In addition to the eight tours you can download onto your GPS device, we are providing you with details of the free Bluestack Way App which we also produced*. This app is available separately on the EveryTrail platform to download onto iPhone or Android devices and comes in five sections. The Bluestack Way is a 51km national waymarked way through often remote areas of County Donegal with spectacular views as it traverses the Bluestack Mountains. It connects Donegal town with the town of Ardara on the west coast, taking in the town of Glenties on its route following directional yellow arrows and yellow ‘walking man’ signs familiar to walkers worldwide.
Along the way, the trail passes by Lough Eske, climbs to the secluded Eglish valley and winds its way along the Eanymore river and across the foothills of the Bluestacks to reach an area called Disert, where an ancient holy well and graveyard are worth a visit. West of Disert, the route crosses the Bluestacks range over rough and remote high moorland terrain between Binbane and Cloghmeen Hill before descending along the Owenroe river to reach an old bog road.
This is followed across isolated bogland at Meenawannia to reach Glenties. From Glenties an easy half day walk joins the Owenea river and follows the run of the river, taking the route to its destination in the town of Ardara.
Trail Start: The Diamond, Donegal Town
Trail Finish: The Diamond, Ardara
Length: 65km (incl 14km alternative route)
Total Climb: 1230m
Time to complete: 3-4 days
Type: National Waymarked Way
Waymarking: Yellow arrows and walking man
Grid Ref: G 929 784
Grid ref: G 736 908
Maps: OSI Discovery Series Sheets 10 and 11
If you’re reading this via the Donegal App website, you need to click on the Bluestack Way App link which allows you to view this as a multimedia app with video, audio, text and pictures – enjoy it as it should be with all of these additions. To listen to the audio on your computer, you will need Adobe Flash Player.
GETTING YOUR BEARINGS
The Bluestack Way App starts on The Diamond in Donegal Town – look out for the sign by the Bank of Ireland for an overview of the Way. Our App is primarily designed to tell you about the lore of the area. We will help guide you along the route with our maps, but please be armed with OS Maps 10 and 11, available from nearby Timony’s Spar Shop & Newsagent by Donegal Castle as well as a compass, a mobile phone, good quality footwear and raingear. We recommend you do a few days preparation and make sure you enjoy a night’s fun in Donegal Town itself the night before your walk begins in earnest. We recommend The Harbour Restaurant (Early Bird menu before 7pm) for good food and The Reel Inn for good trad music. For accommodation, the Water’s Edge B&B overlooking Donegal Bay is a guesthouse highly regarded by walking enthusiasts.
MAKING THE MOST OF THE APP
2017 UPDATE – SADLY, THIS APP IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD AS EVERYTRAIL IS NO MORE. We highly recommend you download the EveryTrail PRO upgraded app to properly enjoy the Bluestack Way.The EveryTrail PRO app allows for offline access – a one off payment of €3.59 that ensures you have access to the maps and audio when you need it out on the Way. EveryTrail PRO can be downloaded onto iPhone or Android devices. That money goes to EveryTrail PRO’s makers, not us – our guides are free.
This Bundle contains six guides available on the Bluestack Way App, all available for free – simply click on the ‘Download to Phone’ link in the top right of this page to get access to the Bundle. The guides in the Bundle are as follows:-
- The Bluestack Way Part One – Donegal Town to Lough Eske.
- The Bluestack Way Part Two – Lough Eske to Letterfad.
- The Bluestack Way Part Three – Letterfad to Glenties.
- The Bluestack Way Part Three alternative route bypasses the mountain section.
- The Bluestack Way Part Four – Glenties to Ardara.
- We also include our 70 POI complementary guide to County Donegal.
N.B. Each free guide will need to be individually downloaded from there, preferably in a WiFi zone. Once the Bundle is downloaded onto your device, click on the Contents section of the Bundle to see the six guides. To download each guide, simply scroll down and click on the ‘Download Options’ of each one.
*In view of the fact that this audio tour is well over 70 meg and is for a limited market, we decided it best to leave it off the main Donegal App, but let the hill walkers out there still have easy access to it.