Village Shore Walk
The walk takes you along a coastal path past were you will experience beautiful views of Lough Foyle, the 14th century Northburg castle (Greencastle), the old Napoleonic Fort and Martello.
The path surface is suitable for prams, wheelchairs and children.
Location: Greencastle Village
Moville to Greencastle
A traffic free walk which follows the shoreline of Lough Foyle from the shorefront in Moville north east towards Greencastle. It is virtually level with only gentle inclines along the route. The route passes quiet beaches, elegant shore-front dwellings and a number of sites of historic interest. Wildlife is abundant and the views in all directions, particularly across the Foyle to County Derry are superb.
Distance 2 kms. Time Needed 45 mins.
Grading Easy. Height Gain Nil.
Trail Surface Concrete.
Markers Brown finger signs and Sli na Slainte Markers.
Location Starts at Moville shore front for coast path and the Diamond for Sli na Slainte.
· Easily Accessible
· Good surface
· Level walking
Landscape Excellent coastal views of Lough Foyle. The horizon is dominated by the hills of the Derry and Antrim coasts.
· The ‘Green’/Car Park at Moville Shore Front.
· There is parking space for around 40 cars.
Waymarkers and signage
Brown Finger Signs and Sli na Slainte signs
Elevation & Climbing Nil
Trail Surface Concrete path approximately 2 meters wide.
This spectacular walk follows a route through some of Donegal’s most impressive coastal scenery. Within a relatively short distance from the trail head the walker is in remote country with wonderful views (including Scotland on a fine day!).
Location 4 kms north-east of Greencastle and on the western shore of Lough Foyle.
Status National Loop Walk
Distance 8.5 kms Time Needed 2 – 3 hrs
Grading Moderate Height Gain 230 meters
Trail Surface Bog roads, tarmac
Markers Black Plastic markers with blue symbols and National Waymarked Way arrows.
· Coastal scenery
· Viewpoints (Torcrom, shoulder of Crocknasmug)
· Ease of access
Topography and ground conditions
· Rugged hills and dramatic coastal cliffs/steep ground. The high ground is dominated by Crocknasmug (322 meters). Coastal views include Lough Foyle, the north coast of Inishowen and Northern Ireland, and Scotland on a fine day.
· Vegetation is predominantly upland heath.
· At upper elevations the land-use is primarily open grazing for sheep with some turf cutting. Lower down the land is enclosed agricultural land, domestic dwellings and some forestry.
Trailhead Gravel surfaced car park at Inishowen Head with space for around 6 cars. The trailhead is well signposted from the upper road between Stroove and Greencastle and from Stroove beach. Additional car parking spaces are needed to cater for busy periods.
Waymarkers and signage
· Black recycled plastic markers with blue walking person symbols and National Loop Walk arrows.
· Signs on road warning motorists of walkers on the road ahead.
Elevation & Climbing The highest point is 285m at the shoulder of Crocknasmug. The overall height gained is 230 meters. There are short stretches of steep climb with gradients up to 25%.
There are two principal stretches of climbing:
1. From Stroove to the shoulder of Crocknasmug – 230 meters over 2kms
2. From Glenane to Torcrom – 55m over 1km
Trail Surface Bog road and tarmac road.