2014 update: this guide is part of the free Donegal App http://www.donegalapp.com/
Local poet William Allingham may well have had... more » Lough Eske in mind when he wrote his poem, 'Four Ducks on a Pond': -
Four ducks on a pond,
A grass-bank beyond,
A blue sky of spring,
White clouds on the wing;
What a little thing
To remember for years-
To remember with tears!
Starting off at Lough Eske Castle by the banks of Lough Eske and at the base of the magnificent Bluestack mountains, this leisurely nature guide meanders by the shore before rising gently to give you a panoramic view of the area right across to county Tyrone. We'll be telling you a bit more about the area along the way, but we'd advise you to be on the look out for a myriad of sights and sounds that Mother Nature has on offer out here.
This guide is one of the many guides available on the Donegal Town App, all available for free - simply click on the link to the Donegal Town App via the EveryTrail platform to have access to all of them. For those viewing this page on Trip Advisor, it is worth going to the app with nearly 20 guides at your disposal, the difference being that certain guides have audio clips to enjoy. The link to the app is: http://www.everytrail.com/guide/donegal-town-guides. From there, you'll need to download each guide separately. We recommend using EveryTrail Pro for offline access. The more dedicated walker might be interested in downloading our new Bluestack Way app. In addition, we have a full free native app for County Donegal that includes nearly 600 Points of Interest of both the county and its neighbouring counties: http://www.donegalapp.com/
Some of the treats you can expect to find on your short jaunt are the (possible) sighting of golden eagles, Californian redwoods, red deer, blue hare and every sort of flora from marsh marigolds to cuckoo flowers, meadowsweet to umbellifers. You're in a place of immense beauty and fresh air where lichen grows freely as it does where air is truly fresh and where everyone from Fionn McCumhail to friars, gentry to bandits have visited and savoured.
It's now your turn as we tell you all you'll need to know about an area that contains both the biggest and the smallest townlands in Ireland, its abundance of wildlife and its connection with the Beatles, a place where the greatest of all medieval books was completed and theories of the lough being connected to Lough Ness have been expounded. Anyone in the know will tell you there's no where else on Earth quite like Donegal and in turn, there's no where in Donegal quite like Lough Eske. Welcome to a very special place indeed.
This guide is indebted to the knowledge and assistance of the area's leading guide, Patsy McNulty. If this guide has whetted your appetite, enjoy the real thing complete with the banter and turn of phrase that comes from a seasoned pro - contact Patsy on 086 7941234 about walks all around south west Donegal. Thanks also to Moya and Alex Reid for their encyclopedic knowledge of the area's flora and fauna. less «