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Walking

Immerse yourself with the spectacular scenery of the North West with very little traffic in clean unspoilt countryside.

There are 31 Waymarked Ways in Ireland, of which seven are in the North West region.  A grading system has also been introduced for each walking section. This grade gives a general indication as to the level of difficulty you can expect on each section of each Waymarked Way listed.
http://www.croagh-patrick.com
Croagh Patrick Centre or Teach na Miasa in Irish is a visitor centre at the foot of Croagh Patrick, Ireland's Holy Mountain overlooking Clew Bay, chosen by St. Patrick in 441 for a 40-day fast. In addition to providing guidance and toilet/shower facilities for those who venture out to climb the 2,510-foot mountain, this purpose-built centre also serves as an information source for non-climbing visitors about the mountain and its traditions. The exhibits include a photo gallery and displays on the archaeological, social, and religious history of the mountain. For those who have an hour to spare, there is a 55-minute audio-visual shown throughout the day. Guided tours of the mountain are also available from the centre. Facilities include a coffee shop, self-service restaurant, and craft shop selling locally-made crafts, maps, books on local history and archaeology, and gear for the trek, i.e walking sticks, socks, and rain wear. It is located 5 miles west of Westport. Open daily March to October.
http://www.croagh-patrick.com
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http://www.gartan.com/
Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre is situated on a large 87-acre woodland estate and on the shores of beautiful Lough Gartan. The secluded location in the heart of Donegal, makes for an ideal base for a wide variety of adventure activities. For over a quarter of century Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre has been providing courses at all levels in a wide range of outdoor pursuits. From Outdoor Learning and Adventure Sport training courses to holidays and guided trips, there are activities to suit all levels of experience on offer. Comfortable, quality accommodation is available on site along with excellent catering too. Individuals of all ages, schools, colleges and universities, sporting teams and companies are welcome to join their courses and events. Activities available include Archery, Canadian Canoing, Coasteering, Gorge Walking, Hillwalking, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Orienteering, Orienteering, Power Boating, Raft Building, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Sea Kayaking, Surfing, Whitewater Kayaking, Windsurfing.
http://www.gartan.com/
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http://www.glenveaghnationalpark.ie/
Glenveagh National Park is one of Donegal’s treasures. It can be found in the heart of Donegal and covers over 16,000 hectares making it the largest National Park in Ireland. In this brief article we take a closer look at what makes this national park one of the top attractions in the north west of Ireland. The Glenveagh National Park can be found about 24km north west of Letterkenny in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains. With its pristine lakes, mountains, boglands, moorlands, rivers and wilderness, this remote and peaceful national park is hauntingly beautiful and serene. The park consists of three distinct areas; the peatlands of Lough Barra bog, the quartzite hills and the Glenveagh Estate & Derryveagh Mountains. Glenveagh Park was first established as an Estate back in 1861 when John Adair built a castle here and wanted to create an estate as beautiful as Balmoral (the Scottish retreat of Queen Victoria). To do this, he cleared tenants from the lands so as not to obstruct his plans to create a vast recreational and hunting ground. The castle and park fell into private ownership down through the years and was eventually handed over to the State by Mr. Henry McIlhenry. In 1984 the park opened to the public for the first time while the castle opened in 1986. A good place to start your tour of Glenveagh National Park is the Visitor Centre. It’s located at the edge of the park, on the northern end of Lough Veagh. It provides an excellent introduction to the park as well as a detailed history and lots more info on the walking trails, the flora, fauna, events etc. The Scottish baronial style Glenveagh Castle was built between 1867-73. The castle has a breathtaking location in a beautiful remote setting surrounded by mountains, lakes, woods and glens. Access to the castle is by private guided tour only, which lasts 30 minutes. The tour is well worth it to see the beautiful preserved interiors boasting original antiques and furnishings from times gone by. Glenveagh National Park is also famous for being home to one of the largest herd of red deer in Ireland, who graze on the upper mountains during the summer months and come down to the lowlands during the winter. The park also has a number of Golden Eagles, which became wiped out in Ireland over 100 years ago mainly due to over hunting. Other animals to see in the park include the hare, stoat, badger, foxes and a wide range of birds. Visitors to Glenveagh National Park can enjoy a number of walks either self guided or with a tour guide. The most popular trails are the ‘View Point’ trail (2km) and the Tree Trail which takes the visitor from the visitor centre to the castle. With so much to see and do here, visitors should allow an entire day here and even at that, you will only get a glimpse at what this park has to offer.
http://www.glenveaghnationalpark.ie/
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http://www.lakesidecaravanandcamping.com/
The Lakeside Centre is a combination of outdoor activity centre and caravan and camping park. It is located only 500meters from Ballyshannon Town and is on the shores of Assaroe Lake with easy access to the water for watersport activities. Visitors have the option of bringing their own sail boats, canoes or kayaks or you can hire from the range of sail boats, canoes or kayaks at the centre. Equipment for hire includes Sailing dinghy’s, Windsurfing, Canoeing, Kayaking and Rafts. On land activities include Archery, Orienteering, Astro Soccer. Walking tours and Team Games can also be arranged. Visitors can also obtain permits to fish on the lake and bring their own boat should they wish. Full Failte Ireland approved 4 star rated caravan and campsite facilities available along with meeting rooms for hire and a fully equipped restaurant and dance floor with panoramic views of Lake Assaroe. Its ideal for special events or conferences.
http://www.lakesidecaravanandcamping.com/
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