Local poet William Allingham may well have had Lough Eske in mind when he wrote his poem, 'Four Ducks on a Pond': -
Four ducks on a ... more »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, the second part of The Bluestack Way App meanders by the shore before rising to give you a panoramic view of the area right across to county Tyrone before entering the valley of Eglish, passing Owenboy and getting us as far as Letterfad bog before settling for the night at The Bluestack Centre. 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 six guides available on the 'Bluestack Way App' - simply click on the link to the Bluestack Way App to have access to all six. From there, you'll need to download each guide separately. We recommend using the EveryTrail PRO app for offline access.
Some of the treats you can expect to find on today's walk 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 nowhere else on Earth quite like Donegal and in turn, there's nowhere in Donegal quite like Lough Eske.
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 +353(0)86 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.
This guide was produced for Donegal Walkers Welcome with the aid of funding from The Heritage Council. less «