of two main ranges of low mountains; the Derryveagh Mountains in the north and the Blue Stack Mountains in the south, with Mount Errigal the highest peak. The mountain route initially starts off by crossing heavily eroded and boggy land towards a visible track through the shiny scree from where the ascent proper starts. After reaching the summit, people usually walk the short but exposed walk along ‘One Man’s Pass’ which leads across to the second and lower of the twin summits. No special equipment is needed to climb the mountain, but caution is advised.
Donegal has a deeply indented coastline forming natural sea loughs, of which both Lough Swilly and Lough Foyle are the most notable. The Slieve League cliffs are the sixth-highest sea cliffs in Europe, while Malin Head is the most northerly point on the island of Ireland. It is easy to see why Donegal is attracting the fitness and trekking tourists. The fresh area and scenic views would have anyone well energised even after a short weekend stay. The vast array of out door activities will ensure the calories are burnt.
Taste of Donegal
The three day festival of food and drink takes place 25 -27 August 2017. Tickets to the event is €5 for a day ticket or €12 for a three day pass.