Donegal Hiking


The Bluestack Mountains are found in South Donegal, beginning at the village of Pettigo on the Donegal and Fermanagh border. The mountains then head northwards to Barnes Mór Gap and then westwards to Killybegs.

They contain several lofty peaks but you don’t need to get to the top to see the magnificent scenery – it’s all around! There’s tumbling streams, waterfalls and rugged exhilarating scenery abound – it’s difficult to take a bad photograph around here!

If you want something a little less strenuous, head to Errigal Hostel & Glenveagh National Park for some beautiful hikes. While you’re there, get some great photos of the red deer and golden eagles that are regularly seen there.

Check out the Donegal Walkers Welcome site more details – they can help with route finding and trails while using the art of story telling to enrich your holiday and guide you through the rich history and diverse culture and landscape of this beautiful area.


If you need a little guidance on your walk or feel that your hiking skills could do with a little support, there are plenty of qualified and highly experienced walking/hiking guides most of whom are involved with the Bluestack Ramblers Walking Club – the Centre’s very own keen walking club!


Oideas Gael also have some great walks arranged for the year if you’re interested – just let them know – they’re very flexible so you join their one-day hikes if you wish! Take a look at the Oideas Gael Hill-walking dates and events calendar for more information.


Stay in one of our Donegal hostels – perfect for your trip!


Errigal Youth Hostel

5-star hostel in a stunning corner of Ireland

Opening dates: 1st March – 31st October, open all year for groups of 10+ persons!

SEE HERE for more information on Errigal Youth Hostel!

Bluestack Centre 

Idyllically located, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life

Opening dates: 1st March – 31st October

SEE HERE for more information on Bluestack Centre!


Trá na Rosann Youth Hostel

Originally a hunting-lodge only a 3 minute walk to Trá na Rosann beach

Opening dates: 16th May to 31st August

SEE HERE for more information on Trá na Rosann Youth Hostel!