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The Old Railway Walk - Siúlóid an tSean Bhóthar Iarainn

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Burtonport Harbour, Burtonport, Donegal, Republic of Ireland
Mr David Alcorn
T: +353(0)749542774
E: burtonportoldrailwaywalk@gmail.com

This beautiful linear walking/cycle trail, filled to the brim with spectacular scenary and woodland was originally the route taken by the train which connected Burtonport to Letterkenny between 1903 & 1940.

The trail, which has its information points situated in the public carpark across from O'Donnells Bar near the harbour area in Burtonport, and again at the crossroads in Meenbannad, Co. Donegal is a linear walk of ca.5.5km or ca.11km return.

Scenery along the route is superb with views overlooking Loch Waskal and taking in various costal islands along the way. There are many features of the old railway remaining which you can view along the way including: stations, gatehouses, accommodation crossings - the pillars, cuttings, embankments, a bridge, rusty gates and much, much more. The trail is generally flat and is suitable for prams, buggies and leisure bikes, there are also many places to sit, rest and picnic along the way. Please note however that there is a very steep section towards the Meenbannad section (for about 50m) where the trail leaves the railway corridor and leads the walker up a steep bank on to the tarred road.

In Burtonport itself there is a lovely harbour area from where one can access a ferry to Árainn Mhór, link up with boats specialising in diving, fishing and scenic Island tours etc.. Meals are served daily at the fabulous Lobster Pot Bar & Resturant and if its just a cup of tea or coffee you fancy theres specialised coffee for sale at the harbour or a free cup going at the Burtonport Welcome centre where you will also be treated to a delightful array of locally sourced craft and a heritage collection of fishing and country life memorabalia .