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Ballymacran

This mainly flat, 4-kilometre walk along a track skirting the sea wall between Ballykelly and Ballymacran has to be among the most beautiful anywhere in Ireland. Walkers can begin their journey at either end of the route knowing that whichever direction they proceed in, and whatever the weather, they will be rewarded with stunning scenery.

The imposing Binevenagh Mountain, a rugged, 9-kilometre-long plateau with a steep, craggy cliff face, looms to the north. It’s been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. To the west, across Lough Foyle, lie the hills of Inishowen in north Donegal.

Lough Foyle is a wetland of considerable international significance and, depending on the season and tide levels, you can expect to see a wide variety of waders and wildfowl on the mudflats. Inland, where land has been reclaimed from the sea, you can see flocks of migrating swans. Other local birdlife includes brent geese, whooper swans, golden plovers, cormorants, lapwings, ducks, curlews, dippers and oystercatchers.

The former RAF Ballykelly air base played a vital role in World War II and just offshore, at low tide, walkers may glimpse the wreckage of a Vought Corsair aircraft which crashed in Lough Foyle in 1944.

The route of the walk is flat and well-surfaced, and car-parking is available at both ends.

 

 


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